Rumors have been circulating in Indian cricket since 20 Indian soldiers were killed in clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley. Gradually that buzz is taking the form of more robust demand. Opposition groups called into question the future of the Indian cricket board’s multiple sponsorship agreements with Chinese companies. Furthermore, opposition groups also demanded to terminates Vivo contract from IPL.
The governing body has also called a meeting to review various sponsorship deals in the IPL, a popular franchise-based cricket tournament. The government has already banned 59 Chinese mobile apps. As a result, the pressure of Chinese sponsorship on the BCCI is increasing.
This time, Ness Wadia, one of the owners of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, put a little more pressure on the Indian Cricket Board to terminates the VIVO contract. His apparent demand is that IPL contracts with Chinese sponsors should be discontinued.
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Wadia told PTI that in the interest of the country, we must do it (severing the IPL agreement with a Chinese company). Before the country, after the money. Moreover, it is the Indian Premier League, not the Chinese Premier League. The rest need to be shown the way by setting an example. ‘
He added: ‘It’s just that it’s hard to find a new sponsor in a hurry. But I am sure many Indian organizations can sponsor the IPL. We must have respect for the country, for the government, and above all, for those who gave their lives.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has yet to fix a final date for this year’s IPL for the deadly coronavirus. There are also doubts about the cancellation. However, if the Australia T20 World Cup is canceled, the Indian Cricket Board, led by Sourav Ganguly, is ready to host the IPL not only in its own country but also in other countries.