While the Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) announced on Sunday that finally, the much-awaited cricket tournament IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, 2020. Following which came news of the IPL Governing Council members retaining the sponsors for the tournament to be held in UAE as per reports in PTI. However, pulling out from the sponsor's list is the mobile brand, VIVO from China. VIVO was the title sponsor for this cricket tournament and had invested Rs 2,199 crore in 2018 for a five-year deal. The move came after India and China clashes took place in Ladakh in June 2020 and Government Of India too went on to ban more than 59 Chinese apps.
In the press release of BCCI, it was stated, “The Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL GC) met today via video-conference to decide on the issues concerning the VIVO IPL 2020 edition. Taking note of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India, the IPL GC decided to stage the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi subject to necessary clearances from the Government of India.”
Probably a member of the IPL Governing Council without disclosing his identity was quoted saying by PTI, “All I can say is that all our sponsors are with us. Hopefully, you can read between the lines.”
The tournament will take place in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi in UAE depending upon the government's approval. Usually played in India, this 13th season of IPL was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. ALSO READ: IPL 2020 To Be Held Soon? BCCI President Sourav Ganguly In Midst Of Chalking Out A Plan Even If It Means Playing In Empty Stadium
Giving further deets about the soon to be held tournament, as per reports in PTI it read, “IPL 2020 will be played from 19th September and the final will be played on 10th November 2020. The 53-day tournament will witness 10-afternoon matches starting at 15:30 IST while the evening matches will start at 19:30 IST.” ALSO READ: MS Dhoni's New 'Short Hair, No Beard' Look Ahead Of IPL 2020 Leaves His Fans Amazed
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