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IPL Sponsors VIVO has pulled out of this year’s season amid row

VIVO has pulled out as the title sponsor of the Indian Premier League (IPL), following backlash on social media. The BCCI on Sunday had announced that all sponsors were being retained, The IPL franchise, already fighting tooth and nail compensation from BCCI over having to lose out on gate money in UAE this season.

Given the Political climate, The BCCI and IPL Governing Council have faced criticism for deciding not to cut ties with the Chinese company and the fresh call has been taken now.

VIVO pulled out following criticism on social media in the backdrop of the clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh in June. 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,” BCCI had said in a press release.

IPL Captains representing their teams.

BCCI’s bigger headache will be to find suitable replacement especially in this market ruined by covid and at such short notice

“Even if the board can get a replacement at 50% of the value, it’ll be achievement. lets hope thing’s settle amicably. The IPL has been planned and everything’s set,” Industry stake holders opinned.

Defending IPL champions Mumbai Indians and all the seven IPL teams along with support staffs to be tested atleast 5 times for corona virus before boarding flight to UAE. official said that players have already started arriving and there is a strict protocol in place to ensure that nobody falls prey to the corona virus.The domestic players have started to arrive and they all are sent into a 14-day quarantine wherein the only time they are allowed to exit the room is when they need to get their test done. Apart from that, all facilities are being provided inside the rooms.

Commenting on when the team plans to leave, the official said: “Let’s see. Maybe around August 21 or 22. The final date hasn’t been zeroed in on as yet. We should have a clearer picture after the meeting with the IPL Governing Council.”

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