The season of joyous has been set, beating hearts of fans never like before. It is the IPL jingling all away, craving the audience and their enthusiasm over pandemic. The shrieking is about to telecast soon within the audience for their favourite teams.
Yesterday the BCCI announced the dates for IPL. The BCCI has confirmed that the IPL 2020 will be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19. The match will be played in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi, which has been subjected to approval from the Indian government.
The decision was finalised after the IPL governing council’s meeting, which was held via a video-conference to discuss the issues concerning the 2020 edition. The cricketing board has decided that the first match will be played on September 19, followed by the final on November 10, 2020.
The 53-day tournament will witness 10-afternoon events starting at 15:30 IST while the evening matches will begin at 19:30 IST. Women’s T20 Cricket league will also take place in the UAE and will comprise three teams with four games to be played during the IPL Playoff week.
IPL 2020 has been made possible by the ICC’s decision to postpone the October-November Twenty20 World Cup in Australia owing to the COVID-19 pandemic due to which the host country expressed its inability to conduct the event. A lingering issue put on Sunday was regarding Chinese sponsorship of the IPL which sponsors around 440 crores for the league.
It became a bone of debate after violent clashes between the Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh in June 2020. India lost it’s 20 soldiers in the showdown, causing outrage across the whole country among people after which the BCCI promised to review the deals.
The BCCI announced on Sunday that it has decided to retain all sponsors for IPL 2020. This meant that past sponsors like Chinese mobile manufacturer VIVO and other companies having Chinese investments like Paytm would be part of the sponsors’ list for IPL 2020.
After the decision was announced, a Governing Council member speaking to PTI said that “all he can say is that all sponsors are with them and that hopefully, everyone can read between the lines”.
The decision to not sever ties with Chinese companies has proven to be a strife one thus far, in light of the recent clashes between Indian and Chinese troops. Soon after it was revealed that the BCCI VIVO deal would continue for IPL 2020, #BoycottIPL started trending on Twitter.
Many cricket fans expressed their disappointment at the decision while also questioning Sourav Ganguly on the same. Fans tweeted about the issue, while also sharing memes to examine why a Chinese company is associated with the Indian tournament.
Written By Mousami Jena
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