IPL 2020 is just around the corner as all fans and cricketers are eagerly waiting for the league to commence in United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, after Vivo has pulled out as the official sponsor for IPL this year it has massively extended the work of BCCI. The biggest T20 league in the world is currently without an official sponsor.
BCCI has done a commendable job by creating a detailed plan for all the franchises. Nonetheless, they will now have to work overtime to find a new sponsor for the league this year. According to a franchise official, the pull-out of the Chinese company Vivo is a significant setback for the IPL and has now made things complicated. Franchise owners are now worried about the fact that various other Chinese names will now also be staying away from the franchise sponsorship.
VIVO pull out is a massive setback – IPL franchise
“VIVO pullout is a big-big setback. This may lead to the Chinese brands staying away from the franchise sponsorships and as well as on-air advertising. We have not been communicated about anything from the BCCI. We are putting our bookings on hold for now. There are too many problems with IPL now”, a franchise official told InsideSport.
Meanwhile, different franchise official stated that there is still no information from the BCCI regarding the sponsorship of this year’s IPL. He added that BCCI should have proper communication with all the IPL franchises regarding everything to have smooth conduct of IPL 2020.
“We understand the situation is very tough at this stage and BCCI is trying its best but why they want to hide things from us. We too are stakeholders of the IPL, we too require proper communication. Till date, BCCI has not even communicated with us on any logistics or have given SOPs to us. This season seems to be jinxed”, a franchise official down South said.
The 13th edition of the IPL will be played between September 19- November 10 in UAE for the second time. All the matches will be conducted in a bio-secure environment and players will not be allowed to go outside the bubble. Every franchise will consist of 24 players that will fly to UAE later this month for IPL 2020.