IPL seems impossible without Chinese companies
Permission has been granted by the Government of India to host the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 13th edition of the IPL will be held in the United Arab Emirates. The final of the tournament will start on September 19 and end on November 10.
But the bigger news is that for this season, the IPL authorities have left all their sponsors as before. In other words, the title sponsor of the IPL this year is the Chinese mobile manufacturer Vivo. However, recent China-India relations have been strained. Negotiations began across India to exclude Chinese companies from the IPL. But in the end, the BCCI backed away from their decision and left the Chinese company as the title sponsor of the IPL.
Protests have already started on social media. #BoycottIPL in the top trending on Twitter. This time the political circles also joined in the protest. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has sharply criticized the Indian government’s decision with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Omar’s allegations that the government’s China policy is very misleading. And because of this confusion, China is getting a chance to dominate India. He wrote on Twitter,
“Chinese cellphone makers will continue as title sponsors of the IPL while people are told to boycott Chinese products. It’s no wonder China is thumbing it’s nose at us when we are so confused about how to handle Chinese money/investment/sponsorship/advertising.”
“BCCI/IPL governing council has decided to retain all sponsors including the big Chinese ones,” the National Conference leader said in a very aggressive tone. “I feel bad for those idiots who threw their Chinese made TVs off their balconies only to see this happen.”
Incidentally, all the Chinese companies, including Vivo, Alibaba and Pay-TM, have invested heavily in Indian cricket. BCCI’s main income source is the IPL title sponsor ‘Vivo’. Which is Chinese mobile company. Vivo alone pays the BCCI Rs 440 crore every year to host the IPL.