BCCI to take a call on ‘VIVO’ IPL sponsorship after digital ban on China

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The global pandemic novel coronavirus has brought the world into a standstill which not only affected people but also postponed all the sporting events around the globe. This also included the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) which was earlier scheduled to begin from March 29 but later postponed to April 15 amid the pandemic outbreak in the country. 

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However, the situation started decreasing which led the tournament postponed for the indefinite time period. Moreover, there is a question mark on the fate of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Australia later this year, although the ICC didn’t take a call on it yet. Amid this situation, the Indian Govt. has recently banned several Chinese applications and the question raised on the sponsorship of IPL as well.

However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) hasn’t taken any decision over Chinese sponsorship in the Indian Premier League (IPL) yet although, a source within the board said that no date has been fixed yet for the IPL review meeting amid this critical situation.

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“As of now, no date has been decided for the IPL review meeting. There are other issues that BCCI is looking into. The franchises are entitled to their opinion. We will make a decision which will be in the best interest of cricket and country. The meeting will take place once we work on all surrounding issues of IPL,” the source told ANI.

The decision came after the ongoing tiff regarding the border with China in Eastern Ladakh. However, the Centre banned 59 Chinese apps which also included two most popular apps – Tik Tok and UC Browser. While Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Law, Electronics and Information Technology Minister said that the government has banned the apps for safety, security, defence, sovereignty, and integrity of India, a release from the Ministry of Information Technology shared those apps might be “engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order”.

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