Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajeev Shukla has said that the 2020 edition of the IPL will be successful, citing that UAE is the best place for hosting this year’s tournament.
“UAE gives good response and also broadcast timing fits for India as per time difference. UAE is the best place for IPL,” Shukla told ANI.
When he was asked whether the event will be successful amid this crunch time of COVID-19, he said, “There is no doubt about it. BCCI’s commitment with all cricket fans of conducting IPL every year, this will also be fulfilled.”
The 13th edition of IPL is scheduled to take place from September 19 to November 10 in the UAE because of the rise of COVID positive cases in the country. The decision was made in the IPL’s Governing Council (GC) meeting on Sunday as well. However, the 2020 edition of the cash-rich T20 tournament will be played at three venues (Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah) in the UAE.
On the other hand, the media advisory of the league has confirmed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to part ways from their partnership with Vivo Mobile India Pvt Ltd for IPL in 2020. The decision was taken keeping the India-China relation and its effect on fans in mind as well. Even there were several apps already banned in the country and there were calls for boycotting Chinese products as well.
While talking about the same, Shukla said, “Vivo and BCCI have mutually decided to suspend Vivo’s sponsorship for this season. It will impact revenue and that would be a problem but our prime focus is to start cricket, priority is to start cricket. 182 countries watch cricket. To start cricket this has been done.”
Shukla further added, “Keeping in the mind current atmosphere, current environment, current perception this decision has been taken which is fully correct and we endorse that.”