While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are gearing up to host the 2020 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in UAE, they have kept their Chinese sponsors, intact for the league which left many in shock. Amid this situation, the RSS-affiliate Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) on Monday said people should consider boycotting the cash-rich league.
SJM’s co-convener Ashwani Mahajan said in a statement the BCCI and the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council have shown disrespect to the Indian soldiers killed by Chinese army with its decision to keep its Chinese sponsors intact for the league.
“At a time when the country is striving hard to make our economy free from Chinese dominance in the markets, the government is making all efforts to keep China out of our markets, this act of the IPL Governing Council is an aberration to the nation’s mood,” Mahajan said.
He further added that people should consider boycotting the T20 league. However, Mahajan also requested the IPL organisers and the BCCI to rethink about their decision about Chinese sponsor for the cricket league, while claiming that nothing is above the country’s security and dignity.
Notably, the IPL Governing Council decided on Sunday to keep its Chinese companies for this season, which are the tournament’s major sponsors. VIVO, the Chinese mobile phone manufacture company, is the title sponsor of the cash-rich T20 cricket league. Meanwhile, VIVO has paid more than Rs 2,000 crore to the BCCI, the owners of the tournament, for a part of a five-year deal as well.
On the other hand, the Emirates Cricket Board wants to fill up 30-50 per cent of the stadiums with spectators when the 13th edition of Indian Premier League will take place in the UAE with the government approves, secretary Mubashshir Usmani informed PTI on Friday. Last week, the chairman Brijesh Patel had told PTI that the decision about the spectators during the September 19-November 8 league will be taken by the UAE government only.