Though the BCCI has not confirmed that Chinese cell phone maker Vivo has pulled out of title sponsorship for this season, it’s doubtless that the corporate will again out from the Rs 440 crore per yr contract a minimum of this season given the hovering Sino-India diplomatic tensions.
“There is much speculation going on. I think it is ridiculous. The only thing we (team owners) know is that the IPL is happening. We are very concerned about the safety of the players and all others involved. Even if there is one case, the IPL could be doomed,” Wadia instructed PTI after the homeowners’ assembly on Wednesday (August 5).
Following the “violent face-off” between the Indian and Chinese troopers in japanese Ladakh in June, Wadia had stated that the IPL ought to step by step transfer away from Chinese sponsors.
Irrespective of Vivo’s future within the IPL, Wadia stated there are sufficient sponsors to interchange the Chinese firm if such a necessity arises.
“I don’t know what the BCCI has decided on title sponsorship. All the team owners had a productive meeting and are on the same page to make IPL a success. We need to support the BCCI and will be meeting again soon,” he stated.
In the present financial local weather, Wadia expects the sponsors, whether or not group or IPL, to barter exhausting.
“All the sponsors are going to barter exhausting however I’ll change by title if it’s not probably the most watched IPL ever. It would be the finest ever IPL. You mark my phrases. Sponsors could be silly to not be a part of IPL this yr.
“It could be a mistaken business determination on their half to not be part of the IPL. I really imagine that if I used to be a sponsor, I’d be bounce proper in.”
The BCCI has despatched an exhaustive 16-page SOP to groups for a clean conduct of the match. It requires gamers, help employees, group officers and homeowners to be a part of a bio-secure surroundings.
Wadia himself has not selected travelling to the UAE for the IPL however stated security cannot be compromised.
“We have to regulate and acclimatise to the (bio-secure) surroundings. One case might kill the IPL. Extraneous circumstances require odd individuals to do extraordinary issues,” he added.
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