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Governing Council meet: IPL 2020 final on Nov 10, Chinese sponsors intact

IPL governing council has decided to retain all its sponsors, including Chinese mobile company VIVO

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BS Web Team & PTI  |  New Delhi 

MI batsman Kieron Pollard speaks with umpires during the Indian Premier League 2019 final cricket match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. Photo: PTI
Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is still being prepared but there would be any number of Covid replacements this year, says an IPL GC member. File photo: PTI

The Governing Council meet for the 13th edition of (IPL 2020) on Sunday decided to retain all its sponsors, including Chinese mobile company VIVO, and approved Covid-19 replacements in the event to be held in UAE this year.

The will be played from September 19 to November 10, the IPL GC decided after a virtual meeting on Sunday. "All I can say is that all our sponsors are with us. Hopefully you can read between the lines," an IPL GC member told news agency PTI on conditions of anonymity.
 
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Chinese sponsorship became a bone of contention after the clashes between the Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh in June. The had promised to review the deals in the aftermath of the violent showdown.

In another major decision, the IPL GC also approved the women's IPL, a development that was first reported by PTI after speaking to president on Sunday.Forced out of India due to the rising Covid-19 case count here, the IPL will allow unlimited Covid-19 replacements considering the delicate health safety situation across the globe.


"We expect the the Home and External Affairs Ministry to give us necessary approvals within another week. The final will be played on November 10 as it enters the Diwali week making it lucrative for the broadcasters," the IPL GC member said.That the sponsorship deals will remain unaffected was reported by PTI on Saturday. It would have been difficult to get new sponsors for the Board at a short notice given the current financially difficult climate.

It is expected that the squad strength in terms of playing members will be 24 the eight franchises."Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is still being prepared but there would be any number of Covid replacements this year. Also the has received presentations from a DUBAI based group on creating a medical facility in the UAE. The BCCI is also in talks with the Tata Group for creating a bio-bubble," he said. 

First Published: Sun, August 02 2020. 21:39 IST