Instead of speculating on the IPL’s title sponsorship, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia says the focus must be on ensuring that not a single COVID-19 case is reported during the event, which according to him, is set to be the “best ever”. Though the BCCI has not confirmed that Chinese mobile phone maker Vivo has pulled out of title sponsorship for this season, it is likely that the company will back out from the Rs 440 crore per year contract at least this season given the soaring 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 told PTI after the owners’ meeting on Wednesday evening.
Following the “violent face-off” between the Indian and Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh in June, Wadia had said that the IPLshould gradually move away from Chinese sponsors.