AkasnhLAST UPDATED: Aug. 6, 2020, 6 p.m.
New Delhi, Aug 6: On Thursday, the BCCI suspended the IPL title sponsorship deal with Chinese mobile phone company Vivo for the event's upcoming edition amid soaring Sino-India diplomatic tensions.
The BCCI sent out a one-line statement without giving any details to say that Vivo will not be associated with the IPL this year.
"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and vivo Mobile India Pvt Ltd have decided to suspend their partnership for Indian Premier League in 2020," the press release stated.
Vivo won the IPL title sponsorship rights for five years from 2018 to 2022 for a reported sum of Rs 2190 crore, approximately Rs 440 crore per annum.
The BCCI is likely to float a tender for the new title sponsors as mandated by its constitution.
The IPL starts on September 19 in the UAE, forced out of India due to the rising COVID-19 cases.
Earlier announcements, the tournament has been given the go-ahead signal by the Sports Ministry of the Indian government, while the Home Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs will be briefed soon about the organisation of this tournament in the UAE.
The IPL governing council also announced that the evening matches will start at 19:30 IST and the afternoon matches will begin from 15:30 IST. In total, there will be only 10 doubleheaders in the entire tournament.
Apart from this, the four matches of Women's T20 Challenge will also take place during the play-off weeks of IPL and in total three teams will be the part of that particular league.
The IPL Governing Council also discussed the players' regulations for the replacement players for this season.
"The Governing Council also discussed the comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which will be finalized and published in due course, including the agencies to execute and deliver a bio-secure environment for the safe and successful conduct of IPL 2020 Season," an official was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
While the squad's strengths for each team have been given certain leniencies and the board will continue with the sponsorship of Chinese mobile company Vivo.
Inputs with PTI