Instead of speculating on the IPL‘s title sponsorship, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia says the main target should be on making certain that not a single COVID-19 case is reported in the course of the occasion, which based on him, is about to be the “best ever”.
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 12 months contract not less than 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 informed PTI after the homeowners’ assembly on Wednesday night.
Following the “violent face-off” between the Indian and Chinese troopers in jap Ladakh in June, Wadia had mentioned that the IPL ought to step by step transfer away from Chinese sponsors.
Irrespective of Vivo’s future within the IPL, Wadia mentioned there are sufficient sponsors to exchange 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 mentioned.
In the present financial local weather, Wadia expects the sponsors, whether or not crew or IPL, to barter arduous.
“All the sponsors are going to negotiate hard but I will change by name if it is not the most-watched IPL ever. It will be the best ever IPL. You mark my words. Sponsors would be foolish not to be part of IPL this year.
“It would be a mistaken business resolution on their half to not be part of the IPL. I really consider that if I used to be a sponsor, I’d be soar proper in.”
The BCCI has sent an exhaustive 16-page SOP to teams for a smooth conduct of the tournament. It requires players, support staff, team officials and owners to be part of a bio-secure environment.
Wadia himself has not decided on travelling to the UAE for the IPL but said safety can’t be compromised.
“We have to regulate and acclimatise to the (bio-secure) setting. One case could kill the IPL. Extraneous circumstances require strange folks to do extraordinary issues,” he added.