IPL and Vivo routes will be different this year

Chinese mobile phone company Vivo may split from the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year amid growing tensions in India and China. On Sunday, the IPL Governing Council had announced to retain the Chinese sponsors, but after the anger of fans on social media and opposition from the Swadeshi Jagran Manch, affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now in the middle trying to find a way out.

According to a BCCI source, at present, it is agreed between the two that Vivo, the main sponsor of IPL should withdraw from IPL this year. Vivo has an agreement of Rs 2199 crore by 2018-22. Its two years are over. It is now agreed that the Chinese company should step down as the main sponsor this year and its agreement will be extended by 2023.

The IPL is to be held in the UAE from 19 September to 10 November. A senior BCCI official said that Chairman Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jai Shah are talking to representatives of Vevo.