Corona’s new type of Omicron is changing the title sponsorship of the popular cricket league amid uncertainty over the upcoming IPL. The league is being taken over by Tata Group instead of Chinese mobile manufacturer Vivo. IPL chairman Brijesh Patel himself said so.
After a meeting with the governing board, he said, “Tata Group is emerging as the new title sponsor of the IPL. Vivo had a few more days in the IPL. But for the rest of the time, Tata is in charge of the title sponsorship.
It is learned that the Chinese company had announced its withdrawal from the sponsorship. And then the IPL authorities handed over the responsibility to Tata. It is rumored that the name of the upcoming tournament will be ‘Tata Indian Premier League!’
The effects of the Indo-China animosity have been felt in sports as in many other fields. Especially since 2020, when 20 Indian soldiers were killed by Chinese troops on the Ladakh border, anti-China sentiment has spread across India. And many then raised their voices to remove the responsibility of sponsoring the IPL from the Chinese company. But before removing it, they removed it themselves.
Meanwhile, the timing of the Indian Premier League (IPL) may change. With the new wave of corona in India, the tournament authorities may be on the path of major change.
In India, there is a new type of corona, Omicron. Citizens of the country are being infected with this epidemic virus one after another. With that in mind, it is known that the authorities may change the timing of the tournament.
The 15th edition of the competition will be held on April 2 this year. But now the Indian cricket board is thinking of moving away from that thought. The IPL was held in Dubai in 2020 due to Corona. Although it started in India last year, it has to be stopped and resumed in Dubai due to the increase in Corona infection in the middle. This time it was decided to organize IPL in India as Corona’s power was less. Earlier, the auction was scheduled for February 12 and 13.
One of the pacers or all-rounders can get a record price in this year’s auction. Because in the last two editions of the IPL auction, pacers and all-rounders have shown dominance. Australian pacer Pat Cummins was the most expensive cricketer in the 2019 edition. He was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 15.5 crore. All-rounder Chris Morris has been sold at a higher price in the last edition, Tk 18.25 crore. New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson had the second highest price in the same event.
According to the last two IPL auctions, Herschel Patel can get the highest price this time. The pacer took a maximum of 32 wickets in 15 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last edition. Before the auction, the tournament authorities gave him a chance to retain three local players, but Bangalore released him. As a result, any other team may be interested in getting him. If two or more parties show interest, the price may increase in the auction.