SJM asks BCCI to rethink Chinese title sponsors for IPL, warns public boycott

The decision by the BCCI to hold this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) with a Chinese company in VIVO as the title sponsor don’t seem to have gone down well with many. In a statement on Monday, Prof Ashwani Mahajan, national co-convener of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch came down heavily on the BCCI. He urged BCCI to “rethink” their decision.

Anti-China sentiments are at an all time high in India after the recent stand-off between armies of both the nations in Ladakh region. With India’s government and policy makers looking to rid Indian markets of Chinese influence, the decision of the BCCI has come as a surprise to many. The move appears to be in clear contradiction to the Prime Minister’s call for an Atmanirbhar (self reliant) Bharat.

“Swadeshi Jagran Manch is surprised to know
that Indian Premier League, which organises T20 cricket matches, has decided to hold IPL with the sponsorship of a Chinese mobile company. With this IPL governing Council has shown its utter disrespect to the soldiers martyred by most heinous act of Chinese,” the statement by Prof Ashwani Mahajan reads.

“At this time, when the nation is striving hard to make our economy free from Chinese dominance in the markets, government making all efforts to keep Chinese out of our markets, keep Chinese investments out and Chinese companies bidding or winning tenders in infrastructure and telecom; this act of IPL is not only an aberration to the nation’s mood, it shows utter disrespect to the country’s security and economic concerns,” the statement reads.

It further goes on to warn BCCI about a public boycott of the tournament, if they fail to understand the people’s mood and rectify themselves.”We urge upon the IPL organisers to rethink about their decision to allow Chinese company as their sponsors, failing which we may be constrained to give a call to patriotic citizens to boycott IPL. Remember nothing is above nation’s security and dignity.”

Speaking to SatyaVijayi, Prof Mahajan said, “They (BCCI) should look for an alternative. They might say that they are getting better amount of money from them, but is money everything? Money is not everything. It can’t be bigger than our soldiers, our sovereignty and our security and hence BCCI must look for other alternatives.”

BCCI on Sunday, released the dates for the 13th edition of the annual Indian Prime League, a franchise based professional cricket competition. Due to Covid-19 outbreak in India, this year’s edition will take place in, United Arab Emirates between 19th September to 10th November. Originally the tournament was slated to start in last week of March and run all the way to the first week of May.