National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah took to his Twitter page to react to the news in a series of tweets about the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council deciding to retain all its sponsors for the upcoming edition, which also includes the Chinese company VIVO. He pointed out saying IPL 2020 has retained sponsors from the neighboring country while people were boycotting Chinese goods after the recent incursions at Ladakh. He tweeted, "Chinese cellphone makers will continue as title sponsors of the IPL while people are told to boycott Chinese products. It's no wonder China is thumbing it's nose at us when we are so confused about how to handle Chinese money/investment/sponsorship/advertising,".

The Governing Council of the IPL on Sunday had announced that the VIVO IPL 2020 will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19 to November 10. Mr Abdullah then tweeted, "BCCI/IPL governing council has decided to retain all sponsors including the big Chinese ones. I feel bad for those idiots who threw their Chinese made TVs off their balconies only to see this happen,". 

Speaking about the sponsorship and advertising without the partnership of Chinese companies, he said, "we always suspected that we really can't manage". Referring to the statements made by a popular news anchor on a private television channel, Mr Abdullah wrote, "The sheer suddenness of the move, the unexpected nature of the move, the unpredictability of the move. They don't know what hit them. Now the Chinese will know.......... what we always suspected that we really can't manage without their sponsorship & advertising,". 

On a similar note, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala called out the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and stated their decisions were of "double standards". He tweeted, "Wither #AatmaNirbharBharatAbhiyan . Welcome back cricket-China-profiteering and double standards. #BJPExposed." 

Apart from IPL's title sponsor VIVO, a Chinese mobile phone manufacturer, the online fantasy game, Dream11, is an associate sponsor of BCCI and IPL, which is also having a Chinese investment. Reports also state e-learning platform Byju's and the BCCI's title sponsor for cricket in the country including the Indian cricket team's sponsore, Paytm, are also being funded by Chinese entities.