The Indian Premier League (IPL) will not be having an opening ceremony this year. The decision was taken by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) of BCCI running Indian cricket on Friday. The money saved thus will be donated for the families of the CRPF personnel martyred in the Pulwama terror attack.
Traditionally, the opening ceremonies of the world richest T20 league have been hugely glamourous. The glitzy mix involves everything from fireworks to performances by Bollywood stars in what is a colourful night.
However, as a sign of respect to the immolated CRPF men, it has been decided to discard the ceremony that was scheduled just before the opening match on March 23.
“We’ll not have any inaugural function for the IPL & the money budgeted for that goes to the martyrs’ families,” said Vinod Rai, the chairman Committee of Administrators.
The Rai-led CoA panel also decided against taking any stand on the World Cup clash against Pakistan. However, it informed that it would individually ICC members to “sever ties with any nation that is a terrorist hub.”
The decision was taken after CoA had a detailed meeting on Friday.
The deadly Pulwama attack that took place last week killed over 40 Indian soldiers. The reverberations of the inhuman terrorist attack are now being felt in the sporting arena as well.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) will not have an opening ceremony this year and the allocated money for the event will be sent to the families of the CRPF personnel martyred in the Pulwama terror attack. pic.twitter.com/ADB435wdlJ
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The calls for snapping sporting ties with Pakistan are increasingly getting louder by the passing day. The likes of Harbhajan Singh have urged the government to call off the World Cup tie against the neighbouring country.
Others like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have expressed support, irrespective of the decision is taken.
This week, Rajeev Shukla, the CEO of IPL, also refrained from commenting whether India would not play against Pakistan.
“(I) Cannot say now whether we will play Pakistan in the World Cup as it is too far. But our policy & position is very clear. We will wait for the government’s decision,” he said.
Reigning champions Chennai Super Kings will play against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opener of the 12th edition of IPL on March 23.