In an important decision taken during the meeting of IPL governing council, it was decided that the opening ceremony won’t happen this season.
The reason behind it was stated by a BCCI official, who told that these ceremonies are a ‘waste of money’.
“The opening ceremonies are a waste of money. The cricket fans don’t seem to be interested, and the performers have to be paid a lot,” BCCI told.
It is to be noted that these ceremonies cost close to ₹ 30 crores.
BCCI president Vinod Rai said, “As a federation, we felt it was best not to hold a regular IPL opening ceremony. Instead, we decided to contribute the amount towards a cause that is so important and close to everyone’s heart.”
The CoA had decided against having any glittering opening ceremony for the cash-rich event and instead contribute the entire budget for the welfare of armed forces.
It has been decided unanimously that a sum of Rs. 11 crores is to be given to the Indian Army, Rs. 7 crores to the CRPF, and Rs. 1 crore each to the Navy and Air Force, respectively.
The decision then, makes sense because the same money can be used somewhere else where it will be of more use.
Another important decision to be taken, was appointment of a different umpire for no-balls, keeping in mind the controversies from last year.
Last season, several players were given out and later recalled when replays showed the bowlers had overstepped. The idea is to reduce errors and controversies.
The IPL has been a part of multiple controversies over the years and it is high time the issues are resolved.