BCCI To Canel IPL Opening Ceremony, Calls It "Waste Of Money", Says Report
BCCI To Canel IPL Opening Ceremony, Calls It "Waste Of Money", Says Report(file image)
New Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL) might cancel the opening ceremony in the seasons to come as an official placed at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly called the idea a "waste of money". The BCCI official told The Indian Express, "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." In the 2019 edition of IPL, in the wake of the Pulwama terror attacks, the opening ceremony was canceled. IPL donated the budgeted money to the armed forces.
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"The estimated cost of hosting an IPL opening ceremony is Rs 20 crore. It was unanimously decided that a sum of Rs 11 crore be contributed to the Indian Army, Rs 7 crore to the CRPF and Rs 1 crore each to the Navy and Air Force respectively," the BCCI had said in a statement.
Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai had come up with the idea of charity to win "everyone's heart". His tenure came to an end after former India captain Sourav Ganguly took over as the BCCI president in October.
"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," Vinod Rai had stated.
IPL ceremonies have been grand and have featured numerous Bollywood celebrities along with international stars such as Katy Perry, Akon and Pit Bull.