Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia proposes national anthem prior to start of every match in IPL
Though national anthems are played prior to the beginning of any international match of the gentlemen's game, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) co-owner Ness Wadia expects the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) to introduce the playing of Indian national anthem before the start of Indian Premier League (IPL) games. Wadia has urged that the Indian national anthem should be made a norm in the domestic cricket's biggest extravaganza, an initiative he has been pitching to the BCCI much before Sourav Ganguly's appointment as the board's 39th president last month.
The co-owner of the Punjab heavyweights also welcomed BCCI's decision of scrapping the custom of showcasing an ultra ich opening ceremony for the most celebrated domestic league in the world. Wadia said that it is high time for the IPL to not endorse an opening ceremony and also highlighted the need of playing the Indian national anthem before any IPL games take place. Keeping the sporting events in check, the Indian national anthem is played in every game of Indian Super League (football) and Pro-Kabaddi League.
Speaking to news agency PTI, the Indian businessman suggested that the next step for the apex board after scrapping-up of the opening ceremony will be to endorse the Indian national anthem playing ahead of an IPL match kickstart. "It is an excellent move. It is high time that we don't have an opening ceremony. I have always wondered the value and necessity of hosting an opening ceremony. One thing which they (BCCI) should do is to have the national anthem before each game given that it is the Indian Premier League," Wadia told PTI.
Wadia also had earlier confIrmed the departure of Punjab's leading figure in the IPL - Ravichandran Ashwin, who is set to leave the 2014 finalist for Delhi Capitals next season. "I had written to the BCCI earlier also and now I have written to Mr Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president). And I think it is still played in movie theatres," he added.