Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 begins today and unlike previous years, there will be no star-studded opening ceremony in the wake of Pulwama incident.
The money which was to be spent on the ceremony will now go to different armed forces. According to the details, 11 Crore will be donated to the Army, 7 Crore to CRPF and 1 Crore each to Indian Navy and Air Force.
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The grand affair will no more be a part of this IPL to respect the sentiments of the nation. 40 CRPF personnel died in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir when an explosive-laden vehicle hit their convoy on 14 February 2019. The incident then provoked the tensions with the neighbors Pakistan.
The Committee of Administrators made the decision bearing in mind the sentiments around the killings.
CoA Chairman, Mr. 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.
Another member of the committee, Diana Edulji hailed the decision, saying:
This comes as a welcome move and as a mark of respect to the ones who lost their lives in the terror attack.
The first match of the IPL between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore will start today at 8:00 pm India time and 8:30 pm Pakistan Standard Time.