IPL Donates Opening Ceremony Budget To Pulwama Attack Martyrs
As India recovers from the wounds of Pulwama attack where 40 soldiers lost their lives, the organizers of 2019 IPL has announced that there will be no opening ceremony this year. The amount allocated for the opening ceremony will be donated to the family members of the CRPF jawans killed in the attack.
We are all aware that the IPL opening ceremonies are one of the most glitz and glammed-up events with Bollywood stars dancing to the tunes of hit Bollywood songs. But this time, as a mark of respect to the slain CRPF man, it has been decided not to hold the opening ceremony for the 12th edition of the event starting on March 23.
“We will not have any inaugural function for the IPL and the money budgeted for that goes to the martyrs’ families,” said Committee of Administrators chairman Vinod Rai.
The proposal to donate at least Rs 5 crore for the martyr’s families was actually made by the BCCI acting president CK Khanna.
“I am very happy that CoA has taken a good call to donate the money for martyrs’ families. Since the entire budget allocated for the IPL opening ceremony is being donated for a noble cause, the amount is expected to be significantly more than Rs 5 crore,” Khanna said.
The Pulwama attack has sent a shockwave all across the country and sports arena has also been significantly affected. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match of IPL on March 23.