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There will be no opening ceremony in IPL, money to be given to martyrs’ families
There will be no opening ceremony in IPL, money to be given to martyrs' families

CoA chief Vinod Rai has said there will be no opening ceremony for IPL 2019 in the wake of Pulwama terror attack. He added that money which was due to be spent for the ceremony will be donated to families of martyred CRPF jawans. He further said they would write to ICC expressing their concerns about the attack.


The much awaited 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to commence on March 23. The defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will lock horns on the opening night. Every year, a glittering opening ceremony precedes the first game of the season. However, this time around there will no such ceremony.

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has cleared that the money which was due to be spent in the opening ceremony will be donated the martyred jawans in the recent Pulwama attacks. “There will be no IPL opening ceremony. Instead, the money will be donated to Pulwama martyrs,” he was quoted as saying by Cricket Next on Friday.