The most awaited 12th edition of Indian Premiere League (IPL) will commence on March 23. Every year the League begins with grand opening in which in bollywood stars throw their enthusiast-thrilled performances.
But this year there will be no such ceremony for Indian Premiere League (IPl). The Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket on Friday decided to allocate the money set aside for it to the families of the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack.
“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.
Commenting on the proposal, a senior BCCI official told Hindustan Times that it was commendable that a senior IPL official decided to take a step towards helping those families affected by the Pulwama attack.
“I am happy with the proposal mooted by the IPL official. Nothing can bring back those who lost their lives but we can, as an organisation, take on a little bit of the responsibility to take care of the families of those whose lives have been snatched away in their prime in the line of duty.
“There are officials who seek to see their names in the Press with hollow proposals and for the sake of optics and it is refreshing to see a person like who avoids the limelight to come up with such a significant proposal,” he said.
The Rai-led CoA decided against taking any stand on the World Cup clash against Pakistan but said it would individually urge ICC members to “sever ties with any nation that is a terrorist hub.”
The defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will lock horns on March 23.