year the IPL takes off with a star studded opening ceremony with a lot of glitz
and glamour making it a grand affair. This year though, is different. After the
recent Pulwama terror attack, keeping in mind the sentiments of the people, the
BCCI decided to cancel the opening ceremony and allocate the money budgeted for
it, to the Armed forces.
The estimated cost of hosting an IPL opening
ceremony is Rs 20 crore. It was unanimously decided that a sum of Rs 11 crore
be contributed to the Indian Army, Rs 7 crore to the CRPF and Rs 1 crore each
to the Navy and Air Force respectively.