Every 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. 

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