The much awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) will not be conducting an opening ceremony for its twelfth edition. With the tournament scheduled to begin on March 23, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has come out in the open to state that the money that was to be used for the ceremony will now be used in donation, for the martyred jawans and their families after the wake of the recent Pulwama attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
“There will be no IPL opening ceremony. Instead, the money will be donated to Pulwama martyrs,” he was quoted saying. The defending champions - Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are the two teams who will be seen contesting on the opening day of the twelfth addition of the high profile league.
The Indian Premier League had also been rescheduled this time around to an earlier date, because of the issue of the previous dates being extremely close to the ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales, which is set to take place on May 30.
Had the tournament not been given a revised date, then the players would have had just a ten day window, after the end of the league and the first official match of the World Cup.
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