IPL opening ceremony cancelled for the second consecutive time

The event was called off as the Committee of Administrators (CoA) had decided to allocate the money to the families of the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the world's richest T20 league and has been one of the most-watched cricket tournaments in the world. However, in order to cut down the cost, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to drop the glamourous IPL opening ceremony.

The Brijesh Patel-led IPL Governing Council met with the BCCI officials recently and took some major decisions pertaining to the tournament next year. This included cancelling the extravagant IPL opening ceremony. Another major decision was to introduce special umpires assigned to check the no balls.

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Every year, the T20 League begins with a glam-filled opening ceremony with Bollywood celebrities performing for the crowds and also captains from all the teams signing the Spirit of Cricket pledge.

The opening ceremonies are a waste of money. The cricket fans don’t seem to be interested, and the performers have to be paid a lot,” a BCCI official said.

This is the second consecutive year when the ceremony has been called off as in 2019, the event was given a miss after the BCCI Committee of Administrators (CoA) had decided to allocate the money to the families of the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack.

In the meantime, the players' auction for the upcoming season of the T20 league will be held on December 19. According to the reports, the auction will be held in Kolkata, thus eliminating the traditional venue of Bengaluru, where the auction has been held over the years.

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