Prior to the series-opener game between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), CSK has donated Rs 2 crore for a noble cause because he paid tribute Kya Pulwama Shaheed CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni handed over the check to the Inspector General of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) after toss. However, the BCCI has donated Rs 20 crore to the Indian Armed Forces.
The total sales received from the ticket of the first game of the season has been donated. In order to honor 40 martyrs who were killed in the Pulwama attacks in February, the entire money was provided to the CRPF jawans.
IPL usually kick-starts with a grand opening ceremony, but the 2019 edition was devoid of glitches and glamor, keeping people’s feelings in the country after the terrorist attack in Pulwama. While the inaugural ceremony was canceled, the military bands performed to get IPL 2019 in Chepauk. The toss for the opener between CSK and RCB was performed for 10 minutes and Madras Regiment band, located outside Chennai, for the crowd, mainly for CSK fans.
BCCI donates 20 crore IPL 2019 opening ceremony funds to CRPF, Armed Forces
This was the first time in 11 seasons that the IPL did not see the opening ceremony because the Supreme Court appointed administrators’ committee (CoA) decided to close it. Instead, the Madras Regiment band of Chennai started the proceedings before the match. After this, the members of the CoA and BCCI presented the CRPF and the armed forces with related checks.
Talking about this matter, COA President, Vinod Rai said, “As a federation, we felt that it was best not to regularly organize the IPL inauguration ceremony. Instead, we decided to contribute to the amount that is so important and close to everyone’s heart. ”
The estimated cost of organizing an IPL celebration is INR 20 crores and the CoA Administration has decided to donate INR 11 crores Indian Army, INR 7 crores CRPF, and for INR 1 crore each to Navy and Air Force.
Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar said, “The BCCI sympathizes with the people affected by the Pulwama attack and the families of the martyrs during their duties. We appreciate the honor ceremony.”
Administrator’s Committee (COA) member Diana Edulgie and Lt Gen Ravi Thoog, BCC’s acting president CK Khanna and Anirudh Chaudhary, the respected treasurer were present in the function. Representatives of the Indian Armed Forces collected checks from the top brass of the BCCI, even the Chepauk crowd appreciated the gesture.
The fund that was saved during IPL opening ceremony donated to Armed forces and CRPF
On March 23, the BCCI contributed Rs 20 crores the Armed Forces and the CRPF which fund made from the inauguration of the IPL, Fund. The Committee of Administrators (CoA), running the BCCI, had decided to cancel the Glitzy opening ceremony of IPL due to Pulwama terror attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
“It was decided by consensus that 11 crores will be given to Indian Army, 7 crores to CRPF and Rs 1 crore each respectively for Navy and Air Force,” the BCCI said in a release.
The 12th edition of the popular league has started yesterday, in which Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royals Challengers Bangalore (RCB) competed against in Chennai and CSK won their first match.
Mr. Vinod Rai, President of the CoA said, “As a federation, we felt that it was best not to organize the 12th IPL opening ceremony, instead, we decided to contribute the amount for such a reason which is so important and close to everyone’s heart. “