BCCI Announces No Opening Ceremony For IPL 2019

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The 12th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is just few days away. The much awaited tournament will begin from 23 March. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will play the opening fixture.

In all the previous seasons in the history of IPL, there also has been a glittering opening ceremony. However this time there will be no such occasion. Instead the money will be donated to the families of martyred jawans in the recent Pulwama attack.

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai spoke about this in an interview to Cricket Next on Friday. He said, “There will be no IPL opening ceremony. Instead, the money will be donated to Pulwama martyrs.”

This is indeed a commendable gesture from the cricket board of India. There are still talks going on regarding boycotting Pakistan in World Cup. Amidst this they have extended their helping hand to the families of the martyred soldiers.

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Full IPL schedule yet to release

Apart from dealing with the ongoing tensions regarding playing Pakistan or not, BCCI has other issues to attend too. Only 30 days are left for the commencement of the IPL. But BCCI hasn’t still released the schedule of the event.

The cricketing board is still waiting for the Indian Government to release the schedule of the upcoming General Elections. The Lok Sabha elections is scheduled to take place alongside the IPL.

Earlier this week BCCI has released the schedule for first two weeks of the league. In those two weeks 17 matches will be played. However this schedule was subject to change in accordance to the election schedule.

BCCI has said that the entire schedule will soon come out. Till then apart from Delhi, all other teams will play two home and two away games. On the other hand RCB will play three away games in the first two weeks.