Have you ever sat down to watch the elaborate IPL opening ceremony and wondered “WHY?”
The IPL opening ceremony is famous for the extravagant performances by Bollywood biggies. Past years have also seen international artists like Akon, Katy Perry, and Pit Bull grace the stage. However, it all just seems an unnecessary hullabaloo which has no connection whatsoever to the main thing in concern – cricket.
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Thankfully, the IPL governing council in its last meeting decided on scrapping the idea of an elaborate opening ceremony altogether calling it a “waste of money”, reports NDTV.
The BCCI told The Indian Express:
“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.”
“Bollywood-style” opening ceremonies have allegedly cost a whopping Rs. 30 crores in the past.
“As a federation, we felt it was best not to hold a regular IPL opening ceremony. Instead, we decided to contribute the amount towards a cause that is so important and close to everyone’s heart,” said Vinod Rai, President of BCCI.
They have revealed that the estimated cost for the opening ceremony is Rs. 20 crores. It has been decided unanimously that a sum of Rs. 11 crores is to be given to the Indian Army, Rs. 7 crores to the CRPF, and Rs. 1 crore each to the Navy and Air Force, respectively.
In addition to this, the BCCI has also decided to have a 4th umpire from now on, only to focus on no-balls in order to “reduce errors and controversies”.
A very thoughtful decision made by the BCCI to contribute the money to where it is needed, rather than spending it on a few hours of entertainment. Kudos to them!