Money contribution to armed forces by BCCI instead of spending on the opening ceremony of IPL season 12.
In the wake of the recent terror attack at Pulwama the BCCI decided to cancel the opening ceremony and donated the money to the armed forces.
The estimated cost of hosting the opening ceremony was amounted to Rs.20 crore.
IPL 12 money contribution :
The 2019 season of the Indian Premier League, also known as IPL 12, is the twelfth season of the IPL, a professional Twenty20 cricket league established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007. On 8 January 2019, the BCCI confirmed that the tournament will start on 23 March and take place entirely in India. Other countries were considered as host the tournament, due to the Indian General elections.
Unlike the previous editions, the military band performed at the MA Chidambaram stadium.
Band performance :
The Madras Regiment band based in Chennai performed before the felicitation programme for the Armed Forces.
Members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and representatives from the Indian Armed Forces will also be present at the venue. This move is yet another part of the series of gestures by the cricketing fraternity in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, where 44 CRPF personnel lost their lives.
CSK’s director Rakesh Singh donated the proceeds from its first home match to the families of the Pulwama bravehearts.
Details about Money contribution to Defence :
Rs.11 crore to Indian Army
Rs.7 crore to CRPF
Rs.1 crore to Indian Navy
Rs. 1 crore to Indian Airforce
BCCI donated Rs. 20 crore to Defence Forces instead of wasting it on regular IPL Opening Ceremony.
This is a great gesture by BCCI.
India’s opening match at the 2019 Cricket World Cup was postponed from 2 to 5 June as the BCCI were directed to maintain a mandatory 15-day gap between the conclusion of IPL and India’s subsequent international fixture as per Lodha Committee’s recommendation.
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