IPL 2019: BCCI scraps opening ceremony, money to be donated to Pulwama attack victims
New Delhi : The Committee of Administrators (COA) of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday decided to scrap the opening ceremony of upcoming cricket event - Indian Premier League. The administration has decided to donate the funds to the families of Pulwama attack victims.
"We will not have any inaugural function for the IPL and the money budgeted for that goes to the martyrs' families," said CoA chairman Vinod Rai.
"Nothing can bring back those who lost their lives but we can, as an organisation, take on a little bit of the responsibility to take care of the families of those whose lives have been snatched away in their prime in the line of duty," a senior BCCI official was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
BCCI, on the other hand, is also mulling on whether they should scrap an upcoming match against Pakistan in the World Cup 2019. They are consulting with Team India's top brasses like Ravi Shastri, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.