There will be no regular extravagant opening ceremony for IPL 2019, as the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has announced that the money will be donated to the families of 40 CRPF jawans martyred in the Pulwama attack on February 14, 2019.
While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) are on the path of following a chauvinistic approach with the Pulwama attack in backdrop, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) is making sincere efforts to lend a helping hand for those who suffered in the mishap. As a mark of respect to the slain CRPF officials, not only did the CoA scrape out opening ceremony celebrations for IPL 2019, but has also decided to divert the money to families of Pulwama martyrs.
On Friday, CoA chief Vinod Rai announced that all the money that was set aside to be used in conducting a glitzy glamorous opening ceremony for the cash-rich IPL T20 league for March 23rd this year – including performances by Bollywood stars, firecrackers and other extravaganza – will now be turned to the families of victims of the terror attack in Kashmir. Rai also mentioned that the board will write to the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the security measures that need to be made ahead of India’s World Cup encounter against Pakistan, after the ghastly terror attack.
However, there has been no decision on the fate of the June 16 World Cup clash against Pakistan as India seeks the ICC to ban Pakistan from the tournament. Rai had mentioned that Supreme Court-appointed CoA will “individually urge ICC members to sever ties with any nation from where terror emanates”. But on the other hand, the ICC has no provisions that allow one member to seek the ouster of another for any social or political reasons.