IPL Opening ceremony 2019 is going to be grand and furious. Big celebrities are going to participate in the IPL opening ceremony this time.The much awaited 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to commence on March 23. The defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will lock horns on the opening night. Every year, a glittering opening ceremony precedes the first game of the season. However, this time around there will no such ceremony.Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of IPL 2019 in Chennai on March 23. The schedule, which was announced on Tuesday (February 19), was only for the first two weeks of the tournament and “subject to the announcement of the Lok Sabha 2019 election dates.”
Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai has revealed that there would no IPL ceremony in the upcoming season of the league. Instead, Rai has confirmed that the money reserved for the opening IPL ceremony will be donated to the families of recently martyred CRPF jawans.
In fact, the Board of Control for Cricket acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary had recently claimed that Indian board must donate INR 5 crores for the families of victims. 44 CRPF jawans lost their lives in the brutal attack by the terrorists on 14th February.
The BCCI, which is awaiting details of the 2019 elections, stated that once the polling dates are decided it would “address any issues with the first two weeks and will also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling date.
As per the current schedule, as many as 17 matches will be played from March 23 to April 5, with three double-header days on March 24, 30 and 31. Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers will play five games in the said period while the remaining six teams will play four matches each. The Capitals are scheduled to play three home games in the first two weeks while the Royal Challengers will play three away games. The rest of the teams will play two home and two away games each.
|March 23||Saturday||Evening||CSK vs RCB||Chennai|
|March 24||Sunday||Afternoon||KKR vs SRH||Kolkata|
|March 24||Sunday||Evening||MI vs DC||Mumbai|
|March 25||Monday||Evening||RR vs KXIP||Jaipur|
|March 26||Tuesday||Evening||DC vs CSK||Delhi|
|March 27||Wednesday||Evening||KKR vs KXIP||Kolkata|
|March 28||Thursday||Evening||RCB vs MI||Bengaluru|
|March 29||Friday||Evening||SRH vs RR||Hyderabad|
|March 30||Saturday||Afternoon||KXIP vs MI||Mohali|
|March 30||Saturday||Evening||DC vs KKR||Delhi|
|March 31||Sunday||Afternoon||SRH vs RCB||Hyderabad|
|March 31||Sunday||Evening||CSK vs RR||Chennai|
|April 1||Monday||Evening||KXIP vs DC||Mohali|
|April 2||Tuesday||Evening||RR vs RCB||Jaipur|
|April 3||Wednesday||Evening||MI vs CSK||Mumbai|
|April 4||Thursday||Evening||DC vs SRH||Delhi|
|April 5||Friday||Evening||RCB vs KKR||Bengaluru|
The BCCI earlier this week, announced a tentative schedule for the first two weeks of the T20 league which consisted of 17 matches. However, this schedule was also subject to the election schedule even as it was ensured that the entire fixtures of the season will be soon coming out.
According to the current situation, apart from Delhi, all the other teams are playing two home and away matches while only RCB is scheduled to play three away games.
What’s the story?
The Committee of Administrators (COA) of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday decided to scrap the opening ceremony for the forthcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). This is in view of the recent Pulwama attack, which resulted in the death of over 40 CRPF soldiers; the CoA has announced that the money for the ceremony will instead be donated to the families of the victims.
On 14th of this month, a CRPF convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber in the Pulwama area of Jammu and Kashmir, killing over 40 personnel while injuring plenty more. The incident left the whole country in shock and anguish, including the cricketing fraternity as well.
The heart of the matter
In a step to show support for the families of the Pulwama attack victims, the CoA has now decided to do away with the entertainment of the opening ceremony for IPL 2019. As the event usually features performances by celebrities and costs a great deal of money, the administrators believe it would be more prudent to donate the money to those affected by the attack.
“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.
This gesture has found support both within and without the organization. “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.
The organising body of the IPL recently released the schedule for the first two weeks of the league with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opener. As the general elections are also going to take place this year, there might be some shuffling in the IPL fixtures as well.