India's cricket board, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), contributed the entire budget earmarked for the Indian Premier League's opening ceremony to the funds of the Indian armed forces and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The BCCI has contributed a sum of Rs 20 crore.
Official BCCI release said, "It was unanimously decided that a sum of Rs 11 crore be contributed to the Indian Army, Rs 7 crore to the CRPF and Rs 1 crore each to the Navy and Air Force respectively."
The Committee of Administrators (CoA), running the BCCI had said that the opening ceremony will be cancelled in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
Mar 23, 2019, 07.31 PM
MS Dhoni opts to bowl first in the opening match of Indian Premier League 2019 playing against Bangalore at Chennai's Chidambaram Stadium.
Virat Kohli's young team is craving maiden success as it has failed in previous seasons despite reaching the finals on three occasions.
And unlikely them, the three-time title winner CSK will start their hunt from the first game itself.
When we see both the teams, both have batsmen who can turn a match on its head in a matter of two-three overs. So the outcome of the game will depend on which team bowls better and holds its nerve.