Indian Premier League IPL 2020 faces a setback from BCCI
NEW DELHI - Indian Premier League IPL 2020 faces a setback from Board of Control of Cricket in India.
The Indian Premier League has reportedly decided to cancel opening ceremonies from the next season, calling them a ‘waste of money’.
The Bollywood-style extravaganza, which has reportedly cost the board close to Rs 30 crore in the past, will not longer take place from IPL 2020, as it was decided by the IPL governing council meeting on Monday, the Indian Express reported.
A BCCI official told the newspaper: “The opening ceremonies are a waste of money. The cricket fans don’t seem to be interested, and the performers have to be paid a lot.”
The opening ceremonies have taken place before the start of the cricket league in every season since 2008, except for last year, when the funds were used to aide the families of soldiers who lost their lives in Pulwama terror attacks.
In the past, performers like Katy Perry, Akon, Pit Bull, Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif among many others have performed at the opening ceremony of the tournament.