IPL 2019: There Will Be No IPL Ceremony This Year - Vinod Rai

IPL 2019: There Will Be No IPL Ceremony This Year – Vinod Rai

Pulwama, Vinod Rai, IPL 2019
Vinod Rai (Credits - Getty)

Yet again the Indian board came up with a great gesture towards the Indian Army. As we lost the lives of the soldiers in the recent Pulwama attack, the BCCI and CoA decided to not host the opening ceremony for the Indian Premier League 2019. Instead, the amount will be given to the families of the martyrs. The chairman of CoA Vinod Rai revealed the news to reporters on Friday.

The other night was one of the hard days to digest for the Indian citizen. They lost the services of a few incredible persons working for the safety of the country. The suicidal bomb attack saw 44 CRPF jawans losing their lives at Pulwama.

Shock, grief and outrage spread across the nation. The globe with countries from the US to Russia condemning the attack. Pakistan has been blamed for the attack by India as well as the US, where the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed is based. In between, Pakistan has denied any wrongdoing.

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The Money will be donated to the families of the Martyrs: Vinod Rai

After the special meeting, the Chairman of CoA quoted that the upcoming ceremony of IPL is going to be a low-key affair. Instead, they want to donate the money to the respective families of the martyrs in the latest terrorist attack.

”We’ll not have a regular IPL opening ceremony. The amount of the budget for the opening ceremony will be given to families of the victims of this terror attack,” Rai said to the reporters.

Pulwama, Vinod Rai, IPL 2019
Vinod Rai (Credits – Getty)

Meanwhile, Vinod Rai also gave a clarification that they don’t want to take any final decision on India boycotting Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2019. However, they would like to follow the orders of the Indian government. And also, he revealed that they would be writing a letter to ICC over the safety of the players.

However, it has been a great gesture from the Indian board towards the families of the soldiers. Meanwhile, recently, Delhi Capitals, who are also the family of the Indian Premier League also made a statement. They will be transferring all their profits of the first game of the season to the martyrs family.

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