The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken a big decision to reduce expenses in the IPL 2020. The board has decided to abolish the opening ceremony in the world’s richest cricket league which will save around Rs 30 crore. This decision was taken during the IPL Governing Council meeting on Monday.
Since the start of IPL in 2008, several International stars like Pitbull, Katy Perry and others have performed, who have charged alot of money for their performances. The board preferred these International stars just to make the league global but they have understood that the opening ceremony is just a waste of funds.
“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 BCCI official said as quoted by Indian Express.
In the 2019th edition of the IPL, the opening ceremony was not organized and the money was given to the families of Pulwama martyrs.
In another big decision, it was decided that the fourth umpire will be deployed to watch the no ball in the match.
“There will be a specialised umpire for this, who will work in co-ordination with the on-field umpires and the third umpire. This is an effort to reduce errors,” a member of BCCI was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
The BCCI member stated that the rule will first be used in any Indian domestic tournament before getting implemented in IPL.
Talking about powerplayer rule, a top BCCI official confirmed that it won’t be used is IPL 2020 due to shortage of time “We are exploring all the options and a decision will be taken over the course of time. The idea is to make the tournament fan-friendly, and we will take every suggestion into consideration. But Power Player may not be used in the next edition of the IPL due to lack of time,” the official said. “Before we implement that in the IPL, we need to test that in domestic tournaments and that will take some time,” the official told Sportstar.