The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to have a regular opening ceremony for 2019 Indian Premier League. This time there won’t be any bollywood royalty in presence, neither will be any ‘naach-gaana’. The organisers of the event has decided that the amount of the budget for the opening ceremony will be given to families of the martyred CRPF soldiers.
A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy of 78 vehicles carrying 2,547 soldiers was attacked by a car bomb in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. More than 40 CRPF jawans were killed and many others were injured. This is termed as the worst attack on Indian soldiers since 1989 insurgency started in the valley.
The schedule for 2019 edition of Indian Premier League has been announced by the organisers. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will play Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opener on March 23 in Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.
However, the dates announced are only for first seventeen matches, where each team will play a minimum of 4 matches each while Delhi and Bangalore will play five matches. Every team will play two away and two home matches with Delhi playing three home matches and Bangalore playing three away games.