- Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia wrote to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly
- BCCI decided not to hold the colorful opening ceremony in upcoming editions of IPL
The next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is likely to undergo several changes. Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia has sent a proposal to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stating that the national anthem should be played immediately before each match of the IPL from 2020. The national anthem plays just before the international match. Wadia believes that they should follow this rule in the world’s number one cricket league. He lauded the BCCI for drastically cutting expenditure at the opening ceremony of the IPL.
Wadia said, “This is a great move. It is important that we do not do any opening ceremony. I have always thought of something more important than the opening ceremony. The action that the BCCI should take is to make the national anthem mandatory before every match of the IPL. I had already written to BCCI in this regard. Now I have also written to Chairman Sourav Ganguly about this. They play the national anthem in the Indian Super League (Football) and the Pro Kabaddi League. It is the Indian Premier League. We should be proud that we have a great national anthem and a great league. The national anthem plays before every match of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ”
BCCI termed the inauguration ceremony as wasteful
Earlier, the BCCI decided not to hold colorful opening ceremonies in the upcoming editions of the Indian Premier League. The BCCI termed it wasteful. He had said that they would spend the amount fixed for this on some noble work. They canceled the ceremony because of the Pulwama attack in February 2019. Later the budget set for the opening ceremony was given to the security forces.