It is happening for the second time in the tenure of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that the inaugural match will be played without an opening ceremony. Also, there will be no cheerleaders for any celebrations. The extravaganza that is to be started after a few hours, is said to go ahead in a full-fledge but, no cheerleaders and no public… does it make a full-fledge meaningfully?
There might be many reasons for the Board of Control of Cricket in India to keep the tournament extended but with no spectators. If the board really cares for everyone’s health, the tournament shall have been moved to a feasible time or it shall have been truncated. Discussing, if COVID-19 is the reason for not organizing any opening ceremony, the board shall not even have held a full version of the league amidst the worst health situations.
Another reason that could be considered for IPL not witnessing the pre-match ceremony would be no spectators. As there are no spectators to raise their chants, for whom will the board organize such ceremonies? Again here is a query that the masses will be watching IPL from their homes – hence, such celebrations can be enjoyed by sitting at home too then why not IPL pre-match ceremony.
However, as there will be no public on the grounds, BCCI will not be selling tickets which will eliminate one of the sources to generate surplus cash. As no tickets are sold, the BCCI might not have enough money to bear the expenses of the preliminary show.
The query is still unsolved as the board is so often termed as ‘World’s richest cricket board’.
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However, the league is to lock its horns today at Sheikh Zayad Stadium as the first game will be played between four times IPL winners, Mumbai Indians (MI) and three times titleholder, Chennai Super Kings (CSK).