Indian Premier League ( IPL ) might cancel the opening ceremony in the seasons to come as an official placed at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly called the idea a 'waste of money'.
"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 told 'The Indian Express'.
In the 2019 edition of IPL, in the wake of the Pulwama terror attacks, the opening ceremony was canceled. IPL donated the budgeted money to the armed forces.
"The estimated cost of hosting an IPL opening ceremony is Rs 20 crore. It was unanimously decided that a sum of Rs 11 crore be contributed to the Indian Army, Rs 7 crore to the CRPF and Rs 1 crore each to the Navy and Air Force respectively," the BCCI had said in a statement.
(with news agency inputs)