The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League will have no regular opening ceremony this year as the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has decided to donate the allotted money to the families of martyred jawans in the recent Pulwama attacks. “There will be no IPL opening ceremony. Instead, the money will be donated to Pulwama martyrs,” he was quoted as saying by Cricket Next on Friday.

He also added that BCCI will be writing to the governing body of international cricket to inform them about the terror attack on CRPF security personnel and about their security demands for Team India during the World Cup.

“We’ll write to ICC expressing our concerns about attacks that took place & that security of players, officials & everybody else must be taken care of. We’re telling cricketing community that in future we must sever ties with nations from where terror emanates,” Rai said.

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