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IPL 2018: Budget forces Opening ceremony to be rescheduled

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The opening ceremony of IPL has been postponed by a day from April 6,2018 to April 7,2018 and according to a Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) functionary, it has been done at the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) behest.

The venue, too, has been moved from the Cricket Club of India (CCI) to  the home ground of defending champions of upcoming season of IPL,i.e. Wankhede Stadium of Mumbai, with the budget being reduced by Rs 20 crore.

The 11th edition of the cash-rich league starts on April 7 at Wankhede, with a fixture between defending champions Mumbai Indians and two-time champions Chennai Super Kings who are returning to the league after serving a two-year suspension. The inaugural ceremony will be held before the start of the match which is scheduled at 8:00 pm(IST). “Earlier the opening ceremony was scheduled for April 6 at the Cricket Club of India(CCI).But now it has been decided by the CoA that it will happen on April 7 at Wankhede before the 2018 IPL opener,” as reported by BCCI functionary.

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The call to reduce the budget by Rs 20 crore, too, was taken by the CoA. “Earlier the budget for the opening ceremony was Rs 56 crore (approved by the IPL governing council), now it has been reduced to Rs 36 crore. This call, too, has been taken by the CoA,” he said.

Last year IPL had 8 opening ceremonies which took place at Hyderabad, Pune, Rajkot, Indore, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi.Amy Jackson performed in Hyderabad, Riteish Deshmukh in Pune, Tiger Shroff in Rajkot, Shraddha Kapoor and Monali Thakur performed in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens and Parineeti Chopra performed in Feroz Shah Kotla of New Delhi.

The schedule for the rest of the tournament, though, remains unchanged. The final, as scheduled earlier, will be played on May 27 at the Wankhede Stadium.

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