A BCCI official said: “The opening ceremonies are a waste of money. The cricket fans don’t appear to be attentive, and the performers have to be paid a lot.”

The Indian cricket board has decided to fragment the IPL opening ceremony, the Bollywood-style extravaganza that formerly cost close to Rs 30 crore.

This was one of the edge decisions taken during the IPL guiding council meeting Monday. In another move, it was decided that the league will from now on have a fourth umpire to focus only on no-balls.

A BCCI official said: “The opening ceremonies are a waste of money. The cricket fans don’t appear to be attentive, and the performers have to be paid a lot.”

Over the years, a number of Bollywood stars and international pop stars, like Katy Perry, Akon and Pit Bull, have performed at IPL opening ceremonies amid sparkling fireworks and laser shows.

On the no-ball decision, the official said: “Last season, several players were given out and later remembered when replays showed the bowlers had overstepped. The idea is to decrease errors and controversies.” The next IPL auction will be held in Kolkata on December 19.

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Monday, Nov 18, 2019