The BCCI on Saturday decided to donate the opening ceremony funds to Armed Forces and CRPF.
The Committee of Administrators(CoA),running the BCCI has decided to contribute ₹20 crore in the wake of Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
“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,” a BCCI release said.
Lieutenant General Ravindra Thodge, member of CoA, said, “The national interest is of utmost importance to us. We understand the sentiments of the people and the families that have been affected by the Pulwama attack and martyred in operations in J&K, Northeast and anti Naxal operations or otherwise during the course of their Duty.
Earlier BCCI has decided to call of an extremely posh and glitzy opening for the IPL this year paying tribute to the martyrs at Pulwama.