In an important decision taken during the meeting of IPL governing council, it was decided that the opening ceremony won't happen this season.
The reason behind it was stated by a BCCI official, who told Indian Express that these ceremonies are 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.
Another sensible decision from the new IPL Governing Council. No more opening ceremonies. https://t.co/iyQgeEGWbG— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) November 6, 2019
Exactly! Instead donate to someone— Gaurav Adn (@GauravAdn) November 6, 2019
Good riddance— Titu Mama (@99mohi) November 6, 2019
It is to be noted that these ceremonies cost close to ₹30 crores.
The decision then, makes sense because the same money can be used somewhere else where it will be of more use.
Another important decision to be taken, was appointment of a different umpire for no-balls, keeping in mind the controversies from last year.
Last season, several players were given out and later recalled when replays showed the bowlers had overstepped. The idea is to reduce errors and controversies.