IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings donate 2 crores to CRPF as a tribute to the Pulwama Martyrs
The BCCI also donated 20 crores to the Indian armed forces.
Updated - Mar 23, 2019 9:12 pm
Just ahead of the commencement of the series-opener game of the 12th edition of the IPL between the defending champions and Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore team, the Chennai Super Kings made a generous donation to a noble cause of paying tribute to the Pulwama Martyrs. The cheque was handed over by the CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the Inspector General of the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) following the toss, which CSK won and Dhoni opted to bowl first.
The BCCI also donated a sum of Rs 20 crore, which had incipiently been endorsed for the opening ceremony of the IPL 2019, that is usually held few hours prior to the season starter. The donation will be transferred to the families of the CRPF soldiers who lost their lives to the ghastly terrorist attack that shook the entire nation and brought us to a state of complete unrest.
To provide a breakup of the 20 crores that was donated by the BCCI– Rs 11 crore was contributed to the Indian Army, Rs 7 crore to the CRPF and Rs 1 crore each to the Navy and Air Force respectively. The BCCI’s CoA chairman Vinod Rai said, “As a federation, we felt it was best not to hold a regular IPL opening ceremony. Instead, we decided to contribute the amount towards a cause that is so important and close to everyone’s heart.”
“This comes as a welcome move and as a mark of respect to the ones who lost their lives in the terror attack. The BCCI has always been sensitive towards issues of national interest and will continue to make contributions whenever the need arises, ” CoA member Diana Edulji spoke about the nature and intentions behind the donation made by the Indian Cricket Board.
CSK donates funds obtained from tickets sale of the season opener
After winning the toss, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, against the visiting RCB team, CSK skipper MS Dhoni was seen presenting a cheque in behalf of his franchise. The donation worth of 2 crores, that has been made by the defending Champions- the Chennai Super Kings- are the funds received from the total ticket sales of the season-opener game of the IPL 2019.
The entire sum has been endowed to the CRPF jawans and to honour the memory of the 40 army personnel killed in the Pulwama attacks that took place in February.