October 25

BCCI’s insensitivity: Why present a man of the match replica cheque as donation to armed forces

first_img Boria Majumdar KolkataMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 13:31 IST BCCI donated the estimated money for the cancelled opening ceremony to the Indian armed forces (BCCI Photo)The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had come up with a heart-warming gesture of donating Rs 20 crore to the Indian armed forces ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 opener between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Saturday in Chennai.While the intention of cancelling the opening ceremony and using the estimated amount for a noble cause deserves high praise, the usage of replicas of celebratory cheques at the felicitation ceremony is certainly an insensitive, very insensitive gesture from the BCCI.Is the BCCI so high with its wealth that it can’t differentiate between performance awards and a service to the nation? Paying for a cause is certainly no celebration and the usage of celebratory cheques was cringeworthy. All the BCCI had to do was be sensitive but the richest cricket body in the world failed to do so.The BCCI had invited some of the senior representatives of the Indian armed forces, including the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) that lost 40 of its personnel during a dastardly terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir on February 14. A sum of 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.Members of the top brass of the BCCI, including Committee of Administrators (CoA) members Diana Edulji and Lt General Ravi Thodge, acting president of the BCCI CK Khanna and Anirudh Chaudhary, honourary treasurer were present at the felicitation ceremony. Even as the cheques were handed over to the representative from the armed forces, the Chennai crowd appreciated the gesture.advertisement”BCCI empathises with those affected by the Pulwama attack and with the families of those martyred during the course of their duties. We respect and admire our armed forces and the CRPF,” Sanjay Manjrekar, who hosted the felicitation ceremony said.The IPL usually got underway with a glittering opening ceremony but the 2019 edition was devoid of glitz and glamour, keeping in mind the sentiments of the people in the country following the terror attack in Pulwama.While the opening ceremony was cancelled, military bands performed to get the IPL 2019 underway at Chepauk. The toss for the opener between CSK and RCB was advanced by 10 minutes and the Madras Regiment Band, based out of Chennai, performed for the crowd.Also, Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni handed out a similar celebratory cheque on behalf of the Chennai-based franchise to the representative of the CRPF. While the club donated the proceeds of the ticket sales of the opening match for the noble cause, it’s once again debatable if CSK should have used the celebratory cheque.Also Read | MS Dhoni presents Rs 2 crore cheque to CRPF, military band performs at ChepaukFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow BCCIFollow Indian armed forcesFollow Pulwama terror attackFollow crpf attack BCCI’s insensitivity: Why present a man of the match replica cheque as donation to armed forcesThe Board of Control for Cricket in India donated Rs 20 crore, the amount estimated for the opening ceremony that was cancelled, to the armed forces in Chennai ahead of the IPL 2019 opener on Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more