Ness Wadia, the co-owner of Kings XI Punjab has proposed to the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, that the Indian national anthem be played before the start of every IPL game from the league's next edition which will be played in 2020. Usually, National anthems are played before the start of an international game but Wadia deems it necessary to follow the norm in the world's number one cricket league. Wadia is of the view, that since IPL is an Indian league, the national anthem should be played before the start of every IMP match. He also hailed the BCCI for scrapping a rather expensive opening ceremony of the IPL.
"It is an excellent move. It is high time that we don't have an opening ceremony. I have always wondered about the value and necessity of hosting an opening ceremony. One thing which they (BCCI) should do is to have the national anthem before each game given that it is the Indian Premier League," said Wadia.
"I had written to the BCCI earlier also and now I have written to Mr. Sourav Ganguly (BCCI president). And I think it is still played in movie theatres." "It is the Indian Premier League after all. We should be proud of what we have, which is a wonderful national anthem and a wonderful league. In NBA too, the national anthem is played before every game," he said. "The IPL is an Indian tournament. However, if one could look at expanding its reach, that will only be beneficial for all the stakeholders including the BCCI because it is also an international event. "If you look at the top football leagues all around the world, you do see them playing a lot of pre-season friendlies overseas. It only improves the visibility, reach and eventually the value of the IPL. BCCI must consider it. "It would be nice to have the world's number one cricketing league emulate what other sporting leagues have done. NBA has also come to India and China. The problem is the window (the scheduling) and that is where the BCCI comes in," he added.