A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) functionary told Indian Express, that the opening ceremony has been rescheduled by the orders of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). The venue, too, has been changed from the Cricket Club of India (CCI) to Wankhede Stadium as reportedly the budget has been reduced by as much as Rs 20 crore.
The tournament begins on April 7 at Wankhede Stadium with the first match slated between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The opening ceremony will be held before the start of the match. (IPL 2018 Schedule: Full-Time Table, Fixtures, Match Date, Timings List & Venues)
“Earlier the budget for the opening ceremony was Rs 50 crore (approved by the IPL governing council), now it has been reduced to Rs 30 crore. This call, too, has been taken by the CoA,” he said.