The Indian Premier League (IPL) launched its highly anticipated 16th season with a dazzling opening ceremony held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad yesterday. The event featured popular singer Arijit Singh and actors Tamannaah Bhatia and Rashmika Mandanna, who enthralled the audience with their electric performances.
However, IPL, known for its extravagant events, found itself embroiled in controversy as netizens accused the league of copying the opening ceremony of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 8. Fans on Twitter were quick to point out that IPL displayed its trophy using drones, a technology that was first introduced during the PSL season 8 opening ceremony at Multan Cricket Stadium.
Here are some of the reactions from cricket fans on Twitter:
Not surprised😂😂. #IPL2023 #IPL #IPL2023OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/xgb52OXSzN
— Shaharyar Ejaz 🏏 (@SharyOfficial) March 31, 2023
OPPPSSSSSS IPL COPIED PSL ……….. pic.twitter.com/puZBeTImsm
— Saeed Cricky🏏 (@SaeedCricky) March 31, 2023
IPL copied the idea of showing their trophy like this from PSL. BCCI robbed the creation of PCB, congratulations to all of you, Pakistan Super League is a world wide brand now. #IPL2023 #TATAIPL #iplopeningceremony pic.twitter.com/Y4iUqZaKc1
— Ahmad Haseeb (@iamAhmadhaseeb) March 31, 2023
IPL copied the idea of showing their trophy like this from PSL. @BCCI robbed the creation of @TheRealPCB, congratulations to all of you, Pakistan Super League is a world wide brand now. #PSL2023 #IPL2023#iplopeningceremony pic.twitter.com/C0CVhhbVva
— WARAICH (@waraich____) March 31, 2023
IPL copied the idea of showing their trophy like this from PSL. BCCI robbed the creation of PCB#IPL2023 #PSL2023 #fixedmatches pic.twitter.com/P0UC9Bcm8k
— Huzaifa Chaudhary♥ (@Huzaifa12916549) March 31, 2023
While the PSL season 8 opening ceremony was praised by cricket fans for its high-quality entertainment, the IPL’s ceremony was also well-received by fans in India.
It’s not uncommon for leagues to borrow ideas from one another, but the accusation of copying can stir up a lot of controversy. However, the IPL seems to be unfazed by the criticism and is pushing ahead with the season’s matches.
In conclusion, while the IPL opening ceremony may have been marred by accusations of copying, it still managed to generate buzz among fans. Only time will tell if the league can continue to hold the audience’s attention throughout the season, but for now, fans are eagerly anticipating the upcoming matches.