The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided that six captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise will not be needed to attend the opening ceremony of this year’s IPL.
The turmoil began due to change of schedules of the IPL opening ceremony this year. Till last year, the opening ceremony happened a day before the beginning of the tournament where all the captains attend and sign the ‘spirit of cricket’ pledge.
This year, the IPL Governing Council decided to ceremony to be held on April 7 just before the initiation of the first match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
A senior BCCI official told PTI, “IPL team should have done their homework. They are calling Gautam Gambhir and Ravichandran Ashwin a day before an afternoon match. That’s absolute lack of homework.”
“Sample this. If Ashwin and Gambhir would have attended the opening ceremony, they could only boarded a 9pm flight from Mumbai to Delhi as there are no late evening flights from Mumbai to Chandigarh.
“Now from Delhi, they can’t take a flight to Chandigarh on Sunday morning because the airport would remain close. So either they travel by car during the night, which is a dangerous proposition or in the morning of the match to play at 4 pm. The less said, better it is,” he said.