- IPL captains to miss the IPL 2018 Opening Ceremony
- IPL captains to record The Spirit of Cricket captain’s pledge from Mumbai’s Trident Hotel ahead of the IPL 2018 opening ceremony
- RCB, DD, KKR, KXIP play the very next day of the IPL 2018 opening ceremony
BCCI are planning to make a key change to the IPL 2018 opening ceremony, which is set to take place on 6 April, with all the IPL captains set to miss the IPL opening ceremony as they will pre-record The Spirit of Cricket captain’s pledge and are set to be with their team for the all-important opening game of the IPL.
The opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League is one of the most sought-after events of the year where the best from sports and entertainment come together for an eye-catching IPL opening ceremony.
IPL 2018 Opening Ceremony : The Spirit of Cricket IPL captain’s pledge
While the presence of IPL captains for The Spirit of Cricket captain’s pledge is an important aspect of IPL’s opening ceremony, the BCCI and IPL’s governing body has felt that IPL captains need to be with their teams, as the 4 teams (RCB, DD, KXIP, KKR) will be playing their matches the very next day after the IPL opening ceremony.
The decision has come after IPL 2018 could not push the date of their opening ceremony to 6th April as per their initial plan and now the captains will record The Spirit of Cricket captain’s pledge from Mumbai’s Trident Hotel and then join their teams to strategize for their opening matches.
As reported by News 18, a senior BCCI official commented on the matter and said,
“Having the captain’s pledge at the Trident Hotel in Nariman Point on April 6 means that all the leaders can go back to their respective teams before their opening games.”
“With the opening ceremony now on April 7, having the captain’s pledge live would mean keeping Virat Kohli (RCB), Gautam Gambhir (DD), Dinesh Karthik (KKR) and R Ashwin (KXIP) away from their teams on the eve of their opening game on April 8. So, if we have the event in advance, they can happily strategize and make last-minute plans before the game.”
Interestingly, many of the IPL 2018 franchise have appreciated the decision and believe this is the right way to go about the things and hope such decisions are taken in the future to help IPL sides fight the taxing schedule of the tournament.
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