IPL’s Six Captains will Not Attend Opening Ceremony 2018: As the eleventh season of the Indian Premier League is approaching us, anticipation is growing like crazy. All sort of news and updates are flying around and in midst of all that, we have a shocking news. IPL captains not to attend the opening ceremony due to the logistics issue. Ahead of the IPL 2018, the BCCI has decided that the six captains of IPL franchises barring Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, won’t need to attend the opening ceremony scheduled on April 7.
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IPL Captains Not to Attend the Opening Ceremony 2018
According to the sources, all eight captains will be doing a video shoot on April 6 and leave after that leave for their respective cities that same evening.
The usual custom until the last year was to have an opening ceremony a day before the first match, in which captains would attend and sign the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ pledge.
This year also, the opening ceremony was scheduled to held on April 6 but during the IPL Governing meeting, it was decided that the opening ceremony would be held in Mumbai on April 7 right before the first match between the defending champions MI and CSK.
This muddle up happened because senior IPL officials didn’t do their homework on the logistical aspect of four other teams who have matches next day.
Which 6 Captains Will Not Attend IPL Opening Ceremony 2018
Two games will be played on April 8 with the evening game scheduled between Delhi Daredevils taking on Kings XI Punjab at 4 pm in Mohali and the other match between RCB and KKR in Kolkata at 8 pm.
“Sample this. If Ashwin and Gambhir would have attended the opening ceremony, they could only be boarded a 9 pm 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 closed. 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, the better it is,” the senior official fumed.
Even Virat Kohli (RCB) and Dinesh Karthik (KKR) would have had to travel a day before the match although they have an evening game (8 pm) to play.
The acting president of BCCI, CK Khanna said:”We are aware that there are some logistical issues that have cropped up. It will be sorted at the earliest. I think captains will be called a day earlier and their portion will be shot and shown during the opening ceremony.”
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