The latest decision from the BCCI is regarding the six captains of IPL Franchise, which does not include the captains of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. BCCI says that these 6 captains won’t have to go to the opening ceremony of IPL 2017 planned on April 7. It is learned that each of the captains will complete an uncommon video shoot on April 6 and leave for their respective cities that very night itself.
Till the last season of IPL, the tradition was to have an opening ceremony a day prior to the first match, where captains would go to and sign the ‘Soul of Cricket’ pledge. During the IPL governing meeting, it was already decided that the opening ceremony of IPL 2018 will be held on April 7, 2018 and the first match will held on April 8, 2018. That means there is no gap between the IPL 2018 opening ceremony and the first match of the tournament.
In any case, the goof-up happened on the grounds that senior IPL authorities didn’t get their work done on the calculated part of four other franchises having matches following day. On April 8, there are two matches of IPL 2018, first is Delhi Daredevils going up against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali at 4 pm and the second is RCB will compete against KKR in Kolkata at 8 pm.
A senior official of BCCI said, “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 board a 9 pm flight from Mumbai to Delhi as there are no late evening flights from Mumbai to Chandigarh.”
These lines are so true because, on the morning of Sunday, these players can’t take a flight because the airport would remain closed. Either they have to travel by road during the same night or the next morning, which would not be safe. Similarly, Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik will also be traveling a day before the match because, after the day of opening ceremony, they have a match at 8 PM, the next day. These are just because of the logistical issues. To resolve this, the captains will be called a day before the matches and their portion will be shot, which will be shown during the ceremony.