The IPL season is about to start and the first exciting thing associated with IPL is ipl 2018 opening ceremony . The reason behind this is because at that time ,all the captain are required to be present
Till last year, the convention was to have an opening ceremony a day before the first match, which captains would attend and sign the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ pledge.
But now, the BCCI has decided that the six captains of IPL franchises apart from Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, won’t be required to attend the opening ceremony of IPL 2018 scheduled on April 7.
This year it was decided at the IPL Governing meeting that opening ceremony would be held in Mumbai on April 7 before the first match between MI and CSK.
On April 8, there are two matches ,first is between Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab in Mohali at 4 pm while second is between RCB and KKR in Kolkata at 8 pm.
However, the goof happened because senior IPL officials didn’t do their homework on the logistical aspect of four other franchises who would have to play next day.
“IPL team should have done their homework. They are calling Gautam Gambhir and Ravichandran Ashwin a day before an afternoon match. That’s due to lack of homework,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
“Sample this. If Ashwin and Gambhir would have attended the opening ceremony . They could only boarded a 9pm flight 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 night or in the morning of match to play at 4 pm. The less said, 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 .
When contacted, acting president 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 . Their portion will be shot and shown during the opening ceremony.”