IPL 2019: Pre-recorded video of captains’ fair-play pledge to be played ahead of opener

first_img Indo-Asian News Service ChennaiMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 19:41 IST Captains of all eight IPL franchises reached Chennai to record a video of them signing the fair-play pledge (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCaptains of all eight franchises reached Chennai to record the fair-play pledgeThe opening ceremony of IPL 2019 has been cancelled and the funds budgeted for the same will be donated to families of Pulwama attack martyrsAn official of one of the franchises applauded the move as it will give the teams playing on Sunday time to strategise with their captainsThe Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to start on Saturday and the captains of the eight teams embarked in Chennai on Thursday for the captains’ meet and signing of the pledge to play the game in fair spirit.The eight teams competing in the IPL include Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Mumbai Indians (MI), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Delhi Capitals (DC).Speaking to IANS, a senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said the pledge was being pre-recorded on the sidelines of the captains’ meet so that all of them can go back to their respective franchises well in time for their opening games of the season.”The captains are in Chennai today for the captains’ meet as well as to sign the pledge so that all the leaders can go back to their respective teams before their opening games. They will head back to their respective franchises on Friday.”With the opening ceremony being cancelled this year and the funds budgeted for the same to be handed to the families of the Pulwama martyrs, there will be a small screening wherein the pre-recorded signing of the pledge by the captains will be shown,” the official explained.IPL franchise official appluads move An official of one of the franchises applauded the move as it will give the teams playing on Sunday time to strategise with their captains.”Had the signing of the pledge happened before the start of the IPL opener, all the captains would have flown back late on Saturday night or Sunday morning. This would have meant keeping the captains of KKR, SRH, MI and DC away from their teams on the eve of their opening match as all the four teams play on Sunday. Pre-recording the pledge on the sidelines of the captains’ meet is a decision taken keeping everyone’s interest in mind,” the official told IANS.advertisementThe pledge taken by the captains of the eight teams will be shown in the Spirit of Cricket segment. It will be the only time when all the captains will share the stage in the tournament.MS Dhoni, captain of the defending champions CSK, is also expected to put the trophy back into play at that time.Also Read | ‘12,000 fans at practice match just a teaser’: Decoding Chennai’s love for CSKAlso Read | The Dhoni, Raina impact on Chennai Super Kings, IPL’s most successful sideAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Indian Premier LeagueFollow IPL opening ceremonyFollow Pulwama attack IPL 2019: Pre-recorded video of captains’ fair-play pledge to be played ahead of openerIn a bid to give captains of all eight IPL franchises enough time to go back to their respective teams ahead of their season openers, the BCCI has decided to pre-record the fair-play pledge. advertisementlast_img read more