[caption id="attachment_694474" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Opening-ceremony-2017-.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-694474" alt="Opening ceremony 2017 AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Opening-ceremony-2017-.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Opening ceremony 2017 AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/bcci">BCCI</a> has decided that the six captains of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Indian-Premier-League">IPL</a> franchises barring Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, won't need to attend the opening ceremony scheduled on April 7. <p></p> <p></p>It is learnt that all eight captains will do a special video shoot on April 6 and leave for their respective cities that very evening itself. <p></p> <p></p>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. <p></p> <p></p>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. <p></p> <p></p>However the goof up happened because senior IPL officials didn't do their homework on the logistical aspect of four other franchises who have matches next day. <p></p> <p></p>On April 8, there is a double header with Delhi Daredevils taking on Kings XI Punjab in Mohali at 4 pm while RCB will meet KKR in Kolkata at 8 pm. <p></p> <p></p>"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," a senior BCCI official told PTI. <p></p> <p></p>"Sample this. If Ashwin and Gambhir would have attended the opening ceremony, they could only boarded a 9pm flight from Mumbai to Delhi as there are no late evening flights from Mumbai to Chandigarh. <p></p> <p></p>"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 the night, which is a dangerous proposition or in the morning of the match to play at 4 pm. The less said, better it is," the senior official fumed. <p></p> <p></p>Even <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a> (RCB) and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/dinesh-karthik/">Dinesh Karthik</a> (KKR) would have had to travel a day before the match although they have an evening game (8pm) to play. <p></p> <p></p>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 and their portion will be shot and shown during the opening ceremony."