IPL captains take spirit of cricket pledge online

In the past, captains of the Indian Premier League franchises would make a pledge by signing a ceremonial document to uphold the spirit of cricket during the opening ceremony.

MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma ahead of the IPL 2018 opener.   -  Sportzpics/BCCI

In the past, captains of the Indian Premier League franchises would make a pledge by signing a ceremonial document to uphold the spirit of cricket during the opening ceremony.

This time around, the skippers of the eight teams made an online pledge which was screened at the Wankhede Stadium ahead of the opening match of the IPL between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.

 

The sport has come under scrutiny in the past couple of weeks after the Australian trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Brancroft were found guilty of premeditated ball-tampering during a Test match against South Africa.

In the video, Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni says, "I hereby take the pledge to play hard and play fair." Rajasthan Royals' Ajinkya Rahane, who took over the leadership duties from Steve Smith, says, "I shall lead the way by upholding the ideals of fair play."