Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Indian Board To Make IPL Captains Take 'Spirit' Pledge

The Indian board (BCCI) is to take steps to try and avoid any offensive language and rude gestures in the Indian Premier League (IPL) by having the eight team captains make a pledge to abide by the spirit of cricket.

The spirit of cricket has been a hot talking point in recent months, particularly following an ill-tempered Indian tour of Australia, and following that tour, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced a 'zero tolerance' crackdown on offensive language and gestures.

"We (India) are the first to adopt the spirit of cricket," IPL governing council member Inderjit Bindra told Thursday's Hindustan Times.

"And to ensure players abide by it, the captains of all eight teams in the IPL will take a pledge to play by the spirit of the game before the tournament gets rolling."

A preamble on the spirit of cricket was formally added to the laws of the game at the turn of the century on how it should be played and viewed both on and off the field.

The IPL tournament begins on April 18th.

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