Thursday, March 27, 2008

Indian Premier League (IPL): BCCI against racism

BCCI is against sledging and hopes to stop this offensive language and unsavoury incidents from cricket. Before going to launch its inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL), Indian cricket board pledge eight team captains to abide by the “spirit of cricket”. To stop sledging from cricket, BCCI is campaigning.

REUTERS. UK reported:

"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.

In India’s last tour Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was accused of racial abusing by Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds. And Australian opener called him “obnoxious weed”.

ICC is trying to stop racism in and out of field from cricket. And they think until racism will not be eliminated, so umpire had to decide what they felt were acceptable levels.

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