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BCCI signs Letter of Intent with UN Environment

The BCCI will endeavor to reduce its environmental impact by greening operations and engaging cricketers and fans in green initiatives.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and UN Environment signed an agreement to promote ‘green’ cricket in India.

Mr Amitabh Choudhary, Acting Hon. Secretary of the BCCI and Mr Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment signed a letter of intent at the BCCI headquarters, Cricket Centre in Mumbai ahead of the VIVO IPL 2018 final between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The partnership aims to spread greater awareness about key environmental challenges facing the country, and highlight alternate and more sustainable solutions. The BCCI will endeavor to reduce its environmental impact by greening operations and engaging cricketers and fans in green initiatives.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr Amitabh Choudhary said: “The Board is happy to announce its partnership with UN Environment. This is a major step in spreading the message of environmental conservation. We will help make cricket green and sensitize spectators towards minimizing waste generation during matches.”

Mr Erik Solheim said: “The environment and sports are more closely connected than people think. If we don’t have a healthy environment, then sports will not thrive. I am delighted that UN Environment is partnering with the BCCI to use the power of cricket to inspire action for a cleaner environment.”

The partnership will also focus on phasing out single-use plastic across stadiums in the country. The BCCI has already begun raising awareness on this issue. During the course of the VIVO IPL, a film with messages from captains of various franchises was created and aired in stadiums highlighting hazards of plastic pollution.

At the four matches played at the Holkar Stadium, a Green Protocol based on the concept of 3Rs – to reduce, reuse and recycle was implanted. A plastic audit is being undertaken there to assess the types and volumes of single-use plastic generated and chart a course to implement waste management system.

Similarly, at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium, the Karnataka State Cricket Association replaced plastic cups and bottles with environment-friendly alternatives for over 32,000 fans.

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Status update on Virat Kohli’s fitness

The Team India captain will begin training and subsequently undergo a fitness test at the NCA in Bengaluru from June 15.

Team India Captain Mr Virat Kohli suffered a neck injury while fielding during Match 51 of the VIVO IPL between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad on 17th May 2018 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

Mr Kohli, who was scheduled to play for Surrey CCC in the month of June, has been ruled out from participating.

This decision was taken following assessments by the BCCI Medical team, subsequent scans, and a specialist visit.

The Team India captain will now undergo a period of rehabilitation under the supervision of the BCCI Medical team.

He will begin training and subsequently undergo a fitness test at the NCA in Bengaluru from June 15. The BCCI Medical Team is confident that Mr Kohli will regain full fitness ahead of India’s upcoming tours to Ireland and England.

Amitabh Choudhary

Acting Hon. Secretary

BCCI

BCCI Desk

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