The Indian Premier League is one of the best T20 leagues in the cricketing world. It won’t be an overstatement to say that the wealthiest tournament leads the pack with respect to the audience and players involved in the competition. However, competition is not the only thing BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) prides itself for.
The BCCI, along with other organizers of the IPL has joined hands to turn the marquee league into one of the greenest and most environmentally sustainable tournaments in the world. The board’s partnership with United Nations is one of the most recent examples of this initiative. The agreement affords the Indian board funds and resources to implement ‘greening operations’ across various venues used for the tournament.
The BCCI has been actively encouraging fans to avoid the usage of plastic. Be it the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi or Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Eden Gardens in Kolkata or M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, the BCCI has always promoted green initiatives.
Talking about the development, the BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said, “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.”
All the teams participating in the IPL take the responsibility for their greening initiatives too. Especially, Delhi Capitals has come up as the most popular team in the IPL, owing to its commitment to these initiatives. Even when the tournament was relocated to the United Arab Emirates in 2020, the Delhi franchise and the tournament as a whole continued their mission towards making the environment sustainable.
One of the most impressive moves is the Delhi Capitals’ association with Coca-Cola India and the Ramky Waste Management Group. Their collective crackdown amid an exemplary zero waste policy is admirable.
The former Delhi franchise chief executive officer Hemant Dua said, “Every year, there is a growing realization to reduce waste that goes into the landfills. Through this initiative, we’re trying to spread awareness about the importance of judicious waste disposal and waste management.”
Although Dua has moved on, the initiatives started by him continue to produce results even today.
Having started in 2008, the Indian Premier League stands head and shoulders above other t20 leagues in the world and continues to improve every year.