Indian Premier League's 7th season will kick start from today in UAE, with the opening ceremony to be held today. The matches will be played from tomorrow, april 16th. The IPL's opening ceremony will see performances by bollywood star Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and dance queen Madhuri Dixit.
Media reports say
Shahrukh Khan will act as the host of the evening. According to the
sources, this year's IPL opening ceremony could be a less vibrant
affair, as the budget for the opening ceremony will be less than Rs
25 crores that was spent on the last year's ceremony. There will be
eight teams playing in this season, after the withdrawal of the Pune
For the first time IPL is
being partially played outside the country as the Indian government
has expressed its inability to provide security cover to the matches
because of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections in the country.
The tournament will be jointly hosted by India and
the United Arab Emirates. The opening 20 matches will be held in the
UAE at three different stadiums in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. The
later half of the tournament will be played in India from May 2.