The Nokia Champions League Twenty20 2011, the third edition of the Champions League Twenty20, is all set to get underway today with a glittering opening ceremony.
The ceremony will have three extremely popular hip-hop artists – Jay Sean, Ludacris and Flo Rida – performing at the ceremony. Jay and Flo have visited India before but this is Ludacris’ first visit to the country.
The captains of the ten participating teams, who will in a way walk the ramp before signing the Spirit of Cricket declaration, signaling the start to the tournament.
The first match of the tournament will be played on Friday between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Warriors in Bangalore.
Thirteen teams, including 4 IPL teams, are participating this year. They are: Auckland Aces (NZ), Cape Cobras (SA), Chennai Super Kings (Ind), Kolkata Knight Riders (Ind), Leicestershire (Eng), Mumbai Indians (Ind), New South Wales (Aus), Royal Challengers Bangalore (Ind), Ruhuna (SL), Somerset (Eng), South Australia (Aus), Trinidad & Tobago (WI), Warriors (SA).