IPL 2012: Star studded opening ceremony on April 3 in Chennai

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 opening ceremony will be held in M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, the home venue of the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings.

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Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, music band Colonial Cousins, Amitabh Bachchan, Prabhu Deva and American singer and actress Katy Perry are all set to make the IPL 2012 a grand ceremony with their amazing performances.

Katy Perry, the international musical sensation, shows the boys how it’s done before they speed away into a new season of DLF IPL. Having ruled the music charts and won every prestigious award from the Billboard to the Brit, the pop princess is all set to storm the DLF IPL 2012 Opening Nite, an evening that will set the tone for a summer of high-quality cricket.

The International Pop Star flaunts a unique mix of talent, spirit and innovation, reflective of the tournament that has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide.

“We look forward to Ms. Perry’s participation at the DLF IPL 2012 Opening Nite. A performer of her calibre makes the occasion even more special for the IPL family – players, organisers and fans,” IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla, said about the star’s much-anticipated act.

“The verve and originality of her music matches that of the competition and we look forward to an inspired performance from her.”

All nine team captains will be present to take the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge, reaffirming the values in IPL’s commitment to the spirit of cricket, which has been on display since the competitions inception in 2008.

IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla is delighted to welcome stars, cricketers, fans and connoisseurs to the latest season of IPL.

“With four highly successful seasons behind us, we hope to raise the standards of the competition even higher, as we look forward to celebrating DLF IPL 2012 with much fanfare, starting with Opening Nite,” said Shukla.

“We want to thank all the supporters for their continued support as they have made the league what it is today.

“We are proud to boast a lineup of big names to kick start the 2012 Season in style, as fans both local and abroad get ready to cheer for their teams who will be playing at 12 venues across the country.”

It is being learnt that the Kolkata Knight Riders owner Shah Ruk Khan will give a miss to this year’s IPL opening ceremony.

Watch IPL 2012 Opening Ceremony Live Streaming Online (Begins at 7pm on 3 April)

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