New Delhi: The organizers of the Indian Premier League promised a dazzling opening ceremony for the sixth edition of the hugely popular Twenty20 tournament.
     
There will be flying drummers, Chinese percussionists and fireworks apart from performances by bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan in the ceremony at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on April 3.
     
Bollywood diva Katrina Kaif will also perform ahead of the tournament-opener between defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils.
     
"The Opening Ceremony of the Pepsi IPL 2013 will be as outstanding as the cricket that we will witness over the subsequent seven weeks. We are in for a spectacular commencement to what promises to be a memorable tournament," IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla said.
     
Rajasthan Royals were the first champions in 2008 while Deccan Chargers won the title in 2009, when the tournament was played in South Africa.
     
Chennai Super Kings triumphed in 2010 and 2011, and Kolkata Knight Riders scaled the summit in 2012.
     
In the sixth season, nine teams will battle it out in total of 76 matches, over a period of seven weeks. The final will be played May 26 again at the Eden Garden

(Agencies)

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