IPL 2018 Opening Ceremony : Dates, Cities, Live

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IPL 11 Opening Celebrations from Different Cities

The Indian Premier League organisers have planned to have different IPL 2018 opening ceremonies across the country.The 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season will be the tenth year of the top tier cricket tournament, and organisers are preparing for a big celebration for the landmark edition.The 10th edition of the Indian Premier League will start on Wednesday when the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad take on last year’s runners-up Royal Challengers Bangalore in at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium Hyderabad.This year, the glitzy opening ceremony, which has graced the cash-rich T20 league over the years, will not not happen just once before the start of the tournament but at least eight times.

The IPL organisers have planned to have eight different opening IPL 11 ceremonies across the host cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Rajkot, Pune, Bengaluru and Indore.”It would be unfair to say it was my idea. All the members sat together and decided to have separate opening ceremonies across all the host cities to give the fans an opportunity to witness the opening of the 10th edition of the IPL live,” IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla was quoted as saying by Cricketnext. “The various segments of the ceremony will be on our culture, the culture and tradition of the host cities as also highlighting the high points from the last nine editions of the tournament. We will also have performances from Bollywood stars, spirit of cricket signing etc,” he said.

 

The new crop of Bollywood stars are expected to take the centrestage with the likes Parineeti Chopra, Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor, Amy Jackson and Riteish Deshmukh set to perform.

Amy Jackson will set the stage on fire ahead of the opener on April 5.

“Amy is set to perform and we will also have other regional faces. Apart from that, we could also have a laser show as also we will have the official digital signing of the eight captains and bringing the trophy back into play for this season,” an official of the Hyderabad Cricket Association said.

Apart from the opening ceremony on Wednesday, the IPL will also felicitate the Fab-5 of Indian cricket, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag before the toss.

Tiger Shroff will perform ahead of Gujarat Lions’ first home game on April 7 in Rajkot.

“We will have the super talented Tiger performing at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Apart from him, we will also have Sachin-Jigar and the Ram-Leela fame singer Bhoomi Trivedi. It should be a fascinating night and one that all will remember,” a Saurashtra Cricket Association official said.

Shraddha Kapoor will entertain the crowd at the City of Joy on April 13.

“With Shah Rukh Khan, you never know if he will be part of an impromptu jig if he is present at the Eden Gardens. But as of now, Shraddha and Monali have confirmed their participation. We are very excited and hope to put on a great show,” a Cricket Association of Bengal official said.

And, Parineeti will set the stage on fire at the Feroz Shah Kotla on April 15.

“We are proud that we will have Parineeti performing in the opening ceremony at Kotla. She hails from Ambala, as a result she will have a connect with both the Delhi and the Punjab fans. We are excited that she will put up a great show. We will also have other performances like cultural shows and relive DD’s best moments in the IPL over the last nine editions,” a Delhi and District Cricket Association said.

Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab are yet to confirm their star performers before their first home games.

IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla announced on Monday that unlike past editions, the tenth edition will not exclude any fan from the celebrations as the league plans to host eight different opening ceremonies, one before the first home game of each franchise.

It would be unfair to say it was my idea. All the members sat together and decided to have separate opening ceremonies across all the host cities to give the fans an opportunity to witness the opening of the 10th edition of the IPL live,” Shukla was quoted as saying in a report by Cricketnext.

The various segments of the ceremony will be on our culture, the culture and tradition of the host cities as also highlighting the high points from the last nine editions of the tournament. We will also have performances from Bollywood stars, spirit of cricket signing, etc,” he said.

IPL 2018 Opening Ceremony Places

Each opening ceremony is expected to be graced by a different celebrity as well.

Bollywood stars have entertained cricket fans at the start of each IPL season with the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, and Kolkata Knight Riders owner Shah Rukh Khan having performed in the opening ceremonies

This year will see a younger generation of stars taking to the stage.

Here is a list of the confirmed names for each venue:

Hyderabad (April 5): Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Amy Jackson will perform at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

“Amy is set to perform and we will also have other regional faces. Apart from that, we could also have a laser show as also we will have the official digital signing of the eight captains and bringing the trophy back into play for this season,” an official of the Hyderabad Cricket Association said in the report.

Bangalore (April 8): Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Daredevils

Yet to be confirmed for the match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

“We have just been told that the event shall be hosted between 6pm and 6:50 pm and that is all that we are aware of. We have not been told anything about the performers and what all can be expected in the show,” said a senior Karnataka State Cricket Association official.

Mumbai (April 9): Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders

Yet to be confirmed for match at Wankhede Stadium.

“We have not been told anything by the organising committee as yet,” a Mumbai Cricket Association official said.

Kolkata (April 13): Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab

Shraddha Kapoor and Monali Thakur will perform at Eden Gardens.

“With Shah Rukh Khan, you never know if he will be part of an impromptu jig if he is present at the Eden Gardens. But as of now, Shraddha and Monali have confirmed their participation. We are very excited and hope to put on a great show,” a Cricket Association of Bengal official said.

New Delhi (April 15): Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab

Parineeti Chopra will perform at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground.

“We are proud that we will have Parineeti performing in the opening ceremony at Kotla. She hails from Ambala, as a result she will have a connect with both the Delhi and the Punjab fans. We are excited that she will put up a great show. We will also have other performances like cultural shows and relive DD’s best moments in the IPL over the last nine editions,” a senior Delhi and District Cricket Association official was quoted as saying

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