It is now 2 days to go to start carnival of the world’s most entertaining cricket event – the Indian Premier League. Gala opening ceremony of the IPL 2017 will take place in Hyderabad where also the first match to be played in the IPL 10 between the previous finalists Sunrisers Hyderabad (IPL 2016 Winner) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. According to the report published on a cricket website; the 10th edition of the IPL shall see 8 separate opening ceremonies at the home grounds of the 8 franchises.
In its report, the website quoted IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, who said to the website that a unanimous decision was taken by the members of the governing council to give fans from all the host cities a taste of the gala opening ceremony. 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. He also said that we will also have the performances from Bollywood stars, spirit of cricket signing etc.
According to another website report, Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan can be a star performer during the IPL 2017 opening ceremony, while another site reported that Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor will perform in the opening ceremony. In the IPL 2016, there were 396 million in viewership in India whereas 121 million viewers tuning in for the finale between Royal Challenger Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 29. Around 190 million in viewership in the 8th edition.
With eight teams, each team plays each other twice in a home-and-away round-robin format in the league phase and the top four teams will qualify for the Playoffs. During the close to one and-a-half month long tournament 56 matches will take place between April 5 and May 14, 2017. The final of the Indian Premier League 2017 being held in Hyderabad on May 21.