ICL Twenty20 promises to be a winner with star performances
Chandigarh : The opening ceremony of the Indian Cricket League Twenty20 Cricket Championship on Friday promises to be a spectacular show. The event, to be held at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula will see performances by filmstars like Kareena Kapoor, Yana Gupta, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar just before the first match between Chandigarh Lions and Delhi Jets.
Also flying in to attend the gala will be Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group owner Anil Ambani, Union Minister for Railways Lalu Prasad Yadav and industrialist Shashi Ruia. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be the chief guest for the occasion.
Essel Group’s Executive Vice-President Ashish Kaul said the tournament will be kicked off with performances by Kareena Kapoor and Yana Gupta.
Then there will be daily appearances by music group Band of Boys, dancing cheerleaders, tattoo artists, mehndi artists, face painters, karaoke singers, magicians, stick walkers and dhol artists.
Master at work
When the legendary Brian Lara took to the nets he made his intentions very clear. He was out there to bat like a champion. Lara displayed class cricket while batting at the nets.
Besides practicing at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium, teams like Chandigarh Lions, Delhi Jets and Hyderabad Heroes also had practice sessions at the DC Model School grounds in Panchkula. Young cricket fans cheered the players. Hyderabad Heroes emerged as the most popular side among youngsters.
As soon as the practice session ended, the team members were surrounded by students for autograph.
All set for the D-Day
With just a day to go for the start of the ICL Cricket Championship, the stadium was all decked up for the occasion. Floodlights have been installed, stands are in position and the stadium has an all new pitch.
Players like Harmish Marshall, Hemang Badani, Ambati Rayadu and JP Yadav went out to the Sector 10 market opposite Hotel Mountview, where they are staying.
They were seen enjoying milk shake at one of the shops in the market.