The sixth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 is set to begin on 3 April and the booking of tickets for the opening ceremony has begun.
The IPL 2013 opening ceremony will start at 7:00 pm on Tuesday at Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, and the tickets are available online at Ticket Genie. A ticket for the upper tier costs ₹300, ₹500 for the middle tier and ₹200 for the silver tier. The online tickets for the lower and gold tiers have aready been sold out.
The opening ceremony of the IPL 2013 will feature performances by Shah Rukh Khan and his "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" co-star Katrina Kaif. International rapper Pitbull has been roped in to perform at the event.
IPL, which has been a story of phenomenal success since its start in 2008, will enter the sixth season on 3 April. Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will play Delhi Daredevils in the opening game at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
A total of 76 matches will be played between nine teams at the upcoming sporting extravaganza, which will come to a close on 26 May.
In what could be seen as a setback for the sixth season of the IPL, organizers of the tournament have decided to restrict Sri Lankan cricketers from playing the matches in Chennai after the intervention of Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa over Sri Lankan Tamils issue.
The CM wrote a letter to the prime minister informing that the state government would not allow IPL matches involving Sri Lankans to be played in the state, arguing that their participation could hurt the sentiments of Tamilians.