IPL 2017 Opening Ceremony: IPL 10 to have 8 separate opening ceremonies, says Rajeev Shukla

Abhishek Nandwani
The tenth season of Indian Premier League is just couple of days away and the fans all over the world are excited about the cash-rich tournament.

The tenth season of Indian Premier League is just couple of days away and the fans all over the world are excited about the cash-rich tournament. But IPL is not just about cricket – it’s also about off field fun and frolic. The extravaganza that lasts for close to one and-a-half month starts with the gala opening ceremony and this time around it is going to be huge.

The 10th edition of the IPL shall see 8 separate opening ceremonies at the home grounds of the 8 franchises. IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said 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,” Rajeev Shukla told to a cricket website 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 added.

Over the years number of fans and critics have often said that the IPL has lost its charm due to the controversie but the Shukla is of different opinion.

“We had around 396 million in viewership in India alone in the ninth edition, leaving the rest of the world aside. The viewership was around 190 million in season eighth, so it is a clear success story,” he said.