Chennai A galaxy of stars, including Amitabh Bachachan and American pop star Katy Perry, will set the ball rolling for the fifth edition of Indian Premier League at a glittering opening ceremony on Wednesday.
The tournament will kic
k off on April 4 with holders Chennai Super Kings taking on last year Champions League winners Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match at M A Chidambaram stadium, aiming for a hat- trick of titles. A total of 76 matches will be played across 12 venues across the country in the run up to the finals on May 27 here. The edition has been reduced to a nine- team affair after last year entrant Kochi Tuskers franchise was terminated by the BCCI in September for breach of agreement. Several players have swapped teams and notable among them is former captain Sourav Ganguly, who has moved to Pune Warriors from Kolkata Knight Riders and Rahul Dravid, who has switched over to Rajasthan Royals from Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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