The mother of all cricket leagues in the world – Indian Premier League – is back and this time it promises to keep you entertained for nearly 2 months. Pakistan’s premier sports channel Geo Super will be bringing you all the action of the event, up till the final on May 27th.
On the whole, 9 teams are participating in the event and will play 16 matches, with the total number of matches being 76. For a change, teams have transferred players during the off season with most of the big players either switching teams of missing out. The winning captain of the first edition of IPL – Shane Warne of Rajasthan Royals – will miss this edition because of his retirement from the game. Same is the case with Andrew Symonds whereas Yuvraj Singh will not feature in the event as he is recovering from cancer. Also joining the injury list are India’s Ishant Sharma, South Africa’s Graeme Smith and Australia’s James Hopes.
While there were no Pakistanis in IPL since the second edition, former all-rounder Azhar Mahmood gets to play in the fifth edition due to his British nationality. He will be seen in action for King’s XI Punjab and might be eager to show his skills just the way he did in the Bangladesh Premier League. On the other hand, Wasim Akram, the legendary Pakistani fast bowler could be seen in the dug out of Kolkata Knight Riders as he is their bowling coach.
Where there is IPL, there is Bollywood celebrities. In the opening ceremony of the event, Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Prabhudeva as well as Pop artist Katy Perry performed to enthrall the audience. The closing ceremony in late May will also match the opening ceremony, but during that, viewers all over the world will be glued to the matches on the field, watching their favourite cricketers in action, against the best in the world.