October 26, 2016

BPL set for gala opening

Preparations for the third edition of the Bangladesh Premier League’s grand opening ceremony were underway at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday

The curtain of the third edition of the Bangladesh Premier League will rise today with a grand opening ceremony featuring Indian artistes at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Bollywood stars Hrithik Roshan and Jacqueline Fernandez are the prime attraction for the opening concert that will also feature some of the best known local singers and artistes, reports newagebd

Sheikh Sohel, a director of the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the head of ceremonies committee, hoped the program will give a perfect kick start to the tournament that is going to resume after a gap of two years.

‘If we can make the opening ceremony hit, the tournament will also be a hit,’ Sohel said at a press conference at the BGME Bhaban of capital on Thursday.

The programme will start with a dance show of Mou at 4:30pm before local band Chirkut takes the stage at 5:00pm. Soft rock band LRB will take stage at 6:30pm and will be followed by folk singer Momtaz.

Indian singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, will come to the stage at 7:30pm before BCB president Nazmul Hasan formally declares the tournament with a short speech.

Bollywood-based Sri Lankan actress Jacqueline will perform a dance show after the formal inauguration and then Hrithik will come to the stage to entertain the spectators.

Sheikh Sohel said the budget of the opening ceremony reached nearly Tk 3.5 crore as National Board of Revenue refused to give any tax exemption.

‘We were hoping to keep the budget limited to a certain amount. But it came to 3 to 3.5 crore in the end after NRB had demanded huge tax,’ he said, without elaborating.

The BCB said they made around 4,000 tickets available for sale while rests of the tickets have been distributed as complimentary. There was no formal arrangement for media to cover the event and the press box at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium will remain shut.

Hrithik and Jacqueline are expected to arrive around 9:30am, but their co-performers are already in the city. DBL Group, which owns the BPL franchise Chittagong Vikings, is sponsoring the opening ceremony.

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