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Anil Ambani, top filmstars to grace ICL inauguration

Anil Ambani, Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor would be present at the inauguration of the ICL's T20 tournament which kicks off on Friday.

cricket Updated: Nov 28, 2007 12:39 IST

Top business tycoons such as Anil Ambani and filmstars like Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor would be present at the inauguration of the Indian Cricket League's twenty20 tournament which kicks off on Friday at Panchkula.

"We have drawn up an impressive celebrity list. Besides Ambani, Essar Group's Shashi Ruia will also come to Chandigarh to watch the matches," Essel Group's Executive Vice-President Ashish Kaul said in Chandigarh on Wednesday.

Kaul, whose group is holding the fortnight-long tournament, said Kareena Kapoor and a top model Yana Gupta will perform shortly before the event takes off.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be the chief guest.

The Zee group will broadcast the first 30 minutes of the ICL matches on all its channels, except the two movie channels while complete full live telecast will be available on Zee Sports.

Kaul said organisers had taken certain steps to ensure the games are conducted in line with international standards.
ICL has tied up with Ranbaxy Laboratories for anti-doping testing and has employed an external security consultant to monitor the players' dressing rooms and umpires area during the matches.

"This has been done to ensure the integrity of matches is maintained," he said, adding it was similar to the controls the International Cricket Council has in place for international events.

First Published: Nov 28, 2007 12:36 IST