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Beauty, brawn … and then there was cricket

Staff Reporter

CCL debuts with film stars of Sandalwood, Bollywood, Tollywood, Kollywood


Fans couldn't keep away from the event

Chennai Rhinos win the first match


— Photo : Bhagya Prakash K.

Glitz and glamour:Actors Shriya Saran and Priyamani at the inauguration of the Celebrity Cricket League at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Saturday.

BANGALORE: As if the Indian Premier League wasn't enough, the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) drew fans by the hundreds on the first day of the star-studded cricket tournament, despite dark clouds looming over the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Saturday.

Long queues outside the stadium ensured that traffic moved at a snail's pace. It was almost the IPL revisited, with the stars of Sandalwood, Bollywood, Tollywood and Kollywood descending on the pitch.

First match

The first match was played between the Telugu Warriors and the Chennai Rhinos, with actors such as Venkatesh, Bharath, Arya, Sharath Kumar, Vishnu, Siddharth, Nithin and Vishal Reddy battling it out. It was the Chennai Rhinos who won the first match.

In the second match held in the evening, the home team, Karnataka Bulldozers, played against Mumbai Heroes. Among the big names in the two teams were actors Salman Khan (who made a grand entry after the inaugural ceremony to a roaring crowd with actor Sonakshi Sinha), Shivarajkumar, Sudeep, Riteish Deshmukh, Suniel Shetty, Dino Morea and Sohail Khan.

Kheny enjoys the action

Despite the stiff opposition (and a protest against him earlier on), Ashok Kheny, Managing Director of the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise Ltd. (NICE), who also owns the Karnataka team, was seen enjoying the match.

He even took a tour of the stadium in a small cart.

Stars such as Shriya Saran, Priyamani and Madhuri Bhattacharya upped the glamour quotient. Apart from the pretty ladies, there were celebrities such as Ravichandran, Ambareesh and cricketer Sreesanth lending their support. The inaugural ceremony saw a large number of folk artistes presenting the various dance forms of the State. The tournament final will be held on June 12 in Hyderabad.

Disruption

Apart from the brief disruption caused by the rain, the CCL was marred by another controversy even before it began. A few members of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) barged into the venue claiming that they had not been given tickets to the matches.

“They have sent 5,000 tickets to Mumbai, but could not spare any for us,” said one protester. Before the situation got out of hand, they were taken away from the media glare by office-bearers of the stadium.

When contacted, KFCC president Basant Kumar Patil denied any such incident, and said he was not aware of any member having a problem with the event.

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