IPL's buzz in SA: Cheaper tickets, unlimited fun
Posted on: 01:28 PM IST Apr 04, 2009
New Delhi : The cheerleaders will be there as will the best players in the world and all the entertainment of a glitzy T20 carnival.
"We will be playing flavour of India and carnival of India all across the tournament," says IPL Chief Lalit Modi.
The tournament may have moved out of India but there will be no shortage of crowds flocking to see the games the double header to kick off the IPL in Cape Town has already been sold out.
IPL bosses have smartly priced tickets at very affordable rates. The lowest ticket is available at just about 70 Indian rupees and the most expensive ticket will set you back by just a shade over 1000 rupees.
"We have taken IPL sto South Africa to ensure that we deliver once in a lifetime experience to the South African fans. Not only the game of cricket will be interesting, but also the bollywood, the entertainment and the local performances that go along with it," says Sundar Raman
And in a bid to maximize commercial time on television, it has been agreed that there will be a 5 minute break after every ten overs allowing the broadcaster to fit in more advertising.
The break may upset the momentum of a game but teams concede that this format needs to consider the demands of Indian television audiences.
"Obviously this is a great event for the Indian crowd. Not only Indians in South Africa but also across the globe," says TV co-ordinator, John Buchanan
So whether you are watching at home or at the stadium it promises to be quite an African safari.