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It is that time of the year when cricket weds entertainment as the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) starts 3rd April 2013.
While a colourful opening ceremony at the 120,000-seater Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata formally opens the tournament tonight, the action will start tomorrow when defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) take on DelhiDaredevils at the Eden Gardens.
Like other editions, this time also the IPL starts with its share of controversy after the Tamil Nadu government allowed to have matches in Chennai only without Sri Lankan players or officials.
The IPL franchises, with a heavy presence of Sri Lankan players, are upset with the IPL Governing Council's decision and feel that Chennai is no longer a level playing field.
While Chennai Super Kings, which is owned by Board president N.Srinivasan's company India Cements, remains unaffected with the diktat from the state government other franchises have suffered a serious set-back.
They still have their reservations about playing their league matches in Chennai and want their play-off and knockout matches out of the city.
Thirteen Sri Lankans will be seen in action in the IPL this season. Three franchises are being led by Sri Lankans - Sunrisers Hyderabad by Kumar Sangakkara, Delhi Daredevils by Mahela Jayawardena and Pune Warriors by Angelo Matthews.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will also be hard hit as it has two key players - the world's highest wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan and dashing all-rounder Tilakaratne Dilshan. Mumbai Indians will be affected as it has Lasith Malinga.
But controversies apart, like the last five editions this time also IPL will be all about nerve wracking finishes.
A host of international stars will be looking forward to make an impact in the cash-rich tournament. For some domestic cricketers, it will be a chance to get the attention of the national selectors and for some pros it will be a opportunity to get back into national reckoning.
This time teams have been clever in their spending policy and most of the teams look balanced. But Mumbai Indians may be the team to beat this season. They have the two biggest names in world cricket - Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar. While Ponting remains in a red hot form in domestic cricket despite retiring from international cricket, Tendulkar will be eager to get back to form.
Royal Challengers also enter the 2013 edition as overwhelming favourites but will be looking to avoid their over reliance on overseas heavyweights like Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers.
Though they have some of the best stars in international cricket, one cannot rule out the importance of their captain Virat Kohli, pacer Zaheer Khan and the immensely talented batsman Mayank Aggarwal.
Even Rajasthan Royals, winners of the inaugural edition, look a great side. Though they have not been able to match their performance in first edition, they can always spring a surprise.
Last season, they ended up losing more matches than they won. This time also they have a good line-up. With the purchase of Aussie James Faulkner, Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera and West Indian Fidel Edwards, the Jaipur-based team can look forward to test the best sides in the tourney.