Hubballi, Sep 17: All roads led to Hubballi on Saturday, as The Karnataka State Cricket Association held a grand opening ceremony to mark the commencement of KPL-5 at city's Rajnagar cricket stadium.
Adding to the excitement of T20 cricket was the razzmatazz that was on offer at the opening ceremony, adorned by a delightful amalgamation of entertainment and cultural extravaganza.
The ceremonial began with a mesmerizing performance by a shadows dance troupe, which was followed by Sinchan Dixit and Deva, performing the official KPL anthem.
To keep up with the spirit of the tournament, each franchise owner /team captain walked towards the centre stage with their respective anthem being played in the background and kids carrying the team flags.
Present at the event were Chief Guest Mr. Jagadish Shettar, former Karnataka Chief Minister, Mr. Vinay Kulkarni, District-In-Charge along with a host of other esteemed KSCA officials and dignitaries.
The inauguration saw Chief Guest being introduced to the captains of all eight KPL teams and the opening ceremony was brought to an end by signing of spirit of cricket by all the skippers.
The first leg of KPL season 5 will be played at Hubbali, after which the tournament will move to Mysuru, where the final will be played on October 2.