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Bengal CM, Bollywood stars to attend IPL final

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Kolkata, May 23 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor K.N. Tripathi along with several Bollywood stars like Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma would grace the Indian Premier League (IPL) final at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also invited cricket officials from Australia, South Africa, England and Sri Lanka.

“We have invited both the chief minister and the governor for the event. Besides, a host of state ministers are also expected to grace the occasion,” a Cricket Association of Bengal official said.

The cast and crew of upcoming Bollywood movie “Dil Dhadakne Do” (DDD) would also be seen cheering as M.S. Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lock horns with Rohit Sharma skippered Mumbai Indians (MI) for the coveted trophy.

According to a spokesperson of the movie, the DDD team of Farhan Akhtar, Anil Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma and Shefali Shah along with filmmaker Zoya Akhtar and producer Ritesh Sidhwani would be attending the match.

While former International Cricket Council president Mustafa Kamal is in the city and may be present at the Eden, Cricket South Africa chief executive officer Haroon Lorgat, Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards and representatives from the Sri Lankan and England and Wales Cricket Board have also been invited for the cricket extravaganza.

Elaborate security arrangements will be in place for the final expected to be watched by a capacity crowd.

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