With 34 matches taking place at UAE’s three world-class venues—Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah—it is anticipated that the next 30 days will be a fantastic one. However, the inaugural DP World International League T20 (ILT20) had a spectacular opening unlike any other before the tournament began on the magnificent “Ring of Fire.”
Naturally, Shah Rukh Khan, the undisputed king of Bollywood, was the center of attention. However, there was no denying that phenomenal performances were delivered by superstar Indian rapper Badshah, global megastar Jason Derulo, and energetic West Indian ace Dwayne Bravo, aka “DJ” Bravo.
Advertisement In addition to the impressive fireworks, these stars’ well-known songs lit up the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Shah Rukh Khan, a superstar in Bollywood, at the opening ceremony. — Rahul Gajjar Shah Rukh Khan, a star of Bollywood, at the opening ceremony. — Rahul Gajjar After Khan, officials from the Emirates Cricket Board, the captains of the six franchises (Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, Desert Vipers, Dubai Capitals, Gulf Giants, MI Emirates, and the Sharjah Warriors), and Khan made a brief foray onto the stage for a photo with the trophy, Derulo took center stage.
Advertisement Derulo, a US-based chart-topping singer and songwriter, performed megahits like “Swalla,” “Take You Dancing,” and “In My Head” while six enthusiastic dancers lit up the iconic stadium.
The fun did not end there either. On the eve of the tournament, DJ Bravo had promised a “Champion performance,” and he delivered by belting out the well-known songs Champion and Run D World.
With the assistance of a stunning troupe of forty dancers, Badshah then closed the ceremony with his most well-known hit songs, such as Voodoo, Players, Jugnu, Mercy, and Kala Chashma.
In addition, Badshah, 37, performed his own production of the tournament’s official anthem, “Halla Halla.”
Advertisement After that, Khan appeared on stage and addressed the stadium’s packed crowd. He encouraged the fans to enjoy the game of cricket and expressed his hope that the tournament would bring out more international UAE cricketers.