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Bollywood stars as icing on IPL cake get S Africans excited
Johannesburg: Cricket fans here are not the only ones excited because the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament will be played in South Africa this year. Fans of Bollywood and Tamil film stars are thrilled too, as they know their idols will descend across the country with one team or the other.

Following the announcement here on Tuesday by BCCI Commissioner Lalit Modi that the IPL T20 tournament would be hosted in South Africa from April 18, there was as much excitement among Bollywood fans as there was among cricket enthusiasts.

The tournament was moved from India due to shortage of security personnel during the general elections there. The IPL and the poll schedules clashed.

"The IPL combines the two greatest passions of every Indian - cricket and Bollywood - in a unique way as the world's top players participate, and now we have the opportunity of seeing them both in one go," ardent cricket fan and Bollywood lover Vimla Naidoo told IANS at the Montecasino cinema here as news broke of South Africa becoming the IPL host country.

"I hope they take some time out to meet us as well, and not just celebrate or mourn the success or demise of their teams," added Mohan Laljeeth, an Indian expatriate IT technician from Bangalore, as his wife Kamini commented that he could have all the cricket he wanted, as long as she and their two kids got to watch Shah Rukh Khan.
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