Katy Perry set to open IPL 2012

Pop sensation Katy Perry is to perform at the opening of the Indian Premier League 2012, organisers said Tuesday, in a return to the country where she sealed her ill-fated marriage to comic Russell Brand.

Perry is among a host of celebrities who will take the stage in southern Chennai on April 3, a day before the money-spinning cricket league gets under way, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said.

The BCCI, which owns and organises the annual tournament, promised an "unforgettable" start to the fifth edition of the league, with Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and leading actress Priyanka Chopra also set to appear.

Bollywood diva Kareena Kapoor is also set to enthrall audiences at the opening ceremony at the YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam.

Superstar Salman Khan will also be performing during at opening ceremony.

IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla, speaking about the opening nite, said: "With four highly successful seasons behind us, we hope to raise the standards of the competition even higher, as we look forward to celebrating DLF IPL 2012 with much fanfare, starting with Opening Nite."

"We want to thank all the supporters for their continued support as they have made the league what it is today. We are proud to boast a lineup of big names to kick start the 2012 Season in style, as fans both local and abroad get ready to cheer for their teams who will be playing at 12 venues across the country," he said.

Shukla also spoke about Katy Perry. "The verve and originality of her (Perry's) music matches that of the competition and we look forward to an inspired performance from her," Shukla said.

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