Kolkata: After upsetting the practice session, rain and thunderstorm could play spoilsport at the opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, slated to be held at the Salt Lake stadium here today, according to the Met Office forecast.
Tomorrow's IPL opener between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens here also looks threatened with heavy showers predicted on the day. Regional Meteorological Centre director G.C. Debnath said apart from the showers, there is a high chance of a thunderstorm striking Kolkata and the surrounding 50 km area today afternoon.
The two-hour gala featuring Bollywood stars Farhan Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Pritam and Hrithik Roshan is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm "There is a high possibility of rain and thunderstorm around Kolkata and surrounding 50 km area on Tuesday especially in the afternoon and evening. It is difficult to say if it will affect Salt Lake but chances are high," Debnath said.
Debnath said there were chances of heavy rain tomorrow afternoon. On Sunday, a thunderstorm affected Kolkata Knight Riders' practice at the Eden Gardens which turned soggy. The Knight Riders had to be content with a workout at the Pankaj Gupta indoor stadium located within the Eden Gardens premises.