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Indian Premier League brings cricket to world

Updated: March 12, 2010, 4:50 PM ET
By Amar Shah

Akon must be a cricket fan.

Perhaps the inspiration for his 2006 hit "Smack That" comes from his affection for smacking a sixer (cricket's version of a home run); after all, the Grammy-nominated R&B star is in Mumbai, India, this week to help usher in the third season of the Indian Premier League.

The six-week cricket tournament, which began Friday, is equal parts Super Bowl, World Cup and March Madness, all tossed on a thali of hype and hoopla.

Akon ...

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