The Indian Premier League is as much about the cricketers on the field as it is about the maverick officials off it. Here's a look at some of the men stole the limelight during a private dinner party ahead of the first match in Abu Dhabi.
BCCI interim chief Sunil Gavaskar is seen here with Mumbai Indian' icon Sachin Tendulkar. (Image courtesy BCCI)
Gavaskar, who replaced N Srinivasan as the interim chief of BCCI for the duration of IPL 2014, is seen here with a local UAE official. (Image courtesy BCCI)
Despite the presence of top cricketers and Bollywood actors, all eyes were on Tendulkar.
The legendary batsman featured for defending champions Mumbai Indians till last year and is now an icon for the team. (Image courtesy BCCI)
He is seen here with team owner Nita Ambani.
Mrs Ambani would be relieved that Sachin is still associated with the team and the former player was even seen monitoring the training session of the side recently. (Image courtesy BCCI)
The Indian Premier League has no shortage when it comes to experience with several former cricketers - Gundappa Viswanath is seen here - helping the teams.
Their presence at the private gathering was a positive sign and going forward, players would look to impress them as much as they would fight to bring cheer to their fans. (Image courtesy BCCI)
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