Board of Control for Cricket in India interim president (IPL) Sunil Gavaskar has said that the board and the Indian Premier League governing council would leave no stone unturned to reclaim piety.

Speaking at the IPL gala dinner at the Emirates Palace on Tuesday, Gavaskar appealed to everyone to not paint all the players with the same brush. He promised to protect the integrity of the game during the tournament which is being held against the backdrop of serious allegations of betting and fixing.

Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone bowled over the guests with their collective charm. "What a wonderful city Abu Dhabi is. I need to thank them for hosting us and being so warm and gracious," said Khan. "I wish the players the very best and I can't wait to see them create magic on the field."

The gala dinner, which had UAE Minister of Culture, Youth And Community Development Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan in attendance, was a prelude to the cricket beginning on Wednesday. It was in contrast to the glitzy opening ceremonies that IPL has come to be known for.

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