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The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 cricketing extravaganza is set to kick off on Tuesday night with a gala dinner to be hosted in Abu Dhabi, not a grand opening ceremony as it was in the past.
Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit are among those confirmed to attend this year, while Deepika Padukone may or may not attend the curtain raising event .
The opening match will kick off on Wednesday, April 16, the opening match between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and 2012 champions Kolkata Knight Riders will take place at 8 pm IST. In all, 76 matches will be played between 8 teams at the sporting extravaganza.
“The opening ceremony has been dropped and on April 15 we will have a gala dinner,” BCCI official Ratnakar Shetty was quoted as saying by Emirates24/7. Even SRK aides said to have confirmed that the actor is busy with his upcoming film “Hapy New Year”.