Mumbai, Nov 30 (IANS) Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly will be playing for the Libra Legends franchise in the Masters Champions League (MCL), the first of its kind tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), aimed at giving retired cricketers a chance to take the field again.
The MCL, which will feature a total of six teams playing in the Twenty20 format, has already got the approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
This first edition is slated to start on January 28 next year, and will go on till February 14. The six teams will accommodate a total of 90 players (15 members per squad) which will entirely be held in different stadia across the UAE.
Confirming Ganguly’s inclusion in the team at the launch of first franchise of the league here, Libra Legends’ co-owner Pooja Jhunjhunwala promised to gift the fans quality entertainment.
“We are happy to announce Sourav Ganguly as a member of our team. We are privileged to have such a player like him in our side. We wish to give quality entertainment to the fans through this league,” the Libra Legends co-owner said here on Monday.
The league will feature only retired international players. Brain Lara, Adam Gilchrist, Wasim Akram, Virender Sehwag, and Jacques Kallis have been signed up as ‘icons’ so far.
The matches will be held across the UAE in Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Stadium — destinations which have previously hosted cricket tournaments including the Indian Premier League, as well as One-Day Internationals, T20 and several Test matches.