Masters Champions League - UAE - 2016
The schedule for the Masters Champions League(MCL), a T20 tournament featuring retired international cricketers has been announced, and in the series opener it would be the the Gemini Arabians featuring Virender Sehwag, taking on the Libra Legends which has Sehwag’s former captain Sourav Ganguly.
The League would be played between January 28 to February 13 in the UAE, with matches being held in Sharjah and Dubai. A total of 6 teams with 15-member squads would participating with star-studded line-ups including Jacques Kallis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist, Daniel Vettori, Brett Lee and Brian Lara amongst others.
The MCL has acquired a 10-year approval from the Emirates Cricket Board, which is the official governing body for the sport in the Arab nation. 18 matches will be played throughout the tournament including the semi-finals and the final.
The tournament would proceed in a round-robin manner, with each team playing the other once. The top four teams would be proceeding to the semi-finals to be held in Dubai on February 11 and 12, while the final is scheduled for February 13 also in Dubai.
Teams: There are 6 teams that take part in the Masters Champions League and the teams are named after zodiac signs, such as Libra, Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo, Capricorn, Leo.
1> Libra Legends: Jacques Kallis, Brad Hogg, Sourav Ganguly, Graeme Swann, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Ajay Ratra, Chris Read, Sean Ervine, Shaun Tait, Ryan Sidebottom, Taufeeq Umar, Michael Lumb, Marcus North
2> Gemini Arabians: Muttiah Muralitharan, Kyle Mills, Saqlain Mushtaq, Virender Sehwag, Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Rudolph, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Justin Kemp, Paul Harris,Brad Hodge, Richard Levi, Ashish Bagai, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Saqib Ali
3> Sagittarius Soldiers: Adam Gilchrist, Shane Bond,Mahela Jayawardene, Daniel Vettori, Khurram Khan, Phil Mustard,Tino Best, Nathan Hauritz, Alviro Petersen, Michael Carberry
4> Virgo Super Kings: Brett Lee, Jonty Rhodes, Neil McKenzie, Graeme Smith, Azhar Mahmood, John Mooney, Dirk Nannes, Owais Shah, James Foster, Murali Kartik, Malinga Bandara, Gareth Batty, Hasan Raza
5> Capricorn Commanders: Paul Collingwood, Andrew Symonds, Chamara Silva, Ashwell Prince, Upul Chandana, Michael Vaughan, Abdul Razzaq, Ryan McLaren, Jeetan Patel, Rikki Clarke, Rory Kleinveldt, Krishmar Santokie, Ben Laughlin, Rizwan Cheema
6> Leo Lions:Brian Lara, Herschelle Gibbs, Brendan Taylor, James Franklin, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Fidel Edwards, Scott Styris, Heath Streak, Mohammad Tauqir, Neil Carter, Hamish Marshall, Kyle Jarvis, Ramesh Powar
Here is the complete schedule: