Pen has been put to paper regarding the intense rivalry between the Masters Champions League and the Pakistan Super League. However, MCL chairmain Zafar Shah put all rumours to rest by inviting the Pakistan Media Manager Agha Akbar and the Pakistani team, to a gala dinner celebrating the ‘players extraordinaire’ of the tournament.
Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara and former South African captain Graeme Smith, were keen to underline that they will be taking this tournament seriously and are restoring their fitness levels. Former Pakistani all-rounder Azhar Mahmood is currently the most experienced T20 player on the circuit and when asked if he intended to score the most runs, his answer was an emphatic ‘Yes.’
The surprise guest of the evening was Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt’s wife Manyata, who told ARY News that she is interested in the bidding process for a team. Rhiti Sport’s Arun Pandey emphatically denied rumours linking his star client MS Dhoni to his bid.
With a galaxy of stars, including India’s former star batsman Virender Sehwag, Pakistan’s Test captain Misbah ul Haq, Mohammed Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq present, it was ace bowler WahabRiaz who stole the limelight.
The legendary Brian Lara was delighted to know that his favourite bowler was in the house and asked ARY News for an introduction. Wahab’s modesty bowled him over and the scene was set for a respectful chat amidst lots of glorious handshakes. (For Pakistani fans, this is indeed a proud moment, when a cricketer of Brian Lara’s stature, foresees immense success for a young talent).
Bollywood hero Salman Khan’s brother, Sohail Khan, said that tournaments in the UAE tend to be successful because of the large Asian diaspora, whilst music masters Sajid-Wajid have composed the MCL anthem.
Judging by all these latest developments, the tournament is going full steam ahead.