DUBAI: Cricketing legends Wasim Akram, Brian Lara, Adam Gilchrist were seen playing cricket at a beach in Dubai.
The three legends played beach cricket as part of the launching campaign for the upcoming Masters Champions League (MCL).
However, unlike the IPL or Big Bash, teams will not be based on geographic location, and instead will simply include the best possible players a franchise owner can put together from the qualifying player base.
The tournament will be made up of six teams in its first year, with a total of 90 players taking part – 15 members per squad. The players must all be retired from international cricket.
The tournament has been approved for an initial 10 year period by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), while the organizer and rights owner of the tournament, GM Sports, is also following the guidelines set out by International Cricket Council (ICC).
The inaugural MCL matches are set to be played in early February, 2016 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The tournament was launched at Dubai earlier this week. West Indian cricketing legend Brian Lara, Australian icon Adam Gilchrist, and retired Pakistani fast bowling great Wasim Akram were present on the occasion.
South Africa’s Jacques Kallis has also announced his confirmation for the tournament while former England captain Graham Gooch and past Australian captain Allan Border, both members of the MCL governing council, were also present.