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UAE to host Masters Champions League

DUBAI, June 3, 2015

Masters Champions League (MCL), a first-of-its-kind cricketing event based on the T20 format, will be played in the UAE for the next 10 years, said former Australian cricketer Dean Jones.

Organised by GM Sports and Jones’ company Major Events, the upcoming Masters Champions League will bring together some the greatest iconic names in the game.

The MCL is likely to involve veterans of cricket, in some capacity a number of high-profile former international cricketers from around the world, a statement said.

The MCL will feature a franchise format. 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 have been former international cricketers who are now retired from all forms of the professional sport.

The MCL has been approved for a 10 year period by the Emirates Cricket Board, while the organizer and rights owner of the tournament, GM Sports, is also closely following the established guidelines set out by game’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The inaugural MCL matches are due to take place over two weeks in February, 2016

They will be played in the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Stadium, which have all previously hosted major cricket tournaments, including the IPL, as well as first class and international Test matches. – TradeArabia News Service




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