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The United Arab Emirates will host the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL), which is a franchise Twenty20 tournament for retired cricketers, in February 2016.
The tournament will consist of six teams and each franchise will be allowed to sign 15 players, all of whom must have played international cricket and retired from all forms of the game.
The MCL, which has received a 10-year approval from the Emirates Cricket Board, is scheduled to last approximately two weeks and will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
“Our ultimate vision is for the MCL to become the natural next step for all international players retiring from the professional game to extend their careers in a masters league,” MCL chairman Zafar Shah said.
Brian Lara, Wasim Akram, Adam Gilchrist, Ramiz Raja and Danny Morrison were all present at the official launch of the tournament.