Cricket fans in Dubai are in for treat when the Masters Cricket League (MCL) culminates in the city next week.
Graced by some of the all-time legends of the game, six teams have been battling it out in the fast-paced Twenty20 format. From February 11 to 13, the Dubai International Cricket Stadium will be hosting the semi-finals and final.
The brainchild of cricket enthusiast Zafar Shah, the MCL features six teams, all named after star signs. A glance at the team sheets will reveal familiar names such as former England captain Michael Vaughan, who is team director of the Capricorn Commanders, and Darren Gough with the Leo Lions.
The MCL has been granted an initial ten-year licence by the Emirates Cricket Board, meaning we’re set to see many more legends of the game grace stadiums around the country.
Dhs25 (general admission), Dhs50 (international seating), Dhs150 (premium), Dhs300 (platinum). Feb 11-13, 7.30pm. Dubai International Cricket Stadium, www.mcl2020.com (no number).
Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka
“Sanga”, as he’s known, was the main man in Sri Lankan cricket for close to 15 years. After playing almost 500 international games for his country, the batsman with an elegant style of play bowed out in a Test match against India in Colombo in 2015.
Brian Lara, West Indies
Hailing from Trinidad, Lara is considered to be one of the greatest players to ever lift a bat. At 20 he was the youngest player to captain Trinidad and Tobago, and he holds the record for being the world’s first cricketer to score over 500 runs in first-class cricket.
Graeme Swann, England
A former England Test international, Graeme Swann became the nation’s first off-spinner since Jim Laker to take ten wickets in a match when he achieved the feat in England’s victory in the first Test against Bangladesh in March 2010.
Michael Vaughan, England
The retired right-handed batsman played for Yorkshire and England, and in September 2005 he secured his place in English sporting history by becoming the first captain to win an Ashes series since Mike Gatting in 1986-87.