In a major development in world of cricket, we could see some of the retired international stars back in action once again very soon. A T20 tournament, which will be called as 'Legend Cricket League', is expected to take place in UAE next year in the month of March. Although the organizers of the event haven't really given much details about it, they have given a brief idea with regards to the format of the tournament.
“The League would be played twice every year. In the first season, the league would be played in Tri-series format, with Indian team, Asian Team and a Rest of the World Team playing against each other. This would mean six league stage matches before the final match," they stated in a press release. This would mean that the three teams will face each other twice in the league stages, before the top two clash in the grand finale. The tournament is not expected to be a one-off as it is being planned to take place twice every year.
Brainstorming sessions gave us huge excitement: Vivek Khushalani
Vivek Khushalani, co-founder and promoter of the event, explained the reasoning behind the concept of the tournament. He said that watching legendary cricketers on the field once again would be a dream come true for so many fans across the globe.
Reflecting on the same, he said, "The brainstorming sessions gave us huge excitement, the thought of seeing Legends playing for team India once again gave a different high. As sports enthusiasts, we have spent our lives watching them play and win matches for India and with LLC, billions of fans can relive those dreams,” Khushalani stated."
Which ex-players could play in Legends Cricket League?
The organizers of the event have not given any details about any players which could feature in the tournament. However, they did claim that some top former international cricketers from India, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia and England are in the list.
Some of the ex-cricketers who have played in the Road Safety World Series like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Sanath Jayasuriya, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Brian Lara, Jonty Rhodes, Kevin Pietersen, Makhaya Ntini, Monty Panesar etc. could be among the few big names who could feature in the tournament.
However, it must be noted that the above mentioned list is just an assumption and we will need to wait for the final official list of players released by the organizers once all the vital details around the tournament get finalized.