Huge setback to MCL; Libra Legends’ captain Sourav Ganguly pulls out of the league

The inaugural edition of the Masters Champions League (MCL), that goes underway from Thursday, January 28, got a huge setback even before the first ball being bowled when former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly pulled out of the league after sustaining a back injury during a practice session.

Ganguly, who was to lead the Libra Legends team in the Twenty20 (T20) tournament that features retired greats of the game, decided to pull out of the inaugural edition on the doctor’s advice as he had sustained a back spasm during a practice match a few days ago.

According to a report in ‘Gulf News’, the 42-year-old left-hander had hurt his back while turning for a single (during practice) and doctors have advised him rest for at least two weeks and then review the condition. This must be disappointing for ‘Dada’, as he had been practicing all this while despite his hectic schedule just to be match fit for the MCL.

Ganguly, however, is likely to be present at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium to cheer his teammates from the dugout, according to the report. Speculation about the unavailability of Ganguly gathered steam when he missed the official captains’ press conference at Dubai on Tuesday, which was attended by his team-mate Brad Hogg on his behalf. The report also stated that South African great Jacques Kallis will lead the team in Ganguly’s absence.