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The MCL 2016 tournament begins on January 28 © Getty Images (Representation photo)

Dubai: The Adam Gilchrist-led Sagittarius Strikers franchise has unveiled the team jersey and logo for Masters Champions League (MCL) starting on Thursday.  The Danube Group-owned team had appointed the former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman as its leader, while giving the deputy’s job to New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori. The unveiling ceremony was attended by group owner Anis Sajan and Vettori. Strikers will play their first match on January 29. Other members of the team include Shane Bond, Tino Best, Mahela Jayawardena, Khurram Khan, Phil Mustard, Nathan Hauritz, Alviro Peterson, Michael Carberry, Krishmar Santokie, Jonathan Trott, Yasir Hameed, Mushtaq Ahmed and Gavin Hamilton. READ: Graeme Smith says MCL ideal platform for international comeback

The MCL, which will feature a total of six teams playing in the Twenty20 format, has already got the approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC). The MCL, which has only retired international players on board, has received a 10-year approval from the Emirates Cricket Board.

Meanwhile, in a press release, the tournament organisers informed that the match officials for the inaugural edition, to be held from 28 January to 13 February, have been announced. Roshan Mahanama, formerly of the Elite Panel of the ICC Match Referees, who recently stepped down from his position, will be the match referee for the tournament. Mahanama, a former Sri Lanka ODI captain, did the role with the ICC for 12 years from 2004 to 2015. He officiated in 61 Tests, 222 ODIs and 35 Twenty20 Internationals.

The on-field umpires will be headed by former member of Elite Panel of ICC Umpires Steve Davis, who retired from his international duties in 2015. Davis has umpired 57 Tests, 137 ODIs and 26 Twenty20 Internationals.

The other match officials are from England-Billy Taylor, Graham Lloyd, Peter Hartley and Jeremy Lloyds. Of the quartet, Lloyds has also officiated in five Tests, 18 ODIs and one Twenty20 Internationals, while Hartley has previously umpired six ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals. Graham Lloyd is a former England cricketer who had played six ODIs and is the son of former England player and broadcaster, David Lloyd.