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London: Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan was named the player-cum-director of Masters Champions League (MCL) side Capricorn Commanders. Commanders is co-owned by Bollywood actor Sohail Khan and Parvez Khan, a prominent Dubai-based business tycoon. The six-side MCL Twenty20 cricket tournament for retired players will begin from January 28 in Dubai, according to a release. Commanders also boasts of two-time World Cup winner Andrew Symonds, Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, former England skipper Paul Collingwood, Sri Lanka’s Chamara Silva and South Africa’s Ashwell Prince and Rory Kleinveldt among others. ALSO READ: Nicky Boje to participate in Mumbai Marathon ahead of MCL

Vaughan will be joined by former England cricketer Usman Afzaal as assistant coach. ““Michael Vaughan and Usman Afzaal need no introduction in the world of cricket, and by having them play for our team, we hope to continue to share our passion for the sport.” Several former Indian cricketers, including Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag will also compete in the tournament.

Earlier, Former Pakistan star pacer Shoaib Akhtar  said he will not be participating in the Masters Champions League (MCL), the first of its kind tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), aimed at giving retired cricketers a chance to take the field again. The 40-year-old who featured in the Cricket All Stars Twenty20 tournament in the United States recently, wished MCL good luck and all the best. The MCL, which will feature a total of six teams playing in the Twenty20 format, has already got approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC). ALSO READ: Adam Gilchrist, Jacques Kallis draw top price at MCL Players’ Auction

This first edition is slated to start on January 28 next year, and will go on till February 14. The six teams will accommodate a total of 90 players (15 members per squad) which will entirely be held in different stadia across the UAE