Masters Champions League began from January 28 and consists of 6 teams ©Getty Images (Representation Images)
Masters Champions League began from January 28 and consists of 6 teams ©Getty Images (Representation Images)

The inaugural season of the Masters Champions League (MCL) 2016 is finally underway, with the opening ceremony and the first match between Libra Legends and Gemini Arabians taking place on January 28. Apart from the Legends and the Arabians, the tournament features four other teams —Capricorn Commanders, Leo Lions, Virgo Super Kings and Sagittarius Strikers — all of which feature a mix of former and active cricketers, including a handful of legends. All the matches will take place in Dubai or Sharjah in the UAE, with the former hosting the semi-finals as well as the final, which will be hosted on February 13. Every win in the group stage of the tournament accounts for two points. READ: MCL 2016: Muttiah Muralitharan, Brad Hodge shine in Gemini Arabians’

Virender Sehwag has been picked as the leader of the Gemini Arabians, which features legendary former cricketers such as Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara and Saqlain Mushtaq. Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly was initally selected as the Libra Legends captain, until Ganguly backed out of the tournament due to back spasms and was replaced by legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis as the leader. READ: Gemini Arabians register 78-run win over Libra Legends in Match 1 of MCL 2016

Leo Lions, Sagittarius Strikers, Virgo Super Kings and Capricorn Commanders are led by former cricketers Brian Lara (West Indies), Adam Gilchrist (Australia), Graeme Smith (South Africa) and Paul Collingwood (England) respectively.

Gemini Arabians and Libra Legends faced off in the opening fixture of the tournament, with the Arabians riding on brilliant individual performances from Sangakkara (82), Richard Levi (62) to finish on a majestic 234 for 3, ultimately recording a 78-run victory.

POINTS TABLE:

Teams Played Won Lost Points
Gemini Arabians 5 5 0 10
Leo Lions
5 3 2 6
Virgo Super Kings
5 3 2 6
Sagittarius Strikers
5 2 3 4
Capricorn Commanders
5 2 3 4
Libra Legends 5 0 5 0

At the moment Sehwag’s team, Gemini Arabians are leading and playing extremely well. Following the lead are Leo Lions who were initially below Sagittarius Strikers followed by Virgo Super Kings , Sagittarius Strikers falling two points down and lacking behind are Capricorn Commanders and Libra Legends.