MS Dhoni was recently announced as the brand ambassador for MCL © Getty Images
MS Dhoni was recently announced as the brand ambassador for MCL © Getty Images

Dubai: India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today launched the ticket sales for the inaugural edition of Masters Champions League (MCL), as the brand ambassador of the tournament, with a special video message. Dhoni had recently also been named the brand ambassador for MCL’s holding company, Grand Midwest Group, for a period of three years. The MCL is scheduled to start on January 28 with the first match between two of Dhoni’s former teammates, Sourav Ganguly’s Libra Legends and Virender Sehwag’s Gemini Arabians at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium (DICS). The final will also be staged at the DICS on February 13. ALSO READ: Masters Champions League cricket tournament’s ticket prices starting from USD 7

MCL CEO Zarah Shah said: “Mahi is not just an Xtraordinary cricketer but also an Xtraordinary fan, who is keen to see some of cricket’s greatest players in action. There is no better endorsement than to have one of the most successful captains like MS being associated with us.” In the video, Dhoni said: “Today I am in front of you not as a cricketer, but as a cricket fan. I have come here to tell you that our favourite cricketers are coming back to play on the field. Every fan will say one thing for sure…we want sixer.”

Earlier, it was announced that  former teammates Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly will face-off against each other in the opening match of Masters Champions League (MCL) cricket tournament scheduled to start here on January 28.  MCL today announced the schedule for the tournament with the grand finale scheduled to be held on February 13 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium (DICS). ALSO READ: Adam Gilchrist, Jacques Kallis draw top price at MCL Players’ Auction

The tournament is set to be played in Dubai and also at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. The opening match will feature Libra Legends and Gemini Arabians, with the likes of Ganguly, Graeme Swann and Jacques Kallis taking on Sehwag, Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Full schedule:

January 28: Libra Legends vs Gemini Arabians in Dubai.

January 29: Capricorn Commanders vs Leo Lions; Virgo Super Kings vs Sagittarius Strikers in Dubai.

January 30: Arabians vs Lions;Strikers vs Commanders in Dubai.

February 3: Legends vs Super Kings; Arabians vs Commanders in Sharjah.

February 4: Legends vs Strikers; Lions vs Super Kings in Sharjah.

February 5: Strikers vs Arabians; Legends vs Commanders in Sharjah.

February 6: Arabians vs Super Kings; Lions vs Strikers in Sharjah.

February 7: Super Kings vs Commanders; Legends vs Lions in Sharjah.

Semi-final 1: February 11 in Dubai.

Semi-final 2: February 12 in Dubai.

Final: February 13 in Dubai.

MS Dhoni video message: