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MCL History
The first Twenty20 International match was played in 2005, when Australia took on New Zealand. This format of cricket became instantly popular across the world with the first ICC World Twenty20 championship played only 2 years later.
The T20 format is regarded as the shorter, more intense and exciting alternative to the traditional one-day and test formats that consume more time.
Zafar Shah, a cricket enthusiast and a visionary entrepreneur, realized that the Twenty20 format was yet to unleash its full potential. He was keen to instil more energy into the format. He realized that many of the top cricket legends had left international cricket prior to the launch of the Twenty20. As such, they weren't able to make any serious contribution to this format of cricket.
MCL Objectives
The Masters Champions League (MCL) is established with the objective of bringing together the real legends of modern-day cricket to participate in an action-packed Twenty20 tournament that is unlike anything seen before.
mcl features
  • Many cricketing superstars from all of the world’s cricket playing nations will be participating in this tournament together and in the same teams for the first time ever
  • One more chance for millions of cricket fans to see their favourite heroes in action
  • Fully approved by the Emirates Cricket Board
  • Endorsed by the Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA)
The venues
  • The MCL tournament will take place in the three international cricket stadiums of the United Arab Emirates, which is an ardent promoter of the sport. The UAE is also home to a vibrant population hailing from all corners of the globe. It hosts hundreds of thousands of cricket enthusiasts, many of whom are diehard fans of the legends brought together by MCL.

Sharjah Cricket
Association Stadium, Sharjah

Dubai International
Cricket Stadium, Dubai

tournament format

The Masters Champions League will be played in T20 format.
6 teams of ex-international cricket players will compete in an action-packed series within the United Arab Emirates.

Highlights
  • Premiere Season: In the inaugural season of the MCL, as many as 6 franchised teams will make their debut
  • Teams: The teams will constitute the top cricket legends and all-time stars who no longer play international cricket
  • League Table: The teams will compete using a round robin format
  • Points-based System: Each team will play each other once
  • Semi-finals: The four teams with the highest points after playing 5 games each will qualify for the semi-finals
  • Final: The winners of the semi-finals will proceed to play the prestigious grand finale of the MCL
  • MCL Champions: The winning team will carry home an MCL Trophy and handsome prize money
  • Festival with Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Gala Dinner: The entire event will be celebrated as a new festival in the region with an opening and closing ceremony plus gala dinner
  • Fund-raising / Charity: A portion of revenue from the tournament will be used to make charitable donations to qualifying ex-cricketers. Fundraising activities will be held with the objective of supporting local talent and generating hardship funds
Chairman’s message

Cricket has covered a long journey, infusing with cultures and societies across many continents, and evolving over time in ways unknown to any other sport. What was once regarded as a pursuit of the nobles is now seen opening its arms to all and sundry. But the evolution doesn't end there.

There are so many fascinating spheres to cricket that the more time we spend studying and understanding its dynamics, the more involved we get with the game. Perhaps, it wouldn't be wrong to say that few other sports, if any, have seen the kind of changes realized in the world of cricket.

president’s message

It is a matter of great pride and privilege to host the prestigious Masters Champions League (MCL 2020). The UAE is committed to its objective of promoting healthy sports activities in the region, and this tournament goes a long way toward achieving this objective.

2015 is seen as the year of innovation for UAE. The MCL tournament is an effort to realize this objective in the world of cricket. MCL is meant to bring out the best in cricket. It acts as a bridge, unifying the top cricket stars across the world in a league never envisioned before in the history of cricket.

governing body

Allan BorderFormer Australian Cricketer

Graham GoochFormer England Cricketer

Zafar ShahChairman

Abdul Rahman FalaknazPresident

Zarah ShahCEO

Amin FarooqJoint Secretary

Sam KhanDirector

Ghazi Al MadaniMember

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