The tournament will see a return of several retired players. The first season of LLC is scheduled to be held in January in the UAE.
“It feels great to remain connected with cricket in the thick of action, especially with the Legends of the game who have been champions in their own rights,” Ravi Shastri was quoted in a release by organisers.
“It is going to be a lot of fun with some serious cricket going. These stalwarts have nothing new to prove but they have their reputation in line and I can assure you, it will be interesting to see how they do justice to it.
“I am extremely thrilled to be a part of Legends League Cricket. This is a unique initiative and we see a very bright future ahead,” the 59-year-old added.
Ravi Shastri’s tenure as India’s head coach came to an end last week with Virat Kohli’s side suffering a group-stage exit at the T20 World Cup.
LLC tournament to be played in 3 teams
Several former international stars, including those from India, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, and England, are reported to have agreed to play in the LLC. They are likely to be divided into three teams representing India, Asia and the Rest of the World.
Raman Raheja, co-founder and CEO of the LLC, said, “He (Ravi Shastri) has been a true legend of Indian and world cricket, bringing glory to India for years.
“We perhaps couldn’t have a better person to lead our cricket affairs and guide the League in the right direction. We look forward to the exciting days ahead.”
Andrew Leipus, an Australian physiotherapist who was associated with the Indian team and also the NCA, has already joined as the Director (Sports Science) to oversee the fitness of all the players in the tournament.