Former India opener Virender Sehwag will miss the initial matches of the Legends League Cricket due to personal reasons, and Mohammed Kaif will lead the Indian Maharajas in the inaugural edition of the T20 tournament starting in Muscat from January 20.
The Indian team will take on the Asian Lions led by Misbah-ul-Haq.
The third team of the league is World Giants which will be captained by Darren Sammy. “Sehwag has some personal issues so could not come for the opening match. He may join later, I will lead the Indian side in the first two matches,” Kaif said on the eve of the tournament.
“I have captained in a lot of matches including at the domestic level. I’ve also been a coach, mentor and do commentary now in my involvement with the game for many years. So it will be a lot of fun. Looking forward to it,” he added.
Each team will take on other opponents twice in the tournament.
Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, Subramaiam Badrinath, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Naman Ojha, Manpreet Gony, Hemang Badani, Venugopal Rao, Munaf Patel, Sanjay Bangar, Nayan Mongia, and Amit Bhandari are the other members of the Indian Maharajas.
The team skippered by Misbah has Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan among others.