“Extraordinary fan” Dhoni launches MCL ticket sales

India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today launched the ticket sales for the inaugural edition of the Masters Champions League (MCL), as the brand ambassador of the tournament, with a special video message.

M.S. Dhoni has been named the brand ambassador of the Masters Champions League T20 tournament.   -  K MURALI KUMAR

India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today launched the ticket sales for the inaugural edition of the 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.

MCL CEO Zarah Shah said: “Mahi is not just an extraordinary cricketer but also an extraordinary 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.”