Ravi Shastri, who completed his tenure as Head Coach of Team India earlier this week, will now join Legends League Cricket as Commissioner. The first edition of Legends League Cricket, a professional league for retired cricketers, is scheduled for January next year in the Gulf.
Ravi Shastri, who coached the Indian team for four years, left the team after the 2021 T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, Legends League Cricket (LLC), a professional league for retired cricketers, has appointed Shastri as Commissioner for next edition of the tournament. The inaugural edition of the LLC is scheduled for January 2022 in the Gulf.
Reflecting on his new role, Ravi Shastri said it’s nice to stay in touch with cricket, especially the legends of the game. He also defined Legends League Cricket as a “unique initiative”.
“It’s great to stay in touch with cricket in the thick of the action, especially the legends of the game who have been champions in their own right,” Shastri said in a statement released by the event organizers on Monday.
“It will be a lot of fun with some serious cricket game. These supporters have nothing new to prove but they have their reputation online and I can assure you it will be interesting to see how they do it justice.
“I am extremely excited to be a part of Legends League Cricket. This is a unique initiative and we see a very bright future ahead,” added the 59-year-old.
The league will have former cricketers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, England and other cricket nations. There will be a total of three teams and the players will represent India, Asia and the rest of the world.
Raman Raheja, co-founder and CEO of the league, said Shastri is the right personality to serve as the tournament commissioner.
“He (Shastri) has been a true legend of Indian and world cricket, bringing glory to India for years,” said Raheja.
“Perhaps we couldn’t have a better person to lead our cricket business and lead the League in the right direction. We look forward to the exciting days to come.”
Australian physiotherapist Andrew Leipus, who was associated with Indian cricket team and also the National Cricket Academy, he was named Director of the league.