The cricketing extravaganza is set to unfold as the Legends League Cricket 2023 gears up to captivate fans from November 18 to December 9.
This second edition promises to deliver enthralling T20 action, featuring six teams vying for the coveted championship title. Let’s delve into the details of this cricketing spectacle that will unfold across four renowned venues in India.
Participating Teams and Format
Six teams – Bhilwara Kings, Gujarat Giants, India Capitals, Manipal Tigers, Southern Super Stars, and Urbanisers Hyderabad – will lock horns in a rigorous battle of skill and strategy. The Legends League Cricket 2023 is structured around a round-robin format, where each team will face every other side once during the league stage.
Legends League Cricket 2023 teams and squads
Bhilwara Kings: Irfan Pathan (captain), Lendl Simmons, Shane Watson, Solomon Mire, William Porterfield, Chris Barnwell, Iqbal Abdulla, Jesal Karia, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Yusuf Pathan, Pinal Shah (wicket-keeper), Anureet Singh, Dhammika Prasad, Prosper Utseya, Rahul Sharma, Ryan Sidebottom, Tim Murtagh
Gujarat Giants: Parthiv Patel (captain/wicketkeeper), Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Chris Gayle, Nathan Reardon, Richard Levi, Ahmed Raza, Chirag Khurana, Elton Chigumbura, Kevin O’Brien, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dishant Yagnik (wicket-keeper), Abhimanyu Mithun, Ben Laughlin, Dane Piedt, Liam Plunkett, Rayad Emrit, Sarabjit Ladda, Sreesanth, Sulieman Benn
India Capitals: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Bharat Chipli, Hashim Amla, Kevin Pietersen, Kirk Edwards, Ricardo Powell, Y Gnaneswara Rao, Yashpal Singh, Ben Dunk (wicket-keeper), Morne van Wyk (wicket-keeper), Ashley Nurse, Dilhara Fernando, Fidel Edwards, Ishwar Pandey, Kotarangada Appanna, Munaf Patel, Pravin Tambe, Rusty Theron
Manipal Tigers: Harbhajan Singh (captain), Amitoze Singh, David White, Hamilton Masakadza, Kyle Coetzer, Mohammad Kaif, Subramaniam Badrinath, Colin de Grandhomme, Corey Anderson, Thisara Perera, Chadwick Walton (wicket-keeper), Robin Uthappa (wicket-keeper), Imran Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Pankaj Singh, Parvinder Awana, Praveen Gupta, Praveen Kumar
Southern Super Stars: Aaron Finch (captain), Andre McCarthy, Cameron White, Rajesh Bishnoi, Rameez Khan, Ross Taylor, Tanmay Srivastava, Upul Tharanga, Amit Verma, Bipul Sharma, Farveez Maharoof, Jesse Ryder, Johan Botha, Manvinder Bisla (wicket-keeper), Shreevats Goswami (wicket-keeper), Abdur Razzak, Amila Aponso, Ashok Dinda, Pankaj Rao, Suranga Lakmal
Urbanrisers Hyderabad: Suresh Raina (captain), Asghar Afghan, Martin Guptill, Mohnish Mishra, Peter Trego, Shivakant Shukla, Tirumalasetti Suman, Dwayne Smith, Milind Kumar, Stuart Binny, Yogesh Nagar, Amit Paunikar (wicket-keeper), Chamara Kapugedera (wicket-keeper), Chris Mpofu, Devendra Bishoo, Jerome Taylor, Morne Morkel, Pawan Suyal, Pragyan Ojha, Sudeep Tyagi, Tino Best
Road to the Playoffs
The top four teams emerging victorious in the league matches will progress to the playoffs. The stakes escalate in the playoffs, with the top two teams clashing in Qualifier 1 for a direct ticket to the final.
Meanwhile, the third and fourth-placed teams will engage in the Eliminator, vying for a chance to challenge the Qualifier 1 loser in Qualifier 2. The culmination of this intense journey will be witnessed in the Legends League Cricket 2023 final on December 9.
Venues That Set the Stage
The Legends League Cricket 2023 will unfold its drama across four iconic venues – JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun, Molana Azad Stadium in Jammu, and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam. These arenas will witness the clash of the titans as each team endeavors to etch its name in the annals of T20 glory.
Defending Champions and Team Leaders
India Capitals, under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir, enter the tournament as defending champions, having triumphed over Bhilwara Kings in the 2022 final. This year, the stakes are high, with seasoned cricketers at the helm of each team. Irfan Pathan leads Bhilwara Kings, Parthiv Patel captains Gujarat Giants, and Harbhajan Singh takes charge of Manipal Tigers. Aaron Finch is at the helm for Southern Super Stars, while Suresh Raina will lead Urbanisers Hyderabad.
Telecast and Live Streaming
Cricket enthusiasts across India can catch the live action of Legends League Cricket 2023 on Star Sports Network’s TV channels. For those preferring the digital realm, live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar and FanCode. The tournament promises not only skillful cricket but also an immersive viewing experience, ensuring fans do not miss a single moment of the T20 spectacle.
Legends League Cricket 2023 schedule and live match start times
All match timings are in India Standard Time (IST)
|Day and Date||Match||Venue||Time (IST)|
|Saturday, November 18||India Capitals vs Bhilwara Kings||JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi||7:00 PM|
|Monday, November 20||Manipal Tigers vs Gujarat Giants||JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi||7:00 PM|
|Tuesday, November 21||Urbanrisers Hyderabad vs Southern Super Stars||JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi||7:00 PM|
|Wednesday, November 22||Bhilwara Kings vs Gujarat Giants||JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi||7:00 PM|
|Thursday, November 23||India Capitals vs Urbanrisers Hyderabad||JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi||3:00 PM|
|Friday, November 24||Bhilwara Kings vs Manipal Tigers||Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun||7:00 PM|
|Saturday, November 25||India Capitals vs Southern Super Stars||Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun||7:00 PM|
|Sunday, November 26||Gujarat Giants vs Urbanrisers Hyderabad||Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun||3:00 PM|
|Monday, November 27||Manipal Tigers vs Southern Super Stars||Molana Azad Stadium, Jammu||7:00 PM|
|Wednesday, November 29||Bhilwara Kings vs Southern Super Stars||Molana Azad Stadium, Jammu||7:00 PM|
|Thursday, November 30||India Capitals vs Gujarat Giants||Molana Azad Stadium, Jammu||7:00 PM|
|Friday, December 1||Bhilwara Kings vs Urbanrisers Hyderabad||Molana Azad Stadium, Jammu||3:00 PM|
|Saturday, December 2||India Capitals vs Manipal Tigers||Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam||7:00 PM|
|Sunday, December 3||Gujarat Giants vs Southern Super Stars||Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam||3:00 PM|
|Monday, December 4||Manipal Tigers vs Urbanrisers Hyderabad||Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam||7:00 PM|
|Tuesday, December 5||Qualifier 1||Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam||7:00 PM|
|Wednesday, December 6||Eliminator||Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam||7:00 PM|
|Thursday, December 7||Qualifier 2||Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam||7:00 PM|
|Saturday, December 9||Legends League Cricket 2023 final||Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam||7:00 PM|
The Legends League Cricket 2023 is poised to be a riveting showcase of talent, teamwork, and tenacity. As the cricketing stars converge, fans eagerly await the unfolding drama, hoping for unforgettable moments and a new chapter in T20 cricket history. Buckle up for the Legends League Cricket 2023 – where every ball counts, and legends are born!