Ravi Shastri, the former India head coach, has been appointed as the Commissioner of the Legends League Cricket (LLC), a new T20 league set to debut in the UAE next year. Several retired players will compete in the tournament. The inaugural season of LLC will air in the United Arab Emirates in January.

“It feels amazing to be back in the thick of things with cricket, especially with the Legends of the game who have all been champions in their own right,” Ravi Shastri said in a statement released by the organisers. “With some serious cricket going on, it’ll be a lot of fun. These stalwarts have nothing new to prove, but they do have a reputation to uphold, and it will be fascinating to see how they live up to it. I am ecstatic to be a part of Legends League Cricket. This is a one-of-a-kind venture, and we believe it has a bright future,” the 59-year-old remarked.

With Virat Kohli’s side exiting the T20 World Cup group stage last week, Ravi Shastri’s term as India’s head coach came to an end. Several former international stars are said to have agreed to play in the LLC, including those from India, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, and England. They will most likely be separated into three teams, one for India, one for Asia, and one for the rest of the world.

“He (Ravi Shastri) has been a true legend of Indian and world cricket, delivering glory to India for years,” Raman Raheja, co-founder and CEO of the LLC, said. “Perhaps there isn’t a better individual to oversee our cricket operations and steer the League in the correct path than him. We eagerly anticipate the exciting days ahead.”