The new season of Development League cricket will feature a sixth team. After consideration by the CWBCC, it was decided that a Masters XI will be included in the league, allowing for a more balanced schedule and an improved standard of competition.
The squad will be composed of several former internationals and will be a stiff test in the aid of bridging the seemingly immense gap between our domestic cricket and international cricket. The Masters XI will not receive any points for games played, and therefore will not be in contention for either of the titles or trophies. However, Dev League teams will receive points as per the usual system from these contests.
With a sixth team in the league, each team will play an additional four games in each format. Thus, the league will be improved on two levels - keener competition against proven quality opposition, and more games.
No official name has been decided for the Masters XI. Several players are on the CWBCC shortlist of invitees, but as of yet, no one has been confirmed to the squad.