T10 League – the UAE’s biggest cricketing extravaganza takes off ….

T10 League – the UAE’s biggest cricketing extravaganza takes off at a glittering ceremony on Wednesday

HH Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan to inaugurate the 2nd Season of the T10 League – the UAE’s home-grown international cricket tournament at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Date: Dubai, November 20, 2018

News Highlights

  1. This is the world’s largest formal ten-over format cricket league that was born in the UAE
  2. As many as 128 international cricketers to play in eight teams grouped into two groups
  3. The 2nd season of the T10 League will see 8 teams play 29 matches in 12 days
  4. Nearly two billion people will have the privilege to watch the matches across South Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean countries through live telecast

His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and the Chairman of Emirates Cricket Board, will officially inaugurate the 2nd Season of the T10 League – the world’s largest formal ten-over international cricket tournament – at 4:00 pm at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

The 12-day international cricket league will see 128 international cricketers play in eight franchise teams – Kerala Knights, Punjabi Legends, Bengal Tigers, Maratha Arabians, Pakhtoons, Rajputs along with two newcomers – Sindhis and Northern Warriors – split in two groups in 29 matches spread over 12 days with a final match to decide the champions scheduled on December 2, 2018 – the UAE National Day.

The inauguration ceremony will also see live performance by celebrities including Sana Khan, Daisy Shah, Urvashi Rautela, Nora Fatehi, Yashma Gill, Anoushay Abbasi, Momina Khan, Myra Sareen, Gizele Thakral, Mahek Chahal, Amir Ali, Karthik Aryan, Umair Jaiswal and Ayesha Umair, among many others.

The 90-minute-long colourful inauguration ceremony will be attended by government officials, members of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), team owners and celebrities and will see live performances by 80 performers including some top Bollywood celebrities as well as a parade by eight participating teams. The parade will be supported by more than 100 students of the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy in Dubai – that is grooming the future cricketing talents.

T10 League is the world’s first and currently the only professional ten-over format international cricket league backed by the Emirates Cricket Board and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), governing body of international cricket.

Eight franchise teams have earlier picked up 128 leading cricketers from India, Pakistan, England, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka and other countries where cricket is a major sport. They have also picked up 16 UAE cricketers through a draft to complete in their respective 16-member squads.

These 16 players have been chosen through a UAE-wide Talent Hunt for the T10 League, as part of a commitment by the T10 Sports Management, organiser of the T10 League, to promote the game of cricket in the UAE that will eventually see the development of cricket at the grass-root level in the emirates.

Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of T10 League, said, “This is the world’s largest professional T10 League and the 2nd Season is three-times bigger than the first edition. This year, two more franchise teams have joined the league due to the success of the first edition that inspired us to expand the scope of the league in terms of spreading out the league to 29 matches to be played in 12 days.

“As a UAE home-grown cricket league, the final will be played on December 2 – the UAE National Day – which will also be a fitting tribute to the Spirit of the UAE Union where the league was born and will become an object of the nation’s pride.

“As the people of the UAE get ready to celebrate the 48th National Day, we present this as a gift to the people of this great nation. The T10 League is a movement – a movement to popularise the game of cricket among those who prefers shorter format and limited-time sports and also to reinforce the UAE’s position in the global sports map.

“I take this opportunity to thank the ECB and the ICC for their kind support and continuous vigilance on promoting fair play – something that the T10 League firmly puts on top of its agenda.”

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that is licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has recently appointed Sony Pictures Networks as its broadcast partners for South Asia, Middle East and North Africa for three years.

The T10 League matches will be telecast live through Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India, Ten Sports in Pakistan, Ten Cricket in Middle East and North Africa. It will also be streamed on SonyLIV.

Colonel Arvinder Singh, Chief Operating Officer of the T10 League, said, “As a professional league, we have undertaken all necessary preparations and transparent system to keep the league clean, guided by the ICC rules and monitored by the ECB.

“This year’s league is much more professional from an overall planning and preparations and things will only get better as we have instilled the international best practices across the cricket operations to promote fair play.

“The next 12 days, the cricketing world will see the emergence of a new era in global cricket movement that will help popularise the game of cricket further.”

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

T10 League: Final Team Combination

Kerala Knights:

Eoin Morgan (Icon Player, Captain, England), R.S. Sodhi (India), Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan), Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Paul Stirling (Ireland), Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Junaid Khan (Pakistan), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Tom Curran (England), Fabian Allen (West Indies), Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Imran Nazir (Pakistan), Benny Howell (England), Muhammad Naveed (UAE) and Abdul Shakoor (UAE)

Maratha Arabians:

Rashid Khan (Icon Player, Afghanistan), S. Badrinath (India), Kamran Akmal (Pakistan), Alex Hales (England), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), James Faulkner (Australia), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Liam Livingstone (England), James Vince (England), Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe), Adam Lyth (England), Roelof van der Merwe (Netherlands), Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan), Richard Gleeson (England), Zahoor Khan (UAE) and Amir Hayat (UAE)

Pakhtoons:

Shahid Afridi (Icon Player, Pakistan), R.P. Singh (India), Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan), Liam Dawson (England), Colin Ingram (South Africa), David Willey (England), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Andre Fletcher (West Indies), Sohail Khan (Pakistan), Sharafuddin Ashraf (Afghanistan), Chadwick Walton (West Indies), Shapoor Zadran (Afghanistan), Gulbadin Naib (Afghanistan), Cameron Delport (South Africa), Hafiz Kaleem (UAE) and Sheer Walli (UAE).

Punjabi Legends: 

Shoaib Malik (Icon Player, Pakistan), Praveen Kumar (India), Chris Jordan (England), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand), Liam Plunkett (England), Evin Lewis (West Indies), Mohammad Sami (Pakistan), Zahir Khan (Afghanistan), Umar Akmal (Pakistan), Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand), Tom Moores (England), Anwar Ali (Pakistan), Jade Dernbach (England), Hasan Khan (Pakistan), Shaiman Anwar (UAE) and Sandy Singh (UAE).

Sindhis:

Shane Watson (Icon Player), Pravin Tambe (India), Anton Devcich (New Zealand), Ben Laughlin (Australia), Jofra Archer (England), Ben Cutting (Australia), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Dinesh Ramdin (West Indies), Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan), Dawid Malan (England), Fawad Ahmed (Australia), Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka), Samiullah Shenwari (Afghanistan), Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan), Ahmad Raza (UAE) and Ghulam Shabbir (UAE).

Bengal Tigers:

Sunil Narine (Icon Player, West Indies), Zaheer Khan (India), Jason Roy (England), Asif Ali (Pakistan), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Sam Billings (England), Morne Morkel (South Africa), Aamer Yamin (Pakistan), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Sherfane Rutherford (West Indies), Kevon Cooper (West Indies), Rayad Emrit (West Indies), Ali Khan (United States), Chirag Suri (UAE) and Muhammad Usman (UAE).

Northern Warriors:

Darren Sammy (Icon Player, West Indies), Amitoze Singh (India), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan), Nicolas Pooran (West Indies), Andre Russell (West Indies), Dwayne Smith (West Indies), Ravi Bopara (England), Rovman Powell (West Indies), Harry Gurney (England), Chris Green (Australia), Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Khary Pierre (West Indies), Kennar Lewis (West Indies), Imran Haider (UAE) and Rahul Bhatia (UAE).

Rajputs: 

Brendon McCullum (Icon Player, New Zealand), Munaf Patel (India), Chris Lynn (Australia), Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan), Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan), Tymal Mills (England), Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies), Rahat Ali (Pakistan), Samit Patel (England), Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan), Ben Dunk (Australia), Shan Masood (Pakistan), Peter Trego (England), Rohan Mustafa (UAE) and Ashfaq Ahmed (UAE).

T10 League 2017 Records

The four-day tournament that took place from December 14-17, 2017 and witnessed by thousands of cricket lovers at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and watched by millions of cricket fans across the cricketing world, saw a total of 2,914 runs scored in 13 matches that was powered by 245 boundaries and 172 sixes.

Six teams played 13 matches in four days in the first T10 League held from December 14-17, 2017.

This translates to an average match score of 224 runs per match, while average innings score crossed 112 runs in 60 balls – or nearly two runs per ball – the highest in any form of cricket.

More than 73.2 percent of the total 2,914 came through boundaries while the highest team score touched 132-run mark and the record for the highest individual score hit 69.

Editor’s Note

 

About T10 League

T10 Cricket League is a professional ten-over format Cricket League launched by T10 Sports Management. It is approved by the Emirates Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council. It is the first ever internationally ten-over format approved league.

Matches have 10-over-a-side format and duration of 90 minutes. The tournament is played over ten days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final. The 2017 edition was played from 14-17 December at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.  In August 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) officially sanctioned the league.

Ten-Over Format Cricket

From a game of the elites and aristocrats, cricket has come a long way to be a more public sport and the shortest format cricket is spreading its popularity faster.

The ten-over format of the game of cricket has been played informally in schools and colleges as well as in smaller cities and neighbourhoods in cricket-playing countries for quite some time.

Matches have 10-over-a-side format and duration of 90 minutes. The tournament is played over 12 days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final.

However, the ten-over format has never been used as a serious, professional league form till 2017, when Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of Mulk Holdings – a self-made businessman, an accomplished sportsman and a cricket enthusiast – launched the T10 League as the world’s first formal professional franchise tournament in which some of the world’s best contemporary cricketers played in six teams.

The four-day tournament that took place from December 14-17, 2017 and witnessed by thousands of cricket lovers at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and watched by millions of cricket fans across the cricketing world, saw a total of 2,914 runs scored in 13 matches that was powered by 245 boundaries and 172 sixes.

This translates to an average match score of 224 runs per match, while average innings score crossed 112 runs in 60 balls – or nearly two runs per ball – the highest in any form of cricket.

More than 73.2 percent of the total 2,914 came through boundaries while the highest team score touched 132-run mark and the record for the highest individual score hit 69.

The T10 League has been endorsed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) that regulates and promotes the game of cricket in the UAE and a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The rapid-fire spread of the T10 League has encouraged T10 Sports Management – owner of the T10 League to add two more franchise teams and spread the tournament to 29 matches to be played in 12 days – ensuring greater visibility, participation and extended reach of the ten-over format cricket across the world.

The T10 League, in many ways, has captured the imagination of the cricket fraternity and it’s rising popularity prompted the ICC – the governing body of the world cricket to recognise the format and sanction the T10 League in July this year. The ICC sanction virtually puts a stamp on the new ten-over format of cricket and makes the T10 League the world’s first formal ten-over franchise league tournament.

Although cricket is not a native Arab or emirati sport, the game has become very popular amongst the expatriate population as well as the local native emiratis. As a result, the country has seen a flurry of cricket matches – including Test matches, One-Day Internationals, quick-fire T20 and T10 matches being played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

This year, the UAE is hosting one of the highest number of cricket matches in the world – both in the domestic leagues and international series as well as the Asia Cup cricket, Pakistan Premier League, Afghan Cricket League, Emirates T20 League as well as the T10 League – making the country a very popular host for cricket matches.

Most international cricketers now call the UAE a home – due to their frequent appearances in the country. These cricket matches and series are now attracting a large number of fans – from within and outside the UAE – and helping boost sports tourism in the UAE.

The launch of the T10 League puts the UAE ahead of many countries in the global cricket map as this innovation is now rapidly spreading the game of cricket across all the cricketing countries and beyond. The ten-over format match that takes around 90 minutes to complete with a definite win-loss result, is a thrill-generator and takes almost the same amount of time of a football match.

The second season of the T10 League will take place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018. The 2018 edition is spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

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