“The T10 format is more exciting than the T20 format,” states Sunil Narine ahead of the second season of Abu Dhabi T10
~ The spin wizard Sunil Narine speaks about playing alongside Kieron Pollard in the second season of Abu Dhabi T10 ~
Abu Dhabi, 10 January 2021: The T20 superstar Sunil Narine, who has bamboozled the best batsmen from around the world for many years with his numerous variations, is all set to turn up for the Deccan Gladiators in the second season of the Abu Dhabi T10, powered by sky247net. The off-spinner from Trinidad & Tobago will play as the Icon Player for the Gladiators at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from 28th January – 6th February 2021.
Narine, who has taken 390 wickets in T20s, expressed that the T10 format is more exciting than the T20 format, “The T10 format is more exciting than the T20 format. In T20s, the batters take a few overs before starting their attacking skills, however, in T10 the batters probably look for only one or two balls. There’s always a possibility to attract new fans through a shorter format of cricket and more exciting cricket. It will be an exciting thing if cricket is included in the Olympics as well and hopefully, maybe T10 could be a part of the Olympics.”
The 32-year-old is looking forward to playing alongside another T20 superstar Kieron Pollard for the Deccan Gladiators in the Abu Dhabi T10, Narine said, “I have played under Pollard so many times and he is a good and strong leader. He goes about his business in the right way. He is a key player to have, especially in this format.”
Another West Indian great – Chris Gayle is also set to feature in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament. The Universe Boss will be taking guard for Team Abu Dhabi in the second season. Narine expressed that he will back himself to get Gayle’s wicket, “Chris Gayle is a player that everyone wants on their team. He can start the game off very well for his team. While playing against him, we will try to get him out as early as possible, if that doesn’t happen, then we will have to contain him as much as possible. I’ll back myself to get him out, hopefully, it goes well.”
The off-spinner, who can also provide great starts with the bat, has been in the international circuit since 2011. While speaking about how he started playing cricket, Narine said that he picked up the game because of his father’s love for cricket, “My father had a huge influence on my decision to pick up cricket. He’s the one who took me to all my games. I started playing cricket with him as he is a cricket lover.”
When asked about his favourite grounds in the world, the off-spinner had no hesitation in saying, “Eden Gardens (Kolkata) and Queen’s Park Oval (Port of Spain),” before signing off.
About Abu Dhabi T10
Abu Dhabi T10 is the world’s only ten-over cricket tournament officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). It is the first ever internationally approved ten-over format competition. The second edition of Abu Dhabi T10 will be held from 28th January – 6th February 2021. Abu Dhabi T10 is a UAE product that has grown into a globally accepted cricket format. Matches have a 10-over-a-side format and duration of 45 minutes a side totaling 90 minutes of play.
The tournament is played over ten days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final. The Abu Dhabi T10 tournament is a short, high energy format loved by global audiences and international cricket stars alike.