Abu Dhabi is a city known for its global culture and values and keeping in line with the beliefs of its host city, The Abu Dhabi T10 is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, which are clearly visible in the number of countries represented in the tournament.
Since its inception in 2017, the tournament has truly been a global affair, featuring cricketers from across the world and the upcoming 2020 ADT10 is no different.
With players from full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), as well as associate members, as many as 14 countries will find representation in the upcoming tournament.
Players from Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Ireland, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE, USA, and West Indies will take part in The Abu Dhabi T10, the world’s first and only 10-over competition to be sanctioned by the ICC.
“This kind of diversity is a plus for the league,” reckoned West Indian Johnson Charles, who will play for Bangla Tigers this season. “So many players coming together, that’s good for the game and Abu Dhabi Cricket. Just the fact that everyone wants to play in this tournament is a great sign for the tournament.”
Indians and Pakistanis play together
The gripping cricket rivalry between India and Pakistan has an unparalleled hype and intensity and always makes up for an entertaining affair. But, unfortunately, their matches have been limited to ICC tournaments for now.
However, The Abu Dhabi T10 is one of the very few franchise tournaments in the world in which Indians and Pakistanis play cricket together, thus, adding to the entertainment quotient of the competition. In 2020 ADT10, we will have five players from India and 17 from Pakistan playing for different teams.
From rookies to veterans
A trailblazer of the shortest cricket format, The Abu Dhabi T10 boasts a diverse array of players, ranging from rookies to veterans. There are very few tournaments in the world where young teenagers get to share the stage with legends of the sport. For instance, Kushal Mallah, the 16-year-old prodigy from Nepal will share Team Abu Dhabi’s dressing room with two-time World T20 champion Chris Gayle.
Every team has such a mix of young talents and seasoned campaigners, providing valuable experience to the young guns, which will help them become next-gen superstars.
The tournament also gives the UAE cricketers a chance to rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in the business. The exchange of ideas and information from players of different nationalities and cultures will definitely facilitate the upliftment of the UAE’s cricketing culture.The Abu Dhabi T10, with a variety of players from different nations and different stages of career, is truly diverse in every sense. It is set to begin on January 28 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium when Maratha Arabians take on the Northern Warriors in the season opener.