Indian cricket fans have something exciting to look forward to as six retired Indian cricketers, including World Cup winners Sreesanth, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, and Robin Uthappa, gear up to play in the upcoming Zim Afro T10 League.
This new tournament, considered the sister league of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, promises to be a thrilling event.
The inaugural edition of the Zim Afro League will feature five franchises: Harare Hurricanes, Bulawayo Braves, Cape Town Samp Army, Durban Qalandars, and Joburg Buffaloes. These teams will compete against each other in a bid to emerge as the champion.
To determine the player line-ups, a draft for the tournament recently took place. Four Indian players, namely Stuart Binny, Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan, and Parthiv Patel secured contracts with the franchises.
Prior to the draft, Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa had already signed with their respective teams in the Zim Afro T10 League.
The first season of the Zim Afro T10 League is scheduled to take place from July 20 to 29, with all matches being held in Harare. Cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the action-packed matches and are curious to see which team will emerge victorious in the inaugural season.
The announcement of team owners in the Zim Afro T10 League garnered attention in both India and Pakistan. Bollywood celebrity Sanjay Dutt owns the Harare Hurricanes, while the Durban Qalandars are owned by the same team owners as the Pakistan Super League’s Lahore Qalandars.
The Bulawayo Braves and Cape Town Samp Army share owners with the Abu Dhabi T10 League’s Chennai Braves and Morrisville Samp Army, respectively. The team owners for the Joburg Buffaloes are yet to be revealed.
With several prominent Indian cricketers set to participate in the league, it is expected that the T10 matches will attract a significant viewership in India. Cricket fans eagerly await the start of the tournament and are excited to witness the intense competition on the field.
Meanwhile, The Board of Control for Cricket in India will introduce a new cooling off period concept to ban immediate participation of retired cricketers in the new leagues.
Source : Cric Today