From expanding fanbase to going new places, cricket legends swear by T10

T10 might be the newest format of cricket but it has already found abundant support from several players, with some even deeming it the future of cricket.

As we head into the fourth edition of The Abu Dhabi T10, starting on January 28, we take a look at some of the most popular personalities of the sport that have backed the fastest format of the game.

Eoin Morgan sees a whole new fanbase

“The T10 format is brilliant. It’s probably the closest cricket will get to baseball,” said the World Cup-winning England captain Eoin Morgan. “It exposes a different aspect of cricket. It also attracts a different fan as well in the sense that you’d probably find a lot of people there who wouldn’t go to a normal cricket match. 

“It’s so easy to understand because it’s arguably as simplified a cricket match as there possibly could be. I’m a huge fan,” he added.

T10 can be in Olympics, reckons Virender Sehwag 

“If we are talking about that cricket should be a part of the Olympics, I think T10 is the right format. Because it gets over in 90 minutes and it’s like a football match and a result will come,” dashing former Indian opener Virender Sehwag observed. “So I think this is the right format if the International Cricket Council (ICC) is thinking about talking to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that cricket should be part of the Olympic Games.”

T10 will expand cricket audience: Shoaib Malik

“It’s always nice to be part of something positive in the game. T10 is a perfect advert to bring new audiences to cricket as it’s short, exciting, and a great way to show the best of cricket, especially the new skills that players are continually bringing,” said former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik.

T10 can go to the USA, says Chris Gayle

“I think T10 can be held within the United States also since it’s a big platform. I think most people don’t recognise the States for cricket, but T10 is very much suitable to be held within the USA, and I believe it can help generate bigger revenues as well,” Universe Boss Chris Gayle said.

T10 suits Yuvraj Singh

“The way the game is evolving, T10 can be a very exciting format… I feel it is something to look at in the future,” former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh believed.

“It suits my character and style of play. With such short matches, every ball, every over is important and you’re facing world-class competition every night so you’ve got to be ultra-focussed,” he explained.

Backyard sport-turned-professional for Hashim Amla

“T10 is a new format in the sense that it has been around for only a few years. But it has been around for many years in our backyards and when we were growing up playing with our friends. In fact, I am reminded of playing 10-over matches with my brother in our home backyard,” Hashim Amla related. “But to have it on a professional level is fantastic.”