The 2021 edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 has caught the attention of the media and star players alike across the globe. Season 5 of the tournament starts on November 19 and will continue over a 15-day period.
It will have six teams – The Chennai Braves, Delhi Bulls, Northern Warriors, Team Abu Dhabi, Bangla Tigers and Deccan Gladiators – battling it out for the coveted silverware.
Here is a look at how this 10-over format has made headlines through the eyes of various media outlets.
Young Mohammed Fraazuddin ready to make a mark – The National
“I’ve watched T10 since its first season in Sharjah. I was watching these guys hitting it all over the park, and there were big stars, like Lasith Malinga, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle – you name it, they were playing. So getting selected in the fifth season of T10, I can’t express it in words. I’m just very excited, very nervous, and I hope I will be able to handle the pressure,” Mohammed Fraazuddin told The National.
Faf du Plessis excited about captaining the Bangla Tigers – Lokmat
“My role as a captain would be to get the team together and create an environment wherein the players are having fun and being themselves. We have a good mix of players and I am confident of the Bangla Tigers doing well in the tournament,” du Plessis reportedly said.
Big names enjoy dinner together – Inside Sport
“Some big names like Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, and Shoaib Malik united for a Dinner-Date in Dubai ahead of the tournament opener.” – Inside Sport.
Abhimanyu Mithun excited for Abu Dhabi T10 – News 18
“There are a lot of good international cricketers who play in the competition. So, I thought it will be a good opportunity for me to attain the experience of playing on the big stage,” the pacer from India told News 18.
David Weise hopeful about Deccan Gladiators – ANI News
“We’ve got a well-balanced squad and we’ve got all our bases covered. I think we stand a good chance (of winning) and if we go and play good cricket on that day, anything can happen,” the Namibian all-rounder said to ANI News.
Imran Tahir is all set – My Khel
“Last year I was in T20 mode, and I was playing for the first time, so I found it quite difficult to bowl, but I didn’t do so bad. I just think I could have done better. Now, I have got that experience, and with my new plans, I am hoping that I’ll be able to bowl well in T10 cricket going forward, and I will try to bowl as tight as I can,” the South African said.
Learning opportunity for Jason Roy – Khaleej Times
“I think being the icon player is a great opportunity for me to go out there and showcase my skills. It’s a great pleasure and I am very proud to be the icon player, but it’s just a label. I am still looking to learn from the more experienced players. There’s no added pressure on me,” explosive English batter Jason Roy stated.
Abu Dhabi T10 can attract cricketing legends, showcases diversity – SportsAdda
“Abu Dhabi T10, now in its fifth season, has shown what T10 cricket can bring to the table. It’s quick, exciting and has managed to attract the legends of the game, who have had no trouble adapting to the format. And more importantly, the tournament has been diverse and inclusive, managing to provide a platform to cricketers from the Middle East and even the USA,” reports SportsAdda.