Media Watch: How The Abu Dhabi T10 is creating headlines worldwide
The tournament’s global appeal has garnered attention from all corners of the world. Adding to the support the tournament has received from fans, it has also been covered by some of the world’s leading media houses.
Here, we glance through the worldwide publications that have written about The Abu Dhabi T10.
Luke Wright believes The Abu Dhabi T10 can do wonders for UAE cricket like IPL did for India -Khaleej Times
“We have seen in all the tournaments how much it has benefitted the young players. We have seen in the IPL now how the young Indian players have emerged since the IPL came about, the fielding, the strength, and conditioning, the way they play, it has just gone through the roof,” said Luke Wright
Qalandars have the firepower to win, reckons Ben Dunk - Gulf News
“Our team has the likes of Chris Jordan, who has taken the highest number of T20 wickets for England, and Tom Banton, who had been an exciting batsman to watch in the Big Bash League….we have what it takes to make it to the final,’ said Ben Dunk.
Local hero Rohan Mustafa ready for a new role with Team Abu Dhabi - The National
The former UAE captain, who has played in all four seasons of the T10 tournament including its earlier guise, was named second in command to Team Abu Dhabi captain Luke Wright for the tournament that will be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium from January 28 to February 6. “It’s a big role and an opportunity for me on such a big stage” Mustafa told The National.
It's anticipated that nearly one billion people will watch the event on TV after the league struck landmark deals in key territories, such as with Fox Sports in Australia. It represents a major win for the shortest professional format, which - since inception in 2017 - has frequently touted its potential for globalisation and suitability as a vehicle for cricket's inclusion in the Olympics.
The one-of-a-kind tournament which was started in 2017 has seen some of the world's most prominent cricketers like Yuvraj Singh, Chris Lynn, Shahid Afridi, Dwayne Bravo among others. It's an exciting format where runs scored are galore as a side gets to play only 10 overs. The Abu Dhabi T10 League has retained Indian-based 'Vimal Elaichi' as their umpiring sponsors for the upcoming tournament.
Chris Gayle calls The Abu Dhabi T10 classic entertainment - Times of India
“Can't wait to hit some big shots in the Abu Dhabi T10. Classic cricket entertainment is definitely on the cards this season," said Chris Gayle.