Press Release

Press Release

UAE – 30 April 2020:

We wish to clarify that Deepak Agarwal was initially proposed as one of the owners for Team SINDHIS for the 2018 season. As part of our SOP and our close cooperation with ICC, we always seek the clearance of all team owners from the ICC anti-corruption unit. The clearance from ICC was not granted and we promptly took action to remove Deepak Agarwal from the ownership of the team before the start of the league.

We also wish to clarify that the ban imposed by ICC on Deepak Agarwal has nothing to do with any activity related to the T10 league.

We at T Ten Sports Management have a zero-tolerance policy towards any individuals who breach the code of conduct and we continue to work closely with the ICC anti-corruption unit to uphold the integrity of the game of cricket.

Shaji Ul Mulk
Chairman

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Monday 25 November 2019: The Bangla Tigers have secured third place in the 2019 Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, consigning Team Qalandars to fourth in the competition, in a thrilling match that saw Andre Fletcher lift his team to victory with a spirited 52 off 30 deliveries.

The Qalandars sought to use a tight field and a restrictive bowling line-up to defeat the Tigers, but the Bangla boys secured a victory bysix wickets.

The Tigers opted to field having won the toss, leaving Dawid Malan and Luke Ronchi to enjoy a probing, tentative opening to the Qalandars’ attempt to snatch third place. PrabathJayasuriyaconceded only three runs to the men in green in the opening over, before Kiwi left hander Luke Ronchi found the boundaryrope five times until his wicket at the hands of Prabath for 19. Prabath brought further destruction to the Qalandars’ top order with the stumping of Amjad Khan, provided courtesy off the gloves of wicketkeeper Thomas Moores.

A disconcerted Qalandars sought calm after calamity, asFarhad Raza offered Peter Trego and Malan freedom to play some sweeping shots, before the young prodigal Sri Lankan bowler, Kevin Kothigoda, claimed the big scalp of the innings by removing the stumps of Malan for 24. It fell to the middle-order batsmen Phil Salt and Trego to rescue the Qalandars, and the two men squared up to the challenge, finding the boundary rope against a Qalandars’ side seeking for one final wicket in the tournament. Whilst the two men remained strong against the Tigers’ prowling advances, they could not overcome the death bowling of David Weise and Captain Thisara Perera, leaving the Tigers to score 110 runs to secure third place.

The Bangla Tigers were not going to let go of their ambitions easily. Andre Fletcher and RileeRossouw, whose opening partnership have anchored the Tigers’ innings throughout the tournament, used their understanding to drive big and to drive strong for victory in the penultimate match of the tournament. The pair powered past the strength of the Qalandars’ bowlers and charged for the boundary rope, using both powerful and inventive shots to surge forward to victory.

Rossouw was caught by Phil Salt on 31, providing a small relief to the Qalandars, but Tom Moores joined Fletcher, who continued to delight the crowd with charismatic shots into the Abu Dhabi night sky. Moores was taken for anathletic catch by George Garton, yet the Qalandars could not shake the power-hitting Fletcher from his crease. Fletcher crossed his half-century, shortly fell as he lofted a huge shot into the air presenting an easy catch to Garton, his second of the evening.

In spite of Fletcher’s wicket for 52, the Tigers were still well placed to overcome a tiring Qalandars’ bowling line-up. South African big hitter Colin Ingram took to the crease for the final eight balls of the match, smashing two hefty sixes to bring his team closer to the total, requiring only seven runs from six balls.

In spite of Colin Ingram being caught by Phil Salt, the Tigers could not be stopped as Captain Perera played a match-winning six that soared through the air to clinch third place for the Bangla Tigers, winningby six wickets.

Speaking after his team’s victory, vice-Captain of the Bangla Tigers, Colin Ingram, commented: “The pressure factor of T10 leads to every ball becoming an event. If you miss one, or hit one straight to the field, you really feel it. Abu Dhabi has always been one of my favourite grounds to come to. The way the pitch has held up through the twelve days has been outstanding. It’s been a great venue, and really wellrun event.”

Captain of Team Qalandars, Dawid Malan, commented in the post-match press conference: “I’m very proud of the way the team has performed throughout the tournament. To come here and play well in the T10 you have to be skilled and cricket smart, and any weakness is quickly found out. I’ve really enjoyed my time playing in this tournament and hope that I can do it again.”

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 23 November 2019: The final day of matches for the group stages ended in dramatic fashion as the Maratha Arabians top the Super League stage table, Team Qalandars grab second place, Deccan Gladiators finish third and Bangla Tigers sneak into the semi-finals, with all four teams moving through to the next stage of the tournament.

A dramatic day of cricketing action that saw a gobsmacking 33 wickets fall saw a riveting performance by Team Qalanders to book their place in the semi-final, as Dawid Malan’s men put on a classy display to consign the Delhi Bulls to a defeat, knocking them out of the tournament. Yuvraj Singh’s batting masterclass and clinical fielding display ensured that Maratha Arabians go into the next round as the team to beat, whilst the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 bid farewell to Team Abu Dhabi, Karnataka Tuskers, Delhi Bulls and the defending champions Northern Warriors.

Match Report 1: Team Qalandars vs Delhi Bulls

The Delhi Bulls opted to open the batting, breaking from conventional T10 wisdom, and the early wickets of Angelo Mathews for 5 in the first over, and of Perera and Rutherford in the third for 14 and 2 respectively, may have left the team questioning their toss decision.

Captain Eoin Morgan came onto the pitch needing to calm a spiralling side. He and young Surrey prodigy Will Jacks attempted to steady the ship, but Morgan was caught by the UAE’s Sultan Ahmed with Jacks’ taken two balls later from a diving moment of the match catch from Seekkuge Prasana.

In the face of an attacking Qalandars, the Delhi Bulls attempted to halt the haemorrhage of wickets, but the men in green were unstoppable, punishing Waheed Ahmed’s bails for a mix up when running between the wickets.

Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi was undeterred by his team’s collapse, and brought to his innings aggression and self-confidence, smashing the ball to every part of the stadium. Joined by England’s Adil Rashid, Nabi worked with urgency to improve the Bulls’ dire situation. His shots, however, could not be sustained, as Lahiru Kumara split Nabi’s stumps, leaving the Afghan big hitter on 48 off 21 deliveries. Kumara took his second wicket of the innings, trapping Pierre on the final delivery of the innings, giving the Qalandars a low 99 runs to chase down.

The Bulls, however, were not to let their chances in the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 slip so lightly. They began an aggressive bowling attack that was angling for wickets, and Phil Salt’s dismissal in the first over gave the bowlers a much needed confidence boost. Khary Pierre took the wicket of Dawid Malan, in spite of spirited attempts to lift the ball over the boundary from the Qalandars’ Captain. Former Indian favourite Zaheer Khan joined the attack, taking the two wickets of Laurie Evans for 11 and Peter Trego for three in one over, whilst only conceding four runs.

Enter Tom Kohler-Cadmore who found a form out at the crease. The young Yorkshire player shot to 27 off 12 deliveries, but lost his wicket to the UAE’s Waheed Ahmed as the Bulls’ unrelenting bowling attack sought more and more opportunities.

With the game on a knife’s edge, fans at a packed Zayed Cricket Stadium felt the electric tension crackle around the pitch, with the Qalandars requiring 18 runs in the final two overs. As the shadows drew over Abu Dhabi, the Delhi Bulls tried to maintain the brutal pace of their bowling attack, with Sultan Ahmed losing his wicket for three. Nevertheless, the Bulls could not withhold the power of the Qalandars, and the men in green won with a glorious six from Garton off the final ball, sealing victory for his team.

Team Qalandars’ Captain Dawid Malan commented on benefits of the T10 format: “The good thing about T20 and T10 cricket is that you have to learn. If you don’t learn, you keep making the same mistakes and you’re going to cost your team games, be that with the bat or with the ball. It’s a great learning curve in this tournament to have to learn on your feet, and to have to be quick to adapt. It’s always about developing yourself as a player.”

Speaking after his team’s disappointing loss and subsequent exit from the tournament, Eoin Morgan said: “On paper we had a really strong team, but we continued to underperform throughout the group stage, especially in matches that we felt we should have won, because we know how unpredictable T10 cricket can be, where you need to play constant aggressive cricket, which isn’t always easy. It’s great to see the crowds in Abu Dhabi coming to see the cricket, and hopefully this format can evolve and improve over the next few years”.

Match Report 2: Maratha Arabians vs Bangla Tigers

The Maratha Arabians’ Yuvraj Singh sent the crowd wild, as his smart catching waved Bangla Tigers’ opener, Rilee Rossouw, back to the dugout from the innings’ second ball. Lasith Malinga was clearly frustrated with the big hitting of Andre Fletcher, as the West Indies’ batsman smashed two consecutive sixes off the Sri Lankan’s bowling, but Malinga struck back, claiming Fletcher’s wicket for 13 after he skied a delivery into the hands of Dasun Shanaka. Colin Ingram departed for 7 on a catch from Dwayne Bravo, and Thisara Perera only mustered four runs, caught attempting a rasping shot that failed to reach the ropes.

The collapse seemed to continue as Tom Moores found his middle stump flattened on his second ball, but the delivery from Kasun Rajitha was deemed as a no-ball, keeping Moores in the game. The English batsman grabbed the opportunity with both hands, taking a four with the subsequent free hit and not looking back. As wickets continue to fall around him, it was left to Moores and Robert Frylinck to push their team to a competitive total, as they continued to frustrate the Maratha Arabians’ bowlers with some intelligent and at times brutal shots.

Frylinck’s ambitious shots proved to be his downfall, as yet another catch was taken off one of Dwayne Bravo’s balls. Moores and England’s Liam Plunkett desperately tried to hit big in the final over, but were limited by tenacious fielding from the opposition, closing their innings at 106/7.

The Bangla Tigers’ bowlers probed the defences of Chris Lynn, looking for an early breakthrough as the Australian opener, the highest scorer of the tournament so far with 288, looked to thrill the stadium with an exhibition of big shots. However, he was not to have the same impact in this game as he was caught uncharacteristically miscuing a shot straight from David Wiese, falling for 23.

Qais Ahmed’s brilliant delivery deceived Chadwick Walton, and brought Indian superstar Yuvraj Singh to the crease, as fans around the stadium bellowed his name.

In the fourth over with his team cruising at 48/3, Adam Lyth cheaply gave his wicket away, chasing a bouncer as he departed for a low score of 14. On a pitch that was increasingly looking like it was favouring the bowlers, Yuvraj and Najibullah Zadran failed to get off to a rapid start. As they began to settle in, a humongous six from the Indian legend signalled the intent for the pair to start playing riskier shots as boundaries began to flow as they quickly chased down the total.

With 8 runs needed from the final two overs, victory was inevitable for the Maratha Arabians, as Yuvraj stylishly completed the run chase with a flick off the pads that sailed for six.

After his side topped the table, Maratha Arabians’ Head Coach Andy Flower said: “It is a fantastic feeling to finish first, and although we know it’s going to be tough for us in the semi-finals, it’s great that we have momentum behind us. It’s a brilliant thing that UAE players are playing a massive role in the tournament for us. For example, Shiraz has been pivotal in our success. It’s very important that UAE players get the experience and exposure of playing in front of such huge crowds alongside world class players.”

Despite his team’s loss Bangla Tigers’ Thisara Perera was upbeat about his team’s chances in the semi-finals saying: “We are glad to be in the semi-finals. Despite the loss today, we have faith in our team’s ability, not only with the bat but with the ball too. The ground in Abu Dhabi is really good for bowling, because it has big boundaries, so if we find the right line and length we will be able to defend whatever competitive total we put up.”

Match Report 3: Team Abu Dhabi vs Karnataka Tuskers

Team Abu Dhabi opted to open by batting in the final game of their tournament against Hashim Amla’s Karnataka Tuskers. With fans cheering on both sides, the batsmen in yellow sought to bring some life to what has been a bowler’s wicket for the whole evening. Nathan Rimmington of the Karnataka Tuskers sought to demonstrate, however, that the wicket was still potent with opportunities for the bowlers, after removing top-order AvishkaFernando for three with a diving catch from Amla. Moeen Ali and Luke Wright held firm against a steady flow of deliveries from the Tuskers, with both men finding rich opportunities for runs between the wicket, along with the occasional boundary rope.

Ali’s dismissalcame at the end of the eighth over, after the TV umpire made a close call on hisbat being in or out of the crease. The umpire found Ali to be at fault, but his stand of 35 made for a valuable addition to the Team Abu Dhabi scoreboard. Shapoor Zadran and Rimmington sought to restrict the local lads, but they could not restrain Wright from finding a deserving half century, closing histournament on a total of 208 runs, the second highest scoring player behind Chris Lynn. Team Abu Dhabi posted a target of 129 for Amla’s men to chase.

The Karnataka Tuskers sought to muster a comeback to Team Abu Dhabi’s high total, but the bowling of Marchant de Lange and Harry Gurney constrained the men in blue to dot-balls and runs between the wickets, with Gurney taking the wicket of Johnson Charles in the second over for two. The Abu Dhabi bowlers kept the flow of runs low and the flow of wickets high, with Ben Laughlin catching Upul Tharanga for 10 and Himalayan hero Paras Khadka taking the wicket of Captain Hashim Amla at deep mid-wicket for 18.

Ross Whiteley and Shafiqullah Shafaq were looking for a final Karnataka comeback, but were constrained from the boundary rope, before Marchant de Lange took Whiteley on sixwhilstthe UAE’s Rohan Mustafa got his hands on a ball from Shafiqullah for six. The only Dutch cricketer playing in the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, Ryan ten Doeschate, brought a six-seeking spirit to the game’s play, but the odds had already beaten the Karnataka boys, with the required run rate having soared over 52 by the final over. Team Abu Dhabi won by 34 runs, but neither team will move forward to the next stage of the tournament.

Speaking after his team’s exit from the tournament Captain Moeen Ali said: “I think the T10 is an amazing format. Although the fundamentals of the game are the same, it’s much harder than what people think because the tempo is really fast. Ultimately, we are really disappointed to exit at this stage, but hopefully we can come back stronger next year. The facilities of the stadium and the hospitality of the wider city makes this place a wonderful area to come and play cricket in.”

Trevor Bayliss, Coach of Team Abu Dhabi commented on the T10 format saying: “You obviously have to go out there and play some shots because of the limited time you have, but I still think there is an opportunity to get settled in and play some tactical cricket. The crowd today in the stadium were incredible, and if you can constantly grab that sort of attention, it bodes well for the format and for players coming to play into T10.”

Hashim Amla, Captain of the Karnataka Tuskers was in a pensive mood reflecting on his team’s performance saying: “I think overall we couldn’t compete long enough across different stages of the game to be competitive and get the required amount of wins to progress. In saying that,it has been a really useful experience for everyone in this team, especially the youngsters as they learn what to expect from the T10 format as it continues to grow”.

The semi-finals will see table toppers Maratha Arabians battle Team Qalandars for a place in the final due to kick off at 15:30, followed by the Bangla Tigers clashing with the Deccan Gladiators at 17:45, and will conclude with the second eliminator between the loser of the first match and the victor of the second.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 22 November 2019: The seventh night of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 has seen incredible batting performances throughout the day’s action, with Chris Lynn hitting 89 off 33, Tom Banton blasting 80 off 27, and Lendl Simmons reaching high with 70 off 39. With teams’ bowlers delivering both strong defensive and attacking line ups, the tension has been electric amongst the huge crowds gathered at Zayed Cricket Stadium as teams vie for a place in the Qualifying stage.

Match Report 1: Maratha Arabians vs Delhi Bulls

Lynn once again was hungry for runs, and carved out boundaries with effortless swings of his bat, punishing David Willey and Mohammad Nabi as he raced to 37 runs in 13 balls. Lynn took the 200th six of the series, reaching a half century in a short 18 balls with a heave toward deep square leg. After one of Hazratullah’s big swinging shots was caught, Adam Lyth joined Lynn, and the Arabians rocketed to 73 midway through their innings. Adil Rashid’s torrid time with the ball continued, and was given no reprieve by the rampant Lynn who smashed three consecutive sixes of some loose deliveries by the England spinner.

The wickets of Najibullah and Lyth fell, but crucially for the Maratha Arabians, and much to the frustration of the Delhi Bulls, those were not the wickets they desperately needed. However, they struck gold in the very next delivery, as Lynn was impressively caught by David Willey, agonisingly denying him the chance to become the first batsmen in T10 history to score a century as he closed on his destructive innings scoring 89 from 33. A cameo innings by Dasun Shanaka, which included two fours and a six of the final three deliveries of the innings, ensured his team set 147 runs for Delhi Bulls to chase, the highest total of the tournament yet.

A quick start to the innings was imperative for the Bulls, as Kusal Perera and Paul Stirling looked to maximise boundaries through the Powerplay, as they managed to gain 16 runs from the first over. Perera took up the role of taking the game to the bowlers as he showed great fluency to pick up numerous boundaries, keeping the required run rate manageable for his team. Pressure from the Maratha Arabians’ bowlers finally led to the wicket of an out-of-sorts Paul Stirling, whose uneasy innings came to end as he gloved behind to Chadwick Walton.

A disciplined bowling attack tempered the advances of Rutherford and Perera and restricted them from runs as the required run rate began to spiral out of the reach of the chasing Bulls, reaching 20.00 as the batsman struggled at 10 runs per over. Despite a defiant knock from Rutherford, caught on 48, Eoin Morgan’s late arrival to the crease could not prevent his team from falling to another loss, leaving their chance to progress to the next round hanging by a thread as Maratha Arabians cruised to a crushing 30 run win.

Man of the Match Chris Lynn said: “Obviously, aggressive cricket is a brand that our team play. My philosophy is to keep my batting simple, and not over complicate things. That makes the team successful in T10, because we don’t divert from that.”

Speaking following his team’s defeat despite a spirited chase, Delhi Bulls’ Coach Stephen Fleming said: “I’m learning a lot in this new format. It’s a fantastic opportunity to unearth new and emerging talent, and also I’m optimistic about the future of T10. Like with every franchise league, it is going to take some time to develop strategies and formulas specific to the demands of the game, especially in the bowling department”.

Match Report 2: Team Qalandars vs Karnataka Tuskers

Team Qalandars opted to bring the fight to the Karnataka Tuskers, deciding to bat in the second match of the seventh evening of the championship. Rising star Tom Banton opened batting with fellow Englishman Captain Dawid Malan, and inspite of Malan’s early run out, Banton brought a big aggressive batting strategy to bear, smashing the ball far beyond the boundary, time and time again. In spite of Phil Salt’s wicket in the fourth over, caught by Kesrick Williams at midwicket, Banton was relishing the hunt for the boundary rope, and was finding it with every opportunity. Banton sailed to 80 from 27 balls with a strike rate of 286, and a century seemed on the cards for the young batsman, before Sandeep Lamichhane struck Banton directly on the pads. A clearly disappointed Banton left the pitch, but his efforts had brought his team to 100 by the end of the seventh over.

Banton’s wicket precipitated a rout amongst the Qalandars’ middle order batting line-up, as Yorkshire’s Tom Kohler-Cadmore fell with the next ball, Chris Jordan fell the next over, and Seekkuge Prasanna fell two balls after that. Constrained by the wicket-seeking Tuskers’ bowling line-up of Nathan Rimmington, Ahmed Raza, and Kesrick Williams, the Qalandars sought the safety of defensive batting, with Laurie Evans and Mujeeb Ur Rahman taking quick singles over big shots. Yet Evans’ wicket on the penultimate over was a small grace for the Tuskers, who found a large 131 on the scoreboard to chase in the second innings.

The Tuskers began their attack to keep their hopes alive in the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 with smashing a 20 in the first over off the bat of Johnson Charles. In spite of Evin Lewis’ wicket in the second over for 0, the Karnataka openers could not be stopped, with Shafiqullah spiriting another 14 runs, to bring the Tuskers to 34 after 12 balls. Yet the charge could not continue, with both Charles and Shafiqullah falling to the balls of the UAE’s Sultan Ahmed in the third over. Captain Hashim Amla sought a recovery with Worcestershire’s Ross Whiteley, but the captain could only remain at the crease for an over before wicketkeeper Phil Salt whipped off his bails.

The Tuskers’ sought a little stability, but the Qalandars were not prepared to give up their defence of their innings total so lightly. Whiteley was caught on 15, Ahmed Raza was run out for 1, and in spite of finding some boundaries, the Netherlands’ Ryan ten Doeschate was caught on 25. With the teams’ required run rate creeping over 21, the tail-enders sought to survive to the end of the match, but Nathan Rimmington fell for seven and Lamichhane saw his off stump removed for 5 on the match’s penultimate ball. The Qalandars’ brutal bowling attack axed the remainder of the Tuskers’ defence, and hopes in the tournament, leaving the Qalandars to move ahead with three points, putting them in a hopeful position to enter the qualifiers.

Man of the Match, England’s Tom Banton, commented on his team’s performance in the post-match interview: “I think with T10, it’s hit and miss. Obviously, our last two games haven’t gone to plan, but today was a totally different story. I don’t think we are going to change how we play tomorrow – just fingers crossed that we come out with the right result.”

Captain of the losing Karnataka Tuskers, Hashim Amla, commented: “It’s been disappointing, especially as we’ve had a couple of matches where we thought we were close to winning. This game is probably the most disappointing of all, because we were totally outplayed. This loss hurts a little bit more than the others.”

Match Report 3: Deccan Gladiators vs Northern Warriors

As Captain Darren Sammy mentioned yesterday, following his team’s loss to the Bangla Tigers, this was a must win match for the men in maroon to revitalise any chance of retaining the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 trophy.

It seemed openers Lendl Simmons and Nicholas Pooran had heard their Captain loud and clear, as they looked for big shots, smashing some big boundaries into the stands, to build some early momentum and find some much needed traction for the Northern Warriors.

After reaching 33 runs in two overs, Pooran’s big hitting tactics soon backfired as he top edged a Zahoor Khan bouncer into the Abu Dhabi night sky, straight down the throat of Mason Crane, who took a low tumbling catch. 

Simmons however continued with a laser focus, expertly navigating a tricky Crane over, before dispatching Kieron Pollard to the boundary with some ruthless hitting as the Warriors reached 71/1 in the sixth over. The opener watched on as Sam Billings had his middle stump removed, and the dangerous Andre Russell returned to the dugout shortly after his arrival to the crease, as he feathered a bouncer from Ben Cutting to the wicket-keeper.

As Sammy came to the crease, Simmons smashed two huge sixes into the leg side boundary, bringing up a deserved half-century as the Warriors neared 100. Simmons finally met his match in the penultimate over, as Zahoor Khan used a variation of clever bouncers and slower balls to deliver a wicket-maiden, deceiving the Northern Warriors’ opener with a wicked fuller delivery that demolished his stumps on the last ball of the over.

In front of a buzzing crowd of 11,360 at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Australian legend Shane Watson and fan favourite, Mohammad Shahzad, began the run chase in a steady manner. The Afghan big hitter couldn’t delight the fans further as he over exposed his stumps to a Nuwan Pradeep delivery, leaving Shane Watson to get the innings rolling as he smashed two fiery fours and two splendid sixes in a row, as fans finally began to see him in full flow.

Watson looked like a man on a mission, single handily carving out boundaries at will, reaching an incredible half century in only 19 balls. Toward the end of the sixth over, the Deccan Gladiators found themselves with the upper hand, needing 38 runs from 23 balls with Watson continue to frustrate the bowling attack of the Northern Warriors, who were slowly losing discipline and focus as the match began to slip away from them.

However, as the match entered the final two overs, the Warriors found themselves still in the game and had a delicate lead of 24 runs that had to be chased down by Watson and Anton Devcich in 11 balls. The Warriors sensed a comeback victory as Devcich departed the field of play. The responsibility to bowl the final over was placed on UAE’s pacer Junaid Siddique, a decision that was quickly vindicated as he struck Kieron Pollard plumb on the pads for a golden duck and bowling a super final over that handed victory to his team by 10 runs, sparking wild celebrations from skipper Darren Sammy.

Despite the disappointing defeat, Shane Watson praised the high energy of the fans at Zayed Cricket Stadium saying: “We are disappointed with the loss, especially since we were in a strong position through the middle overs, but they brought on their best bowlers and we lost our momentum at the crucial time. It’s awesome to be able to play with a good crowd – it really gets you going and makes it easier to motivate yourself play some good cricket.”

After helping his team to victory Junaid Siddique commented on the match saying: “This is was a must win match for us, and Watson playing the shots that he was really made life difficult for us, but we had a good bowling plan and we executed it well.”

He, like fellow UAE teammate Ahmed Raza did the day before also commented on what the league’s move to Abu Dhabi is doing for the professional development and exposure for local players.

“The T10 in Abu Dhabi is fantastic for the development of the sport here and for young talent in the country to be able to get experience playing at a high level.”

The action will continue tomorrow as the teams’ battle for the semi-finals intensifies with Delhi Bulls taking the field against Team Qalandars for the opening match at 15:30, followed by a top of the table clash between leaders Maratha Arabians and second placed Bangla Tigers. The action will wrap up with Team Abu Dhabi making a push for the semi-finals against Hashim Amla’s Karnataka Tuskers.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 22 November 2019: The Delhi Bulls became the first team to depart the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 2019 as they came unstuck in a thrilling match against the Qalandars, who are quickly gaining momentum to become dark horses for the title. In a match dominated by bowlers, a total of 15 wickets fell as the Qalandars clinched victory with the very last ball of the innings, lifting them into third place.

The Delhi Bulls opted to open the batting, breaking from conventional T10 wisdom, and the early wickets of Angelo Mathews for 5 in the first over, and of Perera and Rutherford in the third for 14 and 2 respectively, may have left the team questioning their toss decision.

Captain Eoin Morgan came onto the pitch needing to calm a spiralling side. He and young Surrey prodigyWill Jacks attempted to steady the ship, but Morgan was caught by the UAE’s Sultan Ahmed with Jacks’ taken two balls later froma diving moment of the match catch from SeekkugePrasana.

In the face of an attacking Qalandars, the Delhi Bulls attempted to halt the haemorrhage of wickets, but the men in green were unstoppable, punishing Waheed Ahmed’s bails for a mix up when running between the wickets.

Afghanistan’sMohammad Nabi was undeterred by his team’s collapse, and brought to his innings aggression and self-confidence, smashing the ball to every part of the stadium. Joined by England’s Adil Rashid, Nabi worked with urgency to improve the Bulls’ dire situation. His shots, however, could not be sustained, as Lahiru Kumara split Nabi’s stumps, leaving the Afghan big hitter on 48 off 21 deliveries. Kumara took his second wicket of the innings, trapping Pierre on the final delivery of the innings, giving the Qalandars a low 99 runs to chase down.

The Bulls, however, were not to let their chances in the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 slip so lightly. They began an aggressive bowling attack that was angling for wickets, and Phil Salt’s dismissal in the first over gave the bowlers a much needed confidence boost. Khary Pierre took the wicket ofDawid Malan, in spite of spirited attempts to lift the ball over the boundary from the Qalandars’ Captain. Former Indian favourite Zaheer Khan joined the attack, taking the two wickets of Laurie Evans for 11 and Peter Trego for three in one over, whilst only conceding four runs.

Enter Tom Kohler-Cadmorewho found a form out at the crease. The young Yorkshire player shot to 27 off 12 deliveries, but lost his wicket to the UAE’s Waheed Ahmed as the Bulls’ unrelenting bowling attack sought more and more opportunities.

With the game on a knife’s edge, fans at a packed Zayed Cricket Stadium felt the electric tension crackle around the pitch, with the Qalandars requiring 18 runs in the final two overs. As the shadows drew overAbu Dhabi, the Delhi Bulls tried to maintain the brutal pace of their bowling attack, with Sultan Ahmed losing his wicket for three. Nevertheless, the Bulls could not withhold the power of the Qalandars, and the men in green won with a glorious six from Garton off the final ball, sealing victory for his team.

Team Qalandars’ Captain Dawid Malan commented on benefits of the T10 format: “The good thing about T20 and T10 cricket is that you have to learn. If you don’t learn, you keep making the same mistakes and you’re going to cost your team games, be that with the bat or with the ball. It’s a great learning curve in this tournament to have to learn on your feet, and to have to be quick to adapt. It’s always about developing yourself as a player.”

Speaking after his team’s disappointing loss and subsequent exit from the tournament, Eoin Morgan said: “On paper we had a really strong team, but we continued to underperform throughout the group stage, especially in matches that we felt we should have won, because we know how unpredictable T10 cricket can be, where you need to play constant aggressive cricket, which isn’t always easy. It’s great to see the crowds in Abu Dhabi coming to see the cricket, and hopefully this format can evolve and improve over the next few years”.

The cricketing action continues with league leaders Maratha Arabians battling against second placed Bangla Tigersat 17.45, followed by a must win match for both teams as Team Abu Dhabi take on the Karnataka Tuskers at 20.00.

ENDS

About Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10

The Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 is a professional ten-over format cricket league launched by T10 Sports Management and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board and approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body of international cricket. It is the first ever internationally approved ten-over format league.

Matches have 10-over-a-side format and duration of 45 minutes a side, totalling 90 minutes of play. The tournament is played over ten days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final. In August 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) officially sanctioned the league.

About Abu Dhabi Cricket

Abu Dhabi Cricket (ADC) is supported by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and operates under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan.

ADC is ushering in an exciting new era of cricket in Abu Dhabi with significant investment in facilities and operational upgrades. In addition to the iconic Zayed Cricket Stadium the venue now boasts the following impressive facilities: 2 x floodlit nursery cricket ovals, international standard cricket nets facility, 4 x floodlit netball courts, 5-a-side “Soccer City”, 4 x multi-purpose floodlit AstroTurf pitches and 5 x FIFA approved grass, floodlit football pitches.

ADC was founded on 20th November 1996, with the impressive Zayed Cricket Stadium, considered among the world’s best, being completed in 2005. The Stadium’s inaugural international match was staged between India and Pakistan in April 2006 and was attended by 20,000 enthusiastic fans.

Zayed Cricket Stadium has hosted numerous domestic and international matches since that day. The electric atmosphere of the Pakistan vs. India match was rivalled when the Indian Premier League arrived in 2014.

2018 saw the stadium’s biggest season to date with over 75,000 fans flooding the stands throughout the 2018 ACC Asia Cup, Pakistan vs. Australia series, Pakistan vs. New Zealand series and of course the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 – during which six of the world’s biggest T20 franchises descended upon the UAE capital to vie for championship honours.

Though cricket is at the core of operations, ADC also prides itself on the world-class facilities available, catering to sportsmen and women of all ages and abilities from elite international players to community sports enthusiasts.

In addition to the international cricket season that was, ADC has also welcomed and hosted the likes of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) England Lions for their 2018 tour of the UAE, New Zealand’s All Black 7s and Black Fern 7s rugby teams ahead of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s (of which both teams emerged champions) and Japan, Oman, Syria, China, Yemen, Iran, Thailand, India and South Korea’s football training camps ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

The facility has also been used by several other international associations as a winter training destination, most notably many professional English County teams who return year after year for their pre-season camps.

The recent investments to develop the facility have truly ensured that ADC is known for more than cricket. Indeed, Abu Dhabi Cricket has become the home for a range of coaching academies, clubs, groups and schools for football, touch rugby, netball, basketball, squash and much more. 

 About Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

ADSC is aligned with the emirate’s leadership vision to develop sport and youth activities. The Council promotes an effective, emirate-wide sports calendar that stimulates the desire to participate in quality sports among all Abu Dhabi residents and helps the talented and motivated reach their sporting potential.

The Council also hosts and supports the staging of international world-class sporting events. These include: the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA; the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; the ITU World Triathlon Series; the Gary Player Invitational; the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour, the Red Bull Air Race; the Mubadala World Tennis Championship; the 2017 and 2018 FIFA Club World Cups UAE; the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE and the UCI WorldTour event, The UAE Tour.

We at ADSC firmly believe that sporting events deliver a host of benefits for the emirate and its residents. These span improved health and wellness, the building of community spirit, the discovering of local talent and the delivery of international exposure of the emirate as a world-class sporting events hub.

Abu Dhabi, November 21, 2019

A Dh10,000 might not be a large amount for many well-off people in the UAE. However, it is a huge amount for a labourer who earns merely Dh800 per month. For him, a Dh10,000 raffle win is more than a year’s income!

Every day, one lucky cricket fan attending the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 walks away with Dh10,000 in cash once his ticket is picked up through the raffle draw. For many of these lowincome labourers, this added cash changes their lives. For them, it is close to 200,000 – give or take a few thousand – in their local currency, enough for a family’s annual cost of running the family or a wedding in the family!

So far, six winners of the daily raffle draw walked away with Dh10,000 each in the draws conducted during the first six days at the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10. Most of them couldn’t believe it, and took time to digest the news.

“Insha Allah I will use this money to fulfil the needs of my family and I will donate some of the money to the people those who are in need of it,” said Mohammed Nadeem Khan from Islamabad Pakistan, winner of the raffle draw on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the fifth day of the tournament.

Every day, Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 league shells out Dh10,000 throughout the ten-day league – to bring smile to one of the cricket fans.

“The whole idea to spend Dh100,000 over ten days in raffle draws is to give something back to the people who come and cheer for their team. For a labourer, it is tough to get out of the daily 10-12 hour grind and come to stadium to watch cricket matches,” Shaji Ul Mulk, Founder and Chairman of Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, said.

“It is a big deal for the workers to be able to take a half-day off from duty to come and watch cricket matches. We want to honour all the spectators who allocate time for the game. This is our way to say ‘Thank you’ to them. The win comes as a pleasant surprise – something they are not used to.

“We are very happy to bring smile and happiness to many of the spectators who are supporting the teams and in turn, the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10.”

In order to participate in the raffle draw, a visitor to the stadium has to drop part of the ticket in the box. Every day, one lucky winner walks away with Dh10,000 cash prize money. However, in order to win, the holder of the ticket has to be present in the stadium. Those who are absent during the draw, do not qualify.

Jagdish Kumar, a musician hailing from Rajasthan state of India, winner of the raffle draw on Wednesday, was full of surprise, although his expression was measured. He works in Abu Dhabi as a painter, earning Dh900 per month.

The raffle win is nearly his one year’s income, landing on his lap in cash and in one bundle – thanks to Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10.

“I am going to transfer the entire amount to my family back home – in Ratan Ghat in Rajasthan. I have three children including a physically challenged. My mother also lives with us. This Dh10,000 is like a blessing from the God and it will help take care of my family.

“Although I used to be part of a band party, playing music on social occasions, wedding and other events, I now work as a painter with a company in Abu Dhabi. I came to watch the matches in this tournament, when my colleagues organised this trip to the stadium.

“I am happy to have come here and I am elated with this ‘Gift from the God’. I might have done something very good and God has noticed it. I am grateful to the organiser of the T10 League and Mr Shaji Ul Mulk who is here with me today to give me the raffle money.”

Jagdish Kumar, 43, the musician-turned-painter, has been in the UAE for the last two and a half years, earning Dh900 per month. This is the biggest amount he has handled in this period, at the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10.

Bilal, who recently married, said, “I am extremely happy to win the raffle and I will send the entire amount to my family back home. It is a wonderful moment and I am really happy to win this money.”

Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 has budgeted Dh100,000 for raffle winners – to encourage more people to come and watch matches every day.

21st November 2019

The Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 wishes to advise that Andre Fletcher of the Bangla Tigers was on 20th November 2019, charged by Match Referee Wendell Labrooy for a breach of the ADT10 Code of Conduct during the match against Team Abu Dhabi.

Russell was charged with a level one offence under section 2.8 of the code for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision. On field umpires Lyndon Hannibal and Buddhi Pradhan and third umpire Billy Taylor leveled the charge.

Fletcher has accepted the charge and will be fined 10% of his match fee.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Thursday 21 November 2019:On Wednesday 20th November 2019, in the second innings of the Deccan Gladiators vs. Team Abu Dhabi match, rain suspended play at 21.30, with covers coming on immediately at Zayed Cricket Stadium.

Match Officials confirmed that play would resume at 21:46, with the view to reduce the match to five overs, implementing the Duckworth Lewis System (DLS).

DLS target discussions continued between Team Management and Match Officials as both teams took to the field. Supporting documentation was requested, and this was not immediately available before the scheduled 21.59 match cut-off time. The Match Referee subsequently decided to abandon the match.

Both Deccan Gladiators and Team Abu Dhabi will receive one point each for last night’s draw.

The Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 heads into its seventh day with the Delhi Bulls against the Maratha Arabians, the Karnataka Tuskers against Team Qalandars, and the Deccan Gladiators against the Northern Warriors.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 20 November 2019: On the sixth day of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10,matches opened with a minute of silence to commemorate the passing of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, brother of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and the President’s representative, along with all players of today’s matches wearing black arm bands as a mark of respect. Fans as well as players remained silent during the ceremony, and flags at the ground flew at half-mast in tribute.

The fifth day of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 has seen the Deccan Gladiators defend off Team Qalandars attempt to chase 129, the Northern Warriors pound the Delhi Bulls, and the Bangla Tigers bowlers’ decimate Team Abu Dhabi, winning by 27 runs.

Match Report 1: Deccan Gladiators vs. Team Qalandars

Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad struck early and hard for the Deccan Gladiators after Team Qalandars placed them into bat. He and Captain Shane Watson started an innings focused on posting a score big enough to defend and the partnership delivered with Shazad hitting a six off the very first ball. Watson was disappointed with his dismissal for 30, but the Gladiators had already made their half century in four overs by that moment.

Gladiators’ fans welcomed the sight of Kieron Pollard strolling to the crease, hoping for the magic of the previous night, yet his departure for two, only two deliveries later, left a ripple of concern amongst the crowd. However, Shahzad kept the ship steady, ripping balls to and over the deep midwicket boundary time and time again. Shahzad stormed to his half century off just18 balls, but lost his wicket at the opening of the seventh over, caught at long on by Phil Salt, ending his innings on 57 off 21 balls comprising 6 sixes and 3 fours. Shahzad’s momentum was picked up by Aussie Ben Cutting and Sri Lankan BhanukaRajapaska, who drove the Gladiators to post a target of 129 to beat.

Team Qalandars’ Luke Ronchi and Tom Banton revved themselves for a steep run chase, being placed under pressure from the Gladiators’ pace and power of Pollard and Stephen Cottrell. Banton was blown away by the power of Pollard’s bowling when he lofted a dolly to mid-off for nine, before Ronchi was caught behind by Mohammad Shahzad for 17.

Phil Salt and Dawid Malan attempted to chase and hit the Gladiators’ total, but the odds became increasingly perilous for the pair as they faced 92 runs off 32 deliveries halfway through the match. Nevertheless, they kept delivering big shots, confounding the Gladiators’ bowling line up with batting that defied the power and speed that was coming down the wicket. The two men kept up a good humour as they played, accepting their defeat gracefully following masterly batting from Shahzad. In spite of Malan’s final sixes in the last over, Team Qalandars closed on 104 for two, leaving the Deccan Gladiators to win by 24 runs.

Man of the Match, Mohammad Shahzad, commented following his performance: “T10 is a very fast format, and it is very ideal for batsmen like me to enjoy their cricket and play with freedom.”

Dawid Malan, Captain of Team Qalandars, said: “Unfortunately we are disappointed with the loss, but I stand by the decision to chase. That’s something that comes easier for us a team, but as the tournament progresses and the wicket gets quicker, we are seeing much higher totals that are becoming easier to defend.”

Match Report 2 – Northern Warriors vs. Delhi Bulls

The clash between Northern Warriors and Delhi Bulls started in an emphatic fashion with a dramatic first over in which Australian spinner Chris Green found himself on a hat trick on the third ball of the first over following the brilliant dismissals of KusalPerera and Sherfane Rutherford. Green continued to bamboozle the hapless Delhi Bulls’ batsmen with yet another ripper, this time through the defences of Muhammad Usman, to register impressive figures of 3-6 in only eight balls. The Bulls once again found themselves reliant on the partnership of Eoin Morgan and Angelo Matthews, as they found themselves at 23-3 after three overs.

Boundaries dried up as the Warriors’ impressive spinners suffocated their opponents from runs. The pair however dug deep, with Morgan smashing three magnificent sixes in an over, a much-needed turning point in the innings. Despite Matthews’ fall, Captain Eoin charged on, reaching a tenacious half-century with a glorious six midway through the seventh over, but he departed shortly after, leaving his team 15 runs shy of a hundred. Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi and England’s David Willey carried Delhi Bulls over the hundred mark, ensuring a strong end to their innings in the face of aggressive warriors’ bowling, giving them a lead of 107 to defend.

As night descended over the Zayed Cricket Stadium, Northern Warriors’ rearranged top batting order looked to provide a blistering start for their team in order to improve their performance in the tournament. West Indian pair Nicholas Pooran and Lendl Simmons duly delivered, devastating the Bulls’ pace attack, posting 48 runs in 22 balls before the latter fell, failing to make ground before he was run out by wicket keeper KusalPerera. Fans watched in delight as Andre Russell brought his trademark maverick batting style to the crease, putting his team in the driving seat with a rapid 22 runs from 7 deliveries before succumbing to a bouncer from Sri Lankan fast pace bowler DushmanthaChameera.

Nicholas Pooran watched as Sam Billings lost his wicket for a cheap seven and Captain Darren Sammy was dismissed for a duck, but Pooran continued to anchor the innings through a disciplined batting performance that inched his team closer to victory.  The opener clinched victory for his team and a half-century for himself with an awesome display of power hitting that shot the final ball over the bowler’s head for six – handing the Northern Warriors  a six wicket victory.

Following his deserving Man of the Match performance for his 56 off 25* Nicholas Pooran, commented in the post-match press conference: “We had a very aggressive game plan with both bat and ball, and that is something that gave me the freedom to go out there and play some nice shots today. I knew that if I was to stay to the end of the innings then we would win the game comfortably, so all in all it was a perfect run chase.”

Despite his team’s loss Morgan seemed intent on focusing on the positives of the format of T10, commenting: “I love this format. It certainly has a massive x-factor, and is extremely popular with the fans as well as the players, because it pushes us to take greater risk and adapt to a faster game.”

Match Report 3 – Bangla Tigers vs. Team Abu Dhabi

Team Abu Dhabi faced off against the dominant Bangla Tigers in the fifth night of action in the tournament. The local lads in yellow elected to field, placing the Tigers into bat.

The dangerous openers of the Tigers, Andre Fletcher and RileeRossouw, powered through the initial onslaught of Team Abu Dhabi bowlers, with Captain Moeen Ali conceding 18 runs in the opening over to a double pair of sixes from Fletcher. Fletcher added a magnificent 42 off a short 15 balls to the Tigers’ total, before being caught at deep midwicket while trying to find the boundary rope. The Tigers’ confidence remained undented however, with Colin Ingram working with Rossouw to push the Tigers to 93 at the end of the seventh over.

Team Abu Dhabi’s Ben Laughlin snagged his first and second wicket in the seventh over, taking Ingram and then Moores in three balls, posting impressive figures of two for 12. Rossouw, still stable at the stumps, was joined by Robbie Frylinck, and the two men pushed the Tigers to post 129, with Rossouw flinging a ball off Rohan Mustafa for six runs in the penultimate over.

The Tigers’ ferocious bowling unit sought to rip through Team Abu Dhabi, with Frylinck and Liam Plunkett zipping balls to openers Luke Wright and Avishka Fernando. Yet Fernando’s six off Plunkett’s first delivery set the tone for a decisive Team Abu Dhabi fightback. The Tigers’ found relief with Wright’s wicket at 20, but Sri Lanka’s Fernando shot to 40 off 15.

Disaster struck for Team Abu Dhabi in their seventh over, when Fernando’s final attempt to vault a ball to the heavens was caught by Tigers’ Captain and fellow Sri LankanPerera. In spite of Fernando’s big hitting providing 51 off 21 balls and a strike rate of 243, he could not keep Team Abu Dhabi aloft, leaving the hopes of fans for their team’s victory in the balance. Afghan Qais Ahmed struck again with the next ball, splitting the stumps of Wayne Masden for four.

The Tigers raced through the remainder of Abu Dhabi’s opposition, with Perera taking AlexDavies for eight and Lewis Gregory for three. In spite of the efforts of Team Abu Dhabi’s batsmen, the Tigers romped home with a win of 27 runs, placing the team second in the Super League stage of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10.

Man of the Match, Andre Fletcher, commented on his batting performance: “I’m doing well in T10 so far. It seems to suit my style of batting, and I’m grateful for playing in such a tournament where you are exposed to a lot of quality cricket in such a short amount of time.”

Paceman Ben Laughlin of Team Abu Dhabi commented in the post-match press conference: “I think it’s a really good wicket here in Abu Dhabi, with teams posting some big runs. The competition is pretty tough out there with the amount of world class international cricketers playing. There aren’t many places to hide in T10, we have to do our research and come back stronger and start building some momentum.”

Day six of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 will bring the Karnataka Tuskers into the firing line of the Maratha Arabians’ lethal bowling line up; the Bangla Tigers will try to constrain the big power hitting of the Northern Warriors, and Shane Watson’s Deccan Gladiators will clash with Moeen Ali’s Team Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi, November 19, 2019:

Three winners of the daily raffle draw walked away with Dh10,000 each in the draws conducted during the first three days at the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10.

Every day, Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 league shells out Dh10,000 throughout the ten-day league – to bring smile to one of the cricket fans.

In order to participate in the raffle draw, a visitor to the stadium has to drop part of the ticket in the box. Every day, one lucky winner walks away with Dh10,000 cash prize money. However, in order to win, the holder of the ticket has to be present in the stadium. Those who are absent during the draw, do not qualify.

Syed Hassan Ali, a Pakistani eye specialist won the first draw conducted on Friday, November 15, 2019 while Bilal Hussain, a Pakistani worker won the prize in the raffle draw conducted on Saturday, November 16, 2019. Sandip Taman, a Nepalese worker who came to the UAE on a work visa barely two weeks ago, won Dh10,000 on Sunday, November 17, 2019 evening.

“We want to share our success with our stakeholders – hundreds of thousands of cricket fans. We want to see more happy faces as they cheer for their favourite teams,” Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, said. “The daily raffle draw is planned to give back something to the crowd and spread happiness.

“I am happy to see this raffle win is making a difference in the life of the winners and adding happiness to their daily life. It is a token of appreciation from us to the cricket fans across the UAE and we would like to see more happy faces every day.”
Bilal, who recently married, said, “I am extremely happy to win the raffle and I will send the entire amount to my family back home. It is a wonderful moment and I am really happy to win this money.”

For Sandip Thamang, it is a big surprise and he looked visibly shocked with the win. “I landed in the UAE two weeks ago, to work for a company. My visa is not yet stamped and I also do not have my Emirates ID card. I came to watch cricket matches with friends and then I became lucky,” said the visibly shaky winner, still trying to recover from the surprise.

Sandip, the only child of his parents, will send the money home to his parents. “It will be a surprise gift to them, coming within weeks of my entry in to the UAE and I am really happy.”

He seemed to be worried of losing the jackpot, when officials asked for his identity card – Emirates ID, or passport with visa stamped – none of which are ready.

Ismail Hassan, Head of Legal and Government Relations, said, “That’s not a problem, as long as he produces an identity with a photo. This is a welcome gift from all of us to him to welcome Sandip to the UAE.”

Bilal Hussain, a Pakistani national from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, said, this extra income will bring added happiness to his family, including his parents, siblings and wife.

“I will send the money to my family and they will be really happy with this extra remittance. I am happy that I came to watch T10 matches,” he said.

Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 has budgeted Dh100,000 for raffle winners – to encourage more people to come and watch matches every day.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 19 November 2019: The Deccan Gladiators have won the first match of the second stage of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, with a blitzingbatting performance from Mohammad Shahzad proving impossible for Team Qalandars to overcome. In spite of the efforts of Skipper Dawid Malan and Phil Salt with the bat, the Deccan Gladiators successfully defended 128 in the first match of the day.

Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad struck early and hard for the Deccan Gladiators after Team Qalandars placed them into bat. He and Captain Shane Watson started an innings focused on posting a score big enough to defend and the partnership delivered with Shazad hitting a six off the very first ball. Watson was disappointed with his dismissal for 30, but the Gladiators had already made their half century in four overs by that moment.

Gladiators’ fans welcomed the sight of Kieron Pollard strolling to the crease, hoping for the magic of the previous night, yet his departure for two, only two deliveries later, left a ripple of concern amongst the crowd. However, Shahzad kept the ship steady, ripping balls to and over the deep midwicket boundary time and time again. Shahzad stormed to his half century off just18 balls, but lost his wicket at the opening of the seventh over caught at long on by Phil Salt ending his innings on 57 off 21 balls comprising 6 sixes and 3 fours. Shahzad’s momentum was picked up by Aussie Ben Cutting and Sri Lankan BhanukaRajapaska, who drove the Gladiators to post a target of 129 to beat.

Team Qalandars’ Luke Ronchi and Tom Bantonrevved themselves for a steep run chase, being placed under pressure from the Gladiators’ pace and power of Pollard and Stephen Cottrell. Banton was blown away by the power of Pollard’s bowling when he lofted a dolly to mid-off for nine, before Ronchi was caught behind by Mohammad Shahzad for 17.

Phil Salt and Dawid Malan attempted to chase and hit the Gladiators’ total, but the odds became increasingly perilous for the pair as they faced 92 runs off 32 deliveries halfway through the match. Nevertheless, they kept delivering big shots, confounding the Gladiators’ bowling line up with batting that defied the power and speed that was coming down the wicket. The two men kept up a good humour as they played, accepting their defeat gracefully following masterly batting from Shahzad.In spite of Malan’s final sixes in the last over, Team Qalandars closed on 104 for two, leaving the Deccan Gladiators to win by 24 runs.

Man of the Match, Mohammad Shahzad, commented following his performance: “T10 is a very fast format, and it is very ideal for batsmen like me to enjoy their cricket and play with freedom.”

Dawid Malan, Captain of Team Qalandars, said: “Unfortunately we are disappointed with the loss, but I stand by the decision to chase. That’s something that comes easier for us a team, but as the tournament progresses and the wicket gets quicker, we are seeing much higher totals that are becoming easier to defend.”

The action of the fifth night of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 continues, with the Delhi Bulls and the Northern Warriors clashing at 17:45, before the Bangla Tigers clash with Team Abu Dhabi at 20:00.

 Dubai, November 19, 2019:

Thousands of cricket fans thronged Zayed Cricket Stadium on Monday – a weekday, to cheer their favourite teams in the adrenalin-pumping action-packed matches.

Flags, banners, festoons and musical instruments, such as flute and drums added to the festive mood as theme songs of the playing sides along with Bollywood music spiced up the environment at the Zayed Cricket Stadium – home of cricket in the Gulf region.

A large section of the crowd wore team jersey and waved team flags to encourage their teams to score big. They came out in scores despite having a long and tiring working day. However, their passion for cricket inspired them to come and watch the matches – that takes place between 3:30 pm and 10:00 pm.

They cheered with every boundaries or every wicket that fell – depending on which side they supported, as the first round of the ten-day Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 drew to a close and the battle lines for the next round has been fixed.

“This is a great achievement for not only the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, but also for cricket in the UAE. The active participation of the crowd amid loud cheers reflect the level of their passion,” Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, said.

“Yesterday’s (Monday) crowd was higher than even the weekends and this is a great achievement for all of us.”

Cricket fans also have the chance to win Dh10,000 per day through a daily raffle draw. Three of the first four winners are labourers who defied their strict working hours and came to watch the T10 matches.
“The T10 format is fun and exciting to watch and I am happy to be here,” said Sandip Thamang, a newcomer to the UAE, who landed in the UAE just two weeks ago, from Nepal on a work visa.

“When my co-workers in the labour accommodation where I stay, told me about the Abu Dhabi T10 matches, I agreed to come and this is really exciting. I am enjoying.”

Sandip is one of the winners of the Dh10,000 raffle draw – which is paid to the winner in cash, upon verification of their identity – every day.

Zayed Cricket Stadium has a capacity to host 21,000 people.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Tuesday 19 November: The fourth day of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 has been dominated by big hitting batting performances, with both Kieron Pollard of the Deccan Gladiators and Chris Lynn of the Maratha Arabians wielding the bat to drive their teams to victory. The Gladiators beat the Karnataka Tuskers through the shots of Pollard, the Arabians blasted past Team Abu Dhabi, and the Bangla Tigers and the Delhi Bulls drew on 108 in a thrilling final match to end the night. Match Report 1: Deccan Gladiators vs. Karnataka Tuskers Shane Watson’s Deccan Gladiators put the Karnataka Tuskers into bat, and the men in light-blue attempted a fast-paced charge to post a target with a comfortable margin. Johnson Charles and EvinLewis began the innings, seeking to find a foundation on which to build, before Lewis was bowled in the third over by  an electric Zahir Khan delivery. HashimAmla picked up the chase and sought with Charles to find the boundary rope in the face of the Gladiators’ bowling attack. The Gladiators’ pierced the Tuskers’ partnership with the wicket of Charles for 35off a quick 18 deliveries. English county cricketer Ross Whiteley joined Captain Amla at the crease, adding thirteen runs to the Tuskers’ scoreboard, before being caught by Watson at the end of the penultimate over. Sri Lanka’s UpulTharanga and Amla completed the Tuskers’ innings, posting a high but not impossible target of 110 to beat. Captain Shane Watson lost his wicket in the first over of the Gladiators’ innings, setting the omen for a top order collapse that toppled Afghan Mohammad Shahzad for 13, England’s Dan Lawrence for 11, and Kiwi Anton Devcich for 5, leaving the Gladiators requiring a steep 74 runs from a short 33 balls. The Tuskers’ victory seemed inevitable, until Kieron Pollard walked onto the pitch. Pollard blasted away the Tuskers’ bowling attack, swatting ball after ball to the boundary in spite of the Tuskers’ efforts. In the sixth over, Pollard pulled 30 runs onto the board, as the Tuskers sought to regain control in a match that was slipping from them. The loss of Sri Lanka’s Bhanuka Rajapaksa didn’t quell the Gladiators’ fight back, with tense aggression gripping the field through the final overs. Pollard closed the innings on 45 off 22, winning the match for the Gladiators by five wickets with nine balls remaining. Shane Watson, Captain of the Deccan Gladiators, commented: “We are really fortunate to have a player like Pollard coming in to our middle over. The way he bats, like he showed today, he can take the game away from opponents in an over.” Speaking after match, HashimAmla, Captain of the Karnataka Tuskers, said: “Pollard played a seriously good knock, although we played a really good game. But when a player of his calibre delivers a performance like that, sometimes you just have to tip your hat to opponents and move on.” Match Report 2: Maratha Arabians vs. Team Abu Dhabi After being placed into bat, the Maratha Arabians’ openers HazratullahZazai and Chris Lynn set off sprinting, racing to 37 in three overs. Team Abu Dhabi’s Ben Laughlin took the wicket of Hazratullah for 12, as Adam Lyth entered the fray. Smart running between the wickets and some thunderous shots including four consecutive sixes from Lynn catapulted the Arabians to 58 by the fifth over. Team Abu Dhabi struggled as Lynn reached a magnificent half century off only 19 deliveries, to the chagrin of opposition Captain Moeen Ali. The Arabians were on track to post the highest score of the championship so far. The bowlers in yellow toiled, but Lyth and Lynn could not be halted by the deliveries of bowlers such as Marchant de Lange and Harry Gurney. In spite of Lyth’s dismissal in the final over, Team Abu Dhabi could not constrain the rampant Arabians, closing on 139, the highest total of the tournament so far. Local boys, Team Abu Dhabi, faced a daunting run chase ahead and a lethal bowling attack packed with the experience of Sri Lankan death bowler LasithMalinga and New Zealander MitchellMcClenaghan. Despite the odd boundary, the variation shown by the Maratha Arabians’ bowlers restricted Team Abu Dhabi to a low 22 in the first three overs. After NiroshanDickwella was taken by a stunning dive catch from behind the stumps by Chadwick Walton, it fell to Moeen Ali to rebuild the chase, using his power hitting skills and smooth drives to leave his team needing 87 runs from 36 balls. However, Moeen mistimed a drive, presenting an easy catch for Walton. In spite of a defiant innings by England’s Luke Wright, Team Abu Dhabi fans were left praying for a magical big over that never came. In spite of Team Abu Dhabi posting a respectable 114, the Maratha Arabians sealed their victory and their place at the top of group B in the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 with a 24 run lead. Man of the Match, Chris Lynn, said: “It was a bit gutting that I didn’t reach my century, which would have been the first of the T10, but toward the last few overs my partner at the other end was also hitting boundaries. At the end of the day, I’m just pleased we had a good result and managed to win.” Despite not having played today, the legendary Yuvraj Singh, batsman for the Maratha Arabians, commented: “T10 is a very fast paced game, and slowly you get used to the tempo, but you have to be switched on all the time. I think we bounced back very well from our opening defeat, and there is a lot of confidence in our abilities as a team.” Captain of Team Abu Dhabi, Moeen Ali, said in the post-match interview: “We played on a fresh wicket today, and Lynn damaged us with everything he’s got, so we are obviously bitterly disappointed. As a batsman I know that when you find your rhythm, it’s very difficult for someone to stop you. It is not going to be long before we see the first century of this tournament.” Match Report 3: Delhi Bulls vs. Bangla Tigers RileeRossouw and Andre Fletcher opened the Bangla Tigers’ innings after skipper Thisara Perera won the toss and elected to bat. Fletcher sought to open his arm and recreate his performance from the previous night of action, but a catch from SherfaneRutherford put an end to his big-hitting ambitions dismissed for 8. Colin Ingram lasted just two deliveries at the crease before his own departure for 4. Rossouw and Moores sought tempo and runs, finding occasional boundaries, before both batsmen were caught by the West Indies’ Rutherford. The Bulls’ bowlers sniffed wickets, and found them in quick succession. Pererawas next to fall for six and Robbie Frylinck for 11. At 84 with 12 balls remaining, the Tigers needed to sprint for more wickets and South African David Weise and the UAE’s own Chirag Suri sought chances. In spite of his wicket on the match’s penultimate delivery, Weise managed to find opportunities to lift the ball over the boundary rope twice, placing his team on a defendable 108. England’s pace machine, Liam Plunkett, delivered the speedy wicket of the UAE’s Muhammad Usman. The Bulls’ spirits were not dampened by the Tigers’ attack, with KusalPerera and Sherfane Rutherford slipping through and over the deep fielders to the crowds’ delight. Perera fell on a strong 43 off a mere 18 deliveries, followed by Rutherford two overs later on 18, bringing the Bulls to require 46 off 29 deliveries. Angelo Mathews and Eoin Morgan created a steady partnership, with a keen sense of finding weaknesses in the Tigers’ fielding strategy. Plunkett and David Weise tried to find a chink in the Bulls’ armour, but Morgan and Mathews avoided the Tigers’ traps with care. However, such caution found the Bulls short by 17 runs at the start of the final over, leading to a boundary from Mathews and a six from Morgan. The batsmen’s desperation for runs led to Mathews being run out in the second-to-last ball of the match, and the Bulls finished the innings, locked with the Tigers, both sitting on 108. Man of the Match, KusalPerera of the Delhi Bulls, commented: “When I bat, I’m always trying to be positive, looking to take risky shots, because in the T10 you don’t have that much time to settle in and make runs. But all in all, we have to take the tie as a positive result for us today.” ThisaraPerera commented on the Bangla Tiger’s performance: “That’s the T10 for you. You never really know what’s going to happen until the very last ball. At times it looked they were going to win, but then we snatched some of the momentum back, and it ended in a very exciting draw.” Day five of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 will bring more action and drama, as the teams enter the second stage of the tournament. Shane Watson’s Deccan Gladiators will face off against Team Qalandars, the Delhi Bulls will lock horns against the Northern Warriors, and the Bangla Tigers will meet with Team Abu Dhabi. The tournament, which will run through to 24 November, is being broadcast in India on Sony Six and Sony Ten 3. To purchase tickets and hospitality passes, please visit: https://www.q-tickets.com/AbuDhabit10

Abu Dhabi, November 18, 2019 :

Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 today announced a new owner of Karnataka Tuskers – Mr Krishan Kumar Choudhary, a seasoned businessman and a famous producer of Bollywood movies.

Mr Krishan Kumar Choudhary is a dynamic businessman, known for his contributions in diverse economic sectors including real estate and entertainment in South Asia. His journey has been quite instrumental as a financier and moved towards production of TV shows and commercial movies. He has produced more than 12 super hit movies in the shortest span of time and has another 3 movies in the pipeline to be released in 2020.

Welcoming the new owner of Karnataka Tuskers, Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, said, “I take the opportunity to welcome Mr Krishan Choudhary as the new owner of Karnataka Tuskers – the new franchise of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10. He brings considerable experience in business, entertainment and now sports.

“As an investor, he has already been contributing to the UAE economy. Under his dynamic leadership, I’m sure the Tuskers will go places and contribute to the development of the cricket in the UAE and elsewhere.”

Mr Krishan Choudhary made his name in hospitality by getting the biggest brand Playboy to India and following it up with another 6 renowned clubs all over India. His recent acquisition includes a hotel in Dubai.

Mr Choudhary, who is also an investor in numerous projects in the UAE and abroad, said, “We are very happy and excited to be part of the T10 journey. I thank the T10 Sports Management to give us an opportunity to serve the game of cricket.
“I see a great opportunity for me and my team to contribute to the development of the shortest format of cricket – the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10. We are here to partner with all stakeholders to take the league to the next level, and have some fun.”

Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, which is being hosted in Abu Dhabi for the first time from November 14 to 24, has seen some exciting actions. Karnataka Tuskers have made headlines by winning its first match.

Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, the world’s only ten-over cricket league to be officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has finalised the team groupings through a Team Draw.

T10 League was launched last year by T10 Sports Management to popularise the game of cricket in its shortest format – that concludes within less than 90 minutes in which two teams bat it out in ten overs – or just 60 balls – thrilling the crowd.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Sunday 17 November: Tumbling wickets and mounting runs have left fans breathless from excitement in the third day of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10. Team Abu Dhabi and the Maratha Arabians both sealed their first victories of the tournament, against the Northern Warriors and Team Qalandars respectively, whilst the Bangla Tigers’ Andre Fletcher rocketed his team to victory against the Karnataka Tuskers.

Match Report 1: Northern Warriors vs. Team Abu Dhabi

The Northern Warriors won the toss, electing to bat, being the first to choose to do so in the tournament. Former opener George Munsey was left in the dressing room, allowing Sam Billings and Darren Sammy to open the batting. The pair found an easy rhythm of quick runs,before Sammy was dismissed for 17 by Ben Laughlin.

Andre Russell replaced his fellow West Indian at the crease, but struggled to get balls past Team Abu Dhabi’s restrictive, but at times sloppy, fielding. With the Warriors at 59 by the seventh over, Russell and Billings fought to bring some big shots to the Warriors’ advantage, but struggled to find the distance against Abu Dhabi’s pace powerhouses of Laughlin, Gurney and de Lange, leaving the Warriors to defend a low 91.

Team Abu Dhabi began their chase in earnest, with Sri Lanka’s NiroshanDickwella bringing the home-side eight runs in the first over, before losing his wicket in the second. The English pairLuke Wright and Moeen Ali didn’t allow Dickwella’s wicket to stop them, playing expressive and confident drives that found the boundary rope time and time again.

As the Arabian sun sunk over the capital city, Team Abu Dhabi crossed their half century at the 28th ball.

Wright and Ali opened up their arms, and in spite of Warriors’ bowlers such as Russell and RayadEmrit, whirred balls far and wide. In spite of dismissing Wright for a run out on 48, and then Lewis Gregory for a duck, the Warriors seemed powerless to stop Team Abu Dhabi sealing their victory, who won by six wickets with nine balls remaining.

Captain of Team Abu Dhabi, Moeen Ali, said: “We were outstanding with the ball today. I couldn’t have asked for anything more for Russell to be not out but not to have got as many he would have liked to. I thought we were amazing.”

Speaking after the match, Darren Sammy said: “We’re disappointed. We still have an opportunity to finish in the top four, and make a run for the playoffs. The tournament is not over for us.”

Match Report 2: Bangla Tigers vs. Karnataka Tuskers

The Bangla Tigers elected to bowl, and sought early dismissals of the Tuskers’ openers, Captain HashimAmla and the in-form Johnson Charles. Some snappy, albeit risky, runs and numerous boundaries in the opening overs ensured a flowing score for the openers, with Charles racing to 27 off 13.

Guided by Amla’s experience and Charles’ brute force, the Tuskers reached 49 runs in 18 fast deliveries.

The Tigers prowled for an opportunity, but Charles and Amla rebuffed them at every turn. They finally found their chance in the eighth over, as a diving David Weise caught Charles on the boundary, but not after Charles had posted 57 off 29. A graceful Amla closed the partnership with Ross Whiteley, posting 115.

The Bangla Tigers’ started a blistering run chase, with Andre Fletcher stepping into top gear, with 26 off 8 deliveries. Fletcher pummelled the Tuskers’ bowlers, with young English pacer Pat Brown leaking 25 in one over. Shafiqullah swiftly removed Fletcher’s stumps, leaving the batsman to depart on a ferocious 40 off 15. The Tuskers sought control, with Captain Amla’s steady hand providing the run out of Tigers’ batsman Colin Ingram and the catch of Tuskers’ Captain, Perera.

The Tigers’ Thomas Moores and Robbie Frylinck pushed toward 115, and in spite of Frylinck being caught at the boundary for 13, the Tuskers could not get in the way of the sprinting Tigers. David Weise finished the match with smashing a boundary, leaving the Tigers to post 117, winning the match with five wickets and seven balls remaining.

Man of the Match, Andre Fletcher, said: “My team needed me to give them a good start. We went in with that intent, and it’s good I can contribute for my team, and hopefully carry on.”

Captain of the Karnataka Tuskers, HashimAmla, said: “Fletcher played a fantastic knock for them. The way he was striking the ball – I didn’t think any ground in the world was big enough for that. He played a fantastic knock that nullified our advantage.”

Match Report 3: Maratha Arabians vs. Team Qalandars

The Maratha Arabians had a shaky start to their innings in what was a must win match against Team Qalandars. After being placed into bat, the Arabians’ Adam Lyth and Chris Lynn enjoyed fluent opening overs, adding 33 to the scoreboard, before Lyth lost his wicket at the end of the second over. The iconic Yuvraj Singh came to the Arabians’ aid, but Lynn lost his wicket on 20, to be followed by Yuvi on 14, lobbing a shot caught by Jordan Clark off his own bowling.

The Qalandars’ bowlers delivered wickets to fans’ delight, with Sri Lankan fast bowlerLahiru Kumara snatching the wickets of fellow countryman DasunShanakafor 16 and Captain Dwayne Bravo for 1. The Arabians’ innings would have ended in disaster, if not for the quick work of Man of the Match, MitchellMcClenaghan, who pulled a fast 20 off seven balls, providing the Qalandars with a score of 107 to chase.

McClenaghan and Malinga spearheaded a fierce Arabians’ bowling attack, which left the Qalandars reeling after opener Luke Ronchi’s dismissal for 0 in the first over.

The Qalandars pulled together a meagre 32 by the sixth over, and desperation led to disaster, as Yuvraj knocked the bails of Phil Salt for seven after miscommunication withDawid Malan. The Captain was dismissed by Bravo at the end of the next over for 32 off 25, leaving Qalandars requiring 60 runs from a slim 18 balls. The Maratha bowlers gave no inch to the Qalandars in the closing overs, maintaining a clinical approach and a tight field that constrained balls far from the boundary rope. James Fuller concluded the Maratha Arabians’ bowling attack, and the team won their first match of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 by 47 runs.

Man of the Match, the Maratha Arabians’ MitchellMcClenaghan, commented in the post-match press conference: “I think it’s probably easier to chase, especially as the day goes on. That being said, if you can put 100 to 110 on the board, and take early wickets, that’s probably crucial. We were aggressive throughout, changed our deliveries quite a lot, and tried to stay ahead of the game.”

Team Qalandars’ bowler, Chris Jordan, commented on the team’s performance: “It’s one of those games that you draw a line under, and move on. I just want to focus on the good vibe that we have in the camp so far. It’s only one loss, and there’s a long way to go in the tournament, so we want to put that right next game.”

The final day of the first stage of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 concludes tomorrow, with Deccan Gladiators and the Karnataka Tuskers battling out their placement in group A, Team Abu Dhabi facing the Maratha Arabians, and Eoin Morgan’s Delhi Bulls clashing with Perera’s Bangla Tigers. The tournament, which will run through to 24 November, is being broadcast in India on Sony Six and Sony Ten 3. To purchase tickets and hospitality passes, please visit: https://www.q-tickets.com/AbuDhabit10

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Sunday 17 November 2019:The latest addition to the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, Team Abu Dhabi, has cemented their first victory of the championship, with Captain Moeen Ali leading the team to a crushing victory over the Northern Warriors in the tournament’s third day.

The Northern Warriors won the toss, electing to bat, being the first to choose to do so in the tournament. Former opener George Munsey was left in the dressing room, allowing Sam Billings and Darren Sammy to open the batting. The pair found an easy rhythm of quick runs,before Sammy was dismissed for 17 by Ben Laughlin.

Andre Russell replaced his fellow West Indian at the crease, but struggled to get balls past Team Abu Dhabi’s restrictive, but at times sloppy, fielding. With the Warriors at 59 by the seventh over, Russell and Billingsfought to bring some big shots to the Warriors’ advantage, but struggled to find the distance against Abu Dhabi’s pace powerhouses of Laughlin, Gurney and de Lange, leaving the Warriors to defenda low 91.

Team Abu Dhabi began their chase in earnest, with Sri Lanka’s NiroshanDickwella bringing the home-side eight runs in the first over, before losing his wicket in the second. The English pairLuke Wright and Moeen Ali didn’t allow Dickwella’s wicket to stop them, playing expressive and confident drives that found the boundary rope time and time again.

As the Arabian sun sunk over the capital city, Team Abu Dhabi crossed their half century at the 28th ball.

Wright and Aliopened up their arms, and in spite of Warriors’ bowlers such as Russell and RayadEmrit, whirred balls far and wide. In spite of dismissing Wright for a run out on 48, and then Lewis Gregory for a duck, the Warriors seemed powerless to stop Team Abu Dhabi sealing their victory, who won by six wickets with nine balls remaining.

Captain of Team Abu Dhabi, Moeen Ali, said: “We were outstanding with the ball today. I couldn’t have asked for anything more for Russell to be not out but not to have got as many he would have liked to. I thought we were amazing.”

Speaking after the match, Darren Sammy said: “We’re disappointed. We still have an opportunity to finish in the top four, and make a run for the playoffs. The tournament is not over for us.”

The action of the evening continues with the Bangla Tigers squaring off against the Karnataka Tuskers at 17:45, before Team Qalandars meet the Maratha Arabians at 20:00.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Sunday 17 November 2019: The Bangla Tigers have chased down their first win of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, despite the big-hitting of the Karnataka Tuskers. With the powerhouse of Tigers’ Andre Fletcher posting astrike rate of 267, the team found their victory in the ninth over of the match.

The Bangla Tigers elected to bowl, and sought early dismissals ofthe Tuskers’ openers, Captain Hashim Amla and the in-form Johnson Charles. Some snappy, albeit risky,runs and numerous boundaries in the opening overs ensured a flowing score for the openers, with Charles racing to 27 off 13.

Guided by Amla’s experience and Charles’ brute force, the Tuskers reached 49 runs in 18 fast deliveries.

The Tigers prowled for an opportunity, but Charles and Amla rebuffed them at every turn. They finally found their chance in the eighth over, as a diving David Weise caught Charles on the boundary, but not after Charles had posted 57 off 29. A graceful Amla closed the partnership with Ross Whiteley, posting 115.

The Bangla Tigers’ started a blistering run chase, with Andre Fletcher stepping into top gear, with 26 off 8 deliveries. Fletcher pummelled the Tuskers’ bowlers, with young English pacer Pat Brown leaking 25 in one over. Shafiqullahswiftly removed Fletcher’s stumps, leaving the batsman to depart on a ferocious 40 off 15. The Tuskers sought control, with Captain Amla’s steady hand providing the run out of Tigers’ batsman Colin Ingram and the catch of Tuskers’ Captain, Perera.

The Tigers’ Thomas Moores and Robbie Frylinck pushed toward 115, and in spite of Frylinck being caught at the boundary for 13, the Tuskers could not get in the way of the sprinting Tigers. David Weise finished the match with smashing a boundary, leaving the Tigers to post 117, winning the match with five wickets and seven balls remaining.

Man of the Match, Andre Fletcher, said: “My team needed me to give them a good start. We went in with that intent, and it’s good I can contribute for my team, and hopefully carry on.”

Captain of the Karnataka Tuskers, Hashim Amla, said: “Fletcher played a fantastic knock for them. The way he was striking the ball – I didn’t think any ground in the world was big enough for that. He played a fantastic knock that nullified our advantage.”

Dwayne Bravo’s Maratha Arabians will face off against Dawid Malan’s Team Qalandars in the final match of the night, starting at 20:00.

Abu Dhabi, UAE – Saturday 16 November 2019:The second match day of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 has brought audiences fast-paced, twisting cricket, leaving fans spell bound after watching a total of 576 runs and 36 wickets across the course of the day’s three matches.

The Bangla Tigers were cornered by the mercurial Deccan Gladiators in a tight opening match; the bowlers of the Karnataka Tuskers rampaged over Eoin Morgan’s Delhi Bulls, and Team Qalandars crushed the Northern Warriors, who collapsed on 46 all out in the eighth over of the game.

Match Report 1: Deccan Gladiators vs. Bangla Tigers

The Deccan Gladiators won the toss, electing to chase down the Bangla Tigers. Andre Fletcher and RileeRossouw opened the Tiger’s batting, but Fletcher lost his wicket to Migael Pretorius for a short two runs in the second over. Colin Ingram joined fellow South African Rossouw at the crease, and the pair probed the defences of the Gladiator’s field before hitting the ball long distances. The Gladiators’ Mason Crane struck back however, and took the wicket of Rossouw on 26. The Tigers’ Thomas Moores and Ingram worked hard to push the score higher, scrambling at each opportunity for a run and finding six after six to fans’ delight. However, paceman Pretorius pulled the big wicket of Ingram, who gathered 37 off 22 balls. Tigers’ Captain, Thisara Perera, replaced Ingram briefly, before losing his own wicket for 3. Moores and David Weise sought to push the Tigers’ score higher and higher, but spinner Fawad Ahmed found two wickets in the final over, dismissing Weise on the last ball, leaving the Tigers to post 108 for the Gladiators to chase.

Afghan Mohammad Shahzad and Deccan Gladiators’ captain Shane Watson started the Gladiators’ chase, but England’s Liam Plunkett struck with pace on the second ball to remove Shahzad for 2. Anton Devcich joined Watson, and the duo pulled the Gladiators to 64, before Qais Ahmed ripped Devcich’s stumps from the ground for 27 runs off 11. Watson fought with BanukaRajapaska to push the Gladiators higher, but Weise pounced with the consecutive scalps of Rajapaska for 12 and then Watson for 41. The Gladiators were 24 balls away from victory, however, leading to Ben Cutting and Dan Lawrence inching the Gladiators to a winning 109, which they scraped with the final ball.

Winning captain of the Deccan Gladiators, Shane Watson, said: “We got off to a good start, and Devcich and I built a really good partnership. But even when you get off to a really good start, you have to keep hitting boundaries. It worked out well in the end.

“New conditions, new ground, and the wicket played beautifully today. It was a little truer today, so I think there’s going to be bigger scores tonight with the way the wicket is.”

Bangla Tigers’ captain, Thisara Perera, commented on the match: “This was our first game, so we hope to flesh it out. We take every positive from this game, and I hope that we can do something special next match. It was a really good atmosphere to play cricket, and we’re looking to giving our 100% next match.”

Match Report 2: Karnataka Tuskers vs. Delhi Bulls

Legendary South African batsman HashimAmla and West Indies’ Johnson Charles opened the Karnataka Tuskers’ innings, after being placed into bat by the Delhi Bulls. HashimAmla brought his trademark leg side boundary to the fray, but lasted only into the second over. Despite the first wicket, Delhi Bulls continued to leak boundaries from Charles and UpalTharanga, just joined at the crease.

Following Charles’ dismissal for 13, Tharanga and Shafiqullah built a strong partnership for the Tuskers, capitalising on inaccurate bowling from the Bulls. A calamitous breakdown of communication led to Tharanga’s run out, but he posted a blistering 48 runs in 22 deliveries to push the Tuskers’ score higher.

The Bulls’ bowlers restricted the Tuskers in the final overs, but still allowed Pathan and Shafiqullahto bring up a century for the Tuskers. Shafiqullah played the shot of the innings with a delicate reverse sweep chip towards backward point for four in the final over, leading the Tuskers to finish on 110 for five.

Delhi Bulls’ chase got off to a stuttering start, and it wasn’t until the second over that Delhi Bulls’ openers Paul Stirling and KusalPerera found their first boundary. However, that joy was short-lived following Stirling’s dismissal, with Nathan Rimmington’s thunderous delivery rearranging his stumps, leaving his team 20/1 after two overs.

The UAE’s very own Muhammad Usman powered his first ball for a six, before falling on the next delivery. Consecutive wickets stemmed the Bulls’ flow of runs, but the team found comfort in Eoin Morgan and Angelo Mathews building a steady partnership of singles, dotted with the occasional boundary. The Bulls needed runs, however, and the two men desperately sought shots over the boundary, but disaster struck on Morgan’s dismissal for 21, leaving his team requiring an increasingly impossible target of 44 off 17 deliveries.

The Tuskers’ bowlers went into rampage, knocking the wickets of Mathews, Adil Rashid and Ali Khan in quick succession, with a final fiery over from England young gun Pat Brown leaving the Tuskers winning by 19 runs, and becoming the first team of the 2019 Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 to successfully defend a first innings lead.

Speaking after his team’s victory HashimAmla said: “I think with this performance we proved that a total of over a 100 runs is defendable, even though in most games the run chase has gone down to the wire.”

Delhi Bulls’ Coach, Stephen Fleming, said: “The T10 format means that every ball counts and the mood can change really quickly within the space of a short time. You have to be as accurate as you can within the 60 deliveries. Something we need to work on as a team moving forward is eradicating those small mistakes from our game”.

Match Report 3 – Northern Warriors vs. Team Qalandars

Qalandars’ openers, rising England star Tom Banton and Kiwi Luke Ronchi, tentatively opened the innings after being placed into bat by the Northern Warriors’ Captain Darren Sammy. The pair found singles and doubles, with occasional boundaries, before Ronchi was caught behind for 14. Captain Dawid Malan stepped out of the changing room and promptly found himself back in, after being dismissed for 1 on his second ball.

Welshman Phil Salt and Banton found a steady pace with singles and tentative boundaries that left crowds in rapturous admiration. Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Pradeep celebrated after taking Salt’s wicket, but Banton continued to power the Qalandars over the century mark whilst celebrating his own half-century in just 26 balls. The loss of Jordan Clark could not stop the Qalandars pushing their score higher and higher, posting a finalof 112 for four to defend against the Warriors.

Sam Billings and George Munsey opened the Northern Warriors’ batting line up, looking to recreate the reigning champions’ victory from the previous night of play against the Maratha Arabians. The opening pair played steadily against the Qalandars’ bowling fierce attack, but only added slim figures to the Warriors’ total. The partnership lasted (for what is deemed long in this format)28 balls, before Munsey lost his wicket for 9.

Munsey’s wicket brought out West Indianbig hitter Andre Russell to inject some much needed runs into the Warriors’ total. Russell strode out to bat, and faced two deliveries until SeekkugePrasanna took his first wicket, although by no means his last,capturing the vital wicket of the match. Billings followed Russell back into the changing room for 14, leaving the Warriors requiring 81 runs off 27 balls.

The increasingly despondent Captain of the Warriors, Darren Sammy, tried to stem the tide of wickets, but soon succumbed to the current when he was caught by Prasanna. By the start of the eighth over, victory was mathematically impossible for the Warriors, with the team requiring 71 off 12 deliveries, and the only question was whether they would run out of balls first or wickets. The answer was wickets, as Lahiru Kumara took three in the final over, leaving the Northern Warriors on a dismal 46 for 10, and the Qalandars to enjoy a victory of 66 runs.

Team Qalandars and winning Captain, Dawid Malan, commented: “We were disappointed that we didn’t win yesterday, but we’ve learned from that experience and applied it today, and in T10 cricket, I don’t think you could put in a better performance. I certainly think we have set the bar high for ourselves in this tournament.

“The nature of the pitch in Abu Dhabi makes it even more challenging, and interesting, for batsman to find their fluency, but that’s all part and parcel of the game. We knew that if we score 110, we put ourselves in a great position to go on and win the game, because bowlers win you games but batsmen set up the victory.”

Sammy said: “We played poor cricket today. We let them score too many runs, and in return we didn’t execute our plans very well. But credit to the opposition, because they knew our batsmen, and bowled according to their weaknesses. The main tactics comes in as a bowling unit, putting the opponents under pressure in the field. We just need to focus on the next game, and put it in a better performance.”

Team Abu Dhabi will return to Zayed Cricket Stadium to face off against a Northern Warriors’ side which is looking to regroup. The Bangla Tigers will be seeking to pounce on the powerful team of HashimAmla, the Karnataka Tuskers. Meanwhile, Team Qalandars will face down the Maratha Arabians, who will be desperate for a match win to keep their hopes of victory in the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 alive. The tournament, which will run through to 24 November, is being broadcast in India on Sony Six and Sony Ten 3. To purchase tickets and hospitality passes, please visit: https://www.q-tickets.com/AbuDhabit10

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 16 November 2019: The first day of action at the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 has shot off with three tension filled and electrifying matches, wowing fans and crowds in Abu Dhabi. His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance,attended the opening night of the championship, addressing crowds and watching the home side, Team Abu Dhabi’s, very first match.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan’s visit to Zayed Cricket Stadium came ahead of the International Day of Tolerance on November 16. Being the custodian of the Tolerance Cup, which wrapped up an eight week tournament, H.E. Sheikh Nahyan spoke on the importance of cricket and sport fostering tolerance and unity. His Excellency presented the winners of the Tolerance Cricket Cup, His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan’svery own cricketing league designed to foster tolerance in the UAE, with the winning trophy after the conclusion of the tournament, alongside touring the stadium and meeting fans of T10 cricket watching the action from the stands.

The night’s cricketing action saw the reigning champions, the Northern Warriors, cement victory over Dwayne Bravo’s Maratha Arabians, the Delhi Bulls snatch triumph from the hands of the Deccan Gladiators, and Team Abu Dhabi and Team Qalandars draw in a tight final game between the two finely matched sides.

Match Report 1 – Northern Warriors vs. Maratha Arabians

The Northern Warriors were ruthless in their defence of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 trophy. Winning the toss, they elected to field, bringing a fierce bowling attack against the Maratha Arabians. Opener Adam Lyth was dismissed on the very first ball by Chris Wood, and was followed by Chris Lynn on four and Chadwick Walton on 24. Renowned Indian cricketer, Yuvraj Singh, was blasted away by the bowling attack for six, leaving the Arabians on 35 for four after four short overs. All-rounders James Fuller and DasunShanaka tried to steady the ship, but both Fuller and then WaninduHasaranga lost their wickets. Arabians’ captain Dwayne Bravo desperately tried with Shananka to push their score higher, but the Arabians posted a target of 88 to chase.

England’s Sam Billings and Scotland’s George Munsey met legendary bowler LasithMalinga at the crease to begin the Northern Warriors’ chase. The two batsmen played cautiously, and only scored 10 runs before Billings lost his wicket. Yet Billings’ wicket brought Russell out to the crease, who brought his classic big cricket to score his half-century in 21 balls. The Arabians’ bowling strategy was left in tatters after Malinga bowled three no-balls and one leg-bye in the space of an over. Munsey and Malinga smashed their way to 91 runs, winning the match for the Arabians by nine wickets with 18 balls remaining.

Speaking after the match, Player of the Match, the Northern Warriors’Andre Russell commented: “It’s a good way to start the tournament, as defending champions. We batted and bowled well, and restricted them to 89, and that was our game plan. T10 is quick and spicy, and I don’t feel any nerves going out to bat, but bowling brings a lot of pressure, because you have to get the delivery right. Otherwise, the batsmen will be in business.”

Captain of the Maratha Arabians, Dwayne Bravo, said: “I think the fans got a good game of cricket for the opener, but unfortunately we finished on the losing side, but it hasn’t been a bad outing. It’s really good that the tournament has shifted to Abu Dhabi.”

Match Report 2 – Deccan Gladiators vs. Delhi Bulls

The Deccan Gladiators were put into bat by the Delhi Bulls, who won the toss. Afghan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad and the iconic Shane Watson opened the Gladiators’ batting, but Shahzad lost his wicket to DushmathaChameera at the end of the second over, leaving the Gladiators on 17. Kiwi batsman, Anton Devcich, joined Watson to bring some big Australasian hitting to the match. Watson smashed seven boundaries, wowing crowds, as the likes of Adil Rashid and Zaheer Khan tried to stymy the Gladiators. However, after some dropped dollys in the outfield, the Bulls couldn’t constrain Watson from a half century, and the Gladiators knocked 102 runs for 1.

Ireland’s Paul Stirling and Sri Lanka’s KusalPerera began an aggressive chase for the Bulls, with Sterling scoring two sixes. Zahir Khan struck on his fifth delivery, as his ball hit Sterling plumb on the pads for 12. Muhammad Usman and Perera tried to find boundaries, but both were dismissed in the third over by the lightning balls of Zahir. Their dismissals brought outcricketing legends Angelo Mathews and Eoin Morgan, who worked on building a steady partnership before smashing balls for boundaries. The two frustrated the efforts of Gladiators’ bowlers, including Mason Crane and Zahoor Khan, as Morgan pulled 47 runs off 24 deliveries. The pair brought the Delhi Bulls’ score to 103, winning the game by seven wickets with a tight three balls remaining.

Eoin Morgan, captain of the Delhi Bulls, said in the post-match press conference: “I thought it was a tough chase, and very difficult out there to find our timing. But we managed with some luck to take our catching opportunities, and hold our nerves in such a short space of time, and now we have that allimportant momentum to carry us forward. I’m enjoying this format so far, and I’m really enjoying my cricket at the moment, and off the back of a successful series in New Zealand, confidence is high, and all my experience tells me that you need to make the most of the momentum you have built up.”

Speaking after the match, Deccan Gladiators’ captain, Shane Watson commented: “Ever since I first played in Abu Dhabi in 2009, I have loved playing here. It’s a beautiful wicket, and a beautiful city to host cricket, and everyone including me is delighted that the T10 has moved here for the next few years. I think it would’ve have been nice to have got 10 to 15 more runs on the scoreboard. We struggled towards the end our innings to clear the boundary – credit to the bowling of Delhi Bulls.”

Match Report 3: Team Abu Dhabi vs. Team Qalandars

After Team Qalandars elected to field, former captain of Sri Lanka NiroshanDickwella opened Team Abu Dhabi’s batting, hitting big to bring the home side the upper hand in the game, but his expansive batting led to a big wicket for the Qalandars when he was dismissed for 17. Team captain Moeen Ali joined opener Luke Wright at the crease, adding 23 to Team Abu Dhabi’s total, but Moeen was caught on a dolly shot for 7 in the third over. Kiwi Corey Anderson joined Wright in Team Abu Dhabi’s innings at 42 for 4 overs, and worked to push for a high target to post for the Qalandars. Wright was dismissed for 11, being replaced by Nepalese big hitter Paras Khadka. The batsman worked hard against a restrictive bowling line up, but Anderson lost his wicket, after attempting to flick the ball to third man, on 43 off 22 balls. Qalandars got a final wicket with a run out on the final ball of the innings, leaving Team Abu Dhabi to post 103 for six in their first ever cricket match.

England rising star Tom Banton and New Zealand’s Luke Ronchi began the Qalandar’s chase with defensive playing, peppered with boundaries. Banton was struck on the pads by Richard Gleeson for 16, bringing on Qalandar’s captain Dawid Malan. Malan and Ronchi built a cautious partnership of 39 runs before Australian Ben Laughlin caught Captain Malan on 33. Ronchi and Phil Salt continued to build Qalandar’s partnership, inching closer to Team Abu Dhabi’s target of 103, and were eight runs away at the start of the final over. A boundary from Salt left Team Abu Dhabi fans in despair, as Qalandars required two runs to win, but South African bowler Marchant de Lange struck with the next ball, dismissing Salt for 22. The final ball of the match, delivered to SeekkugePrasanna led to one run for Qalandars, and a drawn match between the two finely balanced teams, each posting a total of 103.

Captain of Team Abu Dhabi, Moeen Ali, said after the match: “We knew from the start that it was going to be a tight game and it was, and our belief carried us through that last over which was bowled beautifully. In those moments it’s important as a captain to keep my composure, and deliver a clear message to the team.”

Dawid Malan, captain of Team Qalandars, commented: “We are disappointed we didn’t come away with the win being in the strong position that we were coming up to last couple of overs but I’ll take a tie over a loss. I love the T10 format; it’s such an amazing way for cricket to adapt in order to attract more fans to the ground. The entertainment factor it provides gives it a big chance to become a regular fixture in the cricketing calendar and even make it all the way to the Olympics.”

The Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 action returns tomorrow night, with the Deccan Gladiators facing off against the prowling Bangla Tigers, the Delhi Bulls charging against the might of the Karnataka Tuskers, and Team Qalandars up against the fierce Northern Warriors. The tournament, which will run through to 24 November, is being broadcast in India on Sony Six and Sony Ten 3. To purchase tickets and hospitality passes, please visit: https://www.q-tickets.com/AbuDhabit10

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 15 November 2019: The Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 has burst onto the global cricketing scene, with an explosive opening ceremony and concert at Zayed Cricket Stadium.

The 10 day cricket tournament, which has pulled in cricketing talent and celebrities from across the globe, was opened by ShajiUlMulk, the founder of the League.

The opening concert was led the renowned Indian actor Mammootty, who offered words of wisdom to a global audience on the Spirit of Cricket. Also featured was legendary Pakistani singer Atif Aslam, as well as cricketing super idols including Yuvraj Singh, Eoin Morgan, Darren Sammy, HashimAmla and Shane Watson.

The evening wowed crowds with spectacular performances from Bollywood star RakulPreet Singh, South Indian model and actress Parvati Nair, and Bangladeshi film favourite Shakib Khan. In attendance during the opening was Basharat Khan – Director at Aldar Properties, and representatives from the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

With the launch of the tournament underway, the cricketing action begins tomorrow as the Northern Warriors start their defence of the coveted Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 Trophy, squaring off against the formidable Maratha Arabians.Also featuring on the opening day of play will be the latest addition to the championship, the city’s very own Team Abu Dhabi, who will face off against the powerhouse of Team Qalandars.

The tournament, which will run through to 24 November, is being broadcast in India on Sony Six and Sony Ten 3. To purchase tickets and hospitality passes, please visit: https://www.q-tickets.com/AbuDhabit10

Abu Dhabi UAE, October 6 2019: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has come on board as the Official Airline Partner of the Abu Dhabi T10, organisers announced today.

The partnership will see Etihad Airways and official travel agency Hala Abu Dhabi work to allow fans from across the globe to engage with some of the biggest names in cricket, including Eoin Morgan, Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi and Lasith Malinga, who will all be participating in the inaugural Abu Dhabi showdown this November.

Present at the signing ceremony, held at the Etihad Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi, was Yasser Al Yousuf, Vice President Partnerships of Etihad Aviation Group, and Matthew Boucher, CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket, alongside Chairman of T10 Sports Management, Shaji Ul Mulk.
Talal Al Hashemi said: “This partnership with Etihad Airways further underlines the significance of the Abu Dhabi T10 and its appeal to local and global audiences. We are preparing to host something special for cricket fans locally and around the world. Our strategic partnership with Etihad Airways takes us another big step forward in achieving this vision.”

Yasser Al Yousuf, Vice President Partnerships of Etihad Aviation Group, commented: “Etihad Airways is pleased to announce this collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council who continue to position Abu Dhabi as a leading global sporting destination. Etihad has a proud heritage of partnering with large-scale sporting events and it is an exciting time to be part of the fast-paced and explosive action associated with the Abu Dhabi T10. We look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world to Abu Dhabi and the UAE to share in this momentous occasion.”

The tournament, which will be hosted in the nation’s capital for the first time after two years in the northern emirates, will attract over 100 international players. Beyond the cricket excitement, the stage is set for some big names from Bollywood to entertain the crowds, alongside a fan village and familyoriented activities.

Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Cricket, Matthew Boucher, said: “The Abu Dhabi T10 has grown to become one of the most exciting and popular cricketing properties in the world, not only for the players but also for the fans. Hosting this tournament for the first time in Abu Dhabi gives us an opportunity to do something unique and different. Having a partner like Etihad Airways allows us to do that as we work together to make this an unforgettable event for the fans.”

Tickets are set to go on sale this week. For further information regarding tickets and hospitality information, please visit: https://ttensports.com/

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About Abu Dhabi T10 League
Abu Dhabi T10 is a professional ten-over format cricket league launched by T10 Sports Management and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board and approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body of international cricket. It is the first ever internationally approved ten-over format league.
Matches have 10-over-a-side format and duration of 45 minutes a side, totalling 90 minutes of play. The tournament is played over ten days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final. In August 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) officially sanctioned the league.

About Abu Dhabi Cricket

Abu Dhabi Cricket Club is supported by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and operates under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. The Club is ushering in an exciting new era of cricket in Abu Dhabi with significant investment in facilities and operational upgrades. 

Abu Dhabi Cricket Club (ADCC) was founded on 20th November 1996, with the impressive Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, named by global cable and satellite sports television channel ESPN as among the world’s best, being completed in 2005.

The Stadium’s inaugural international match was staged between India and Pakistan in April 2006 and was attended by 20,000 enthusiastic fans. The Stadium has since seen hundreds of domestic and international matches from the passion of Pakistan vs. India games to the party of the Indian Premier League to the celebrations of Afghanistan’s victory in last year’s Desert T20 tournament. The Stadium has also been used by several international associations as a winter training ground, most notably by the England Cricket Board.

Recent investments to develop the facility will ensure that the Stadium will be known for more than cricket. Indeed, Abu Dhabi Cricket will become the home for a range of coaching academies, clubs, groups and schools for football, touch rugby, tennis, netball, basketball, squash and much more.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai, UAE, September 19, 2019

Abu Dhabi T10, the world’s only ten-over cricket league to be officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), today welcomed its newest team –Bangla Tigers– who are poised to compete in this year’s event, which opens on 14 November 2019.

The addition of a marquee team representing the strong cricketing tradition of Bangladesh reaffirms the international flavour of the Abu Dhabi T10, and is sure to strike a chord among the 700,000+ Bangladeshi residents who make up the third largest expatriate community in the United Arab Emirates.

Welcoming the new team and its owners, ShajiUl Mulk, Chairman of Abu Dhabi T10, said: “You can hardly speak of cricket without mentioning great Bangladeshi players like Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. So, obviously we are pleased to welcome aboard the Bangla Tigers who will certainly represent the best spirit of Bangladesh cricket.”

He continued, “It’s a testament to the ownership team that their love of cricket led them to really plan and dedicate themselves to joining the league and offering their fans an exciting team to rally behind during the Abu Dhabi T10.”

The two owners – Bangladeshi businessmen Yasin Chowdhury and SirajuddinAlam – leveraged their combined decades-long association with sport together with a lifelong love of cricket in order to make their dream of owning a team a reality.

“It’s a proud day for us and I hope for all Bangladesh fans to announce our Bangla Tigers team. We thank the league’s founder ShajiUl Mulk and the other owners and we hope audiences will embrace our team’s fighting spirit as we pledge to do our best to compete for the Abu Dhabi T10,” said Mr. Chowdhury, Chairman of FMC Group and Owner of Bangla Tigers.

His Co-Owner SirajuddinAlam brings significant sports management leadership and expertise to the organisation and to the ownership ranks of the Abu Dhabi T10 after serving previously as the founding secretary of the Bangladesh Premier League, former director of Bangladesh Cricket Board and one-time General Secretary of the Chittagong Divisional Sports Association.

His insight into sports development in his native Bangladesh has him hopeful that the Bangla Tigers will compete for more than sporting glory during the Abu Dhabi T10.

“We are working to build a formidable team in which a number of Bangladeshi cricketers are expected to play,” SirajuddinAlam said.

“We know that having a rooting interest in a team that competes and succeeds abroad on a global stage like the Abu Dhabi T10 can really spur the growth of the game among youth and domestic players, so the stakes for us go far beyond a single season.”

The ten-day Abu Dhabi T10 opens with a star-studded opening day performance by bigname Bollywood entertainers who will wow the crowd at the host venue, Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, on 14 November 2019. The final match and the grand finale are set to take place on 24 November 2019.

The fast-action ten-over format of the Abu Dhabi T10 ensures that full cricket matches can be played in 90 minutes – no longer than a football match. Its popularity is underlined by the enthusiastic participation of some of the most bankable names in cricket, including England World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, Shane Watson, Rashid Khan, Andre Russell, LasithMalinga and Darren Sammy.

Matthew Boucher, CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket, says, “We heartily welcome the Bangla Tigers to Abu Dhabi and look forward to the enthusiastic response from Bangladeshi cricket fans around the world. We experienced the fantastic Bangladeshi fans during the Unimoni Asia Cup last year and can’t wait to host them again!”

Preparation for the Abu Dhabi T10 follows the runaway success of the T10 league’s second season which drew sold-out crowds at Sharjah Cricket Stadium and was watched by millions of fans across the GCC, India and South Asia.

Abu Dhabi, UAE, August 7, 2019:

ENGLAND’S WORLD CUP-WINNING CAPTAIN EOIN MORGAN, PAKISTANI GREAT SHOAIB MALIK, AUSTRALIAN ICON SHANE WATSON AND WEST INDIAN POWERHOUSE KIERON POLLARD ALL SET TO PARTICIPATE

 WEST INDIANS OUT IN FORCE AS DARREN SAMMY, ANDRE RUSSELL, SUNIL NARINE AND DWAYNE ‘DJ’ BRAVO

CONFIRM INTEREST TO PLAY AT ZAYED CRICKET STADIUM

 ONE-OF-A-KIND, ICC-SANCTIONED CRICKET EXTRAVAGANZA SET FOR UAE CAPITAL 15-24 NOVEMBER 2019

 ABU DHABI DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, ABU DHABI SPORTS COUNCIL AND ABU DHABI CRICKET JOIN WITH T10 SPORTS MANAGEMENT IN PARTNERSHIP TO 2023

After a scintillating ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, global cricket fever is set to sweep the UAE as a sensational roster of cricket superstars prepares to take the pitch at Zayed Cricket Stadium for the Abu Dhabi T10 from November 15 to 24, 2019.

The third season of the T10 League is set to boast the most impressive collection of talent so far, headlined by several international cricket captains and newly minted World Cup heroes.

The star-studded line-up is set to include England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan; Pakistani favourite Shoaib Malik; West Indies captain Darren Sammy; Sri Lankan duo Angelo Matthews and fast-bowler Lasith Malinga; Australian favourites Shane Watson and Cameron White; Afghanistan’s big-hitting Mohammad Shahzad; and West Indians Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo – all putting their hands up for team selection in the 2019 Abu Dhabi T10 draft.

His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, commented: “Up and down the Abu Dhabi T10 roster you will find world-class talent, big personalities and the best possible ambassadors of the game. We could not be happier at the timing of this partnership to bring the brightest stars in cricket to the UAE, such as Eoin Morgan.”

Eoin Morgan paid homage to the T10 league and reiterated his fondness for the format by comparing it to his England team’s recent success on the world’s highest cricket stage: “I heard from a lot of parents that this year’s (ICC Cricket World Cup) was the first one they could enjoy with their sons or daughters. Kids are discovering the joy of cricket all over again. Well, the T10 is brilliant for bringing kids and first-time fans into the stadium, where you’ve got all the stars, all the action and all the glamour you could hope for. It’s just brilliant for the future of cricket all around.”

Former West Indies Captain Darren Sammy, shared a similarly positive outlook towards the tournament and its new home: “Abu Dhabi is a fantastic choice to host the T10. There’s a mixed audience with plenty of support for cricket. Everything is top-class, so I’ve no doubt the Abu Dhabi T10 will be a smashing success,” he said.

The breakthrough 10-over format boils down all of the cricket tactics and drama into 60 balls per side and 90 minutes of action. This fan-friendly version of cricket is the brainchild of T10 Sports Management Group Founder and Chairman, Shaji Ul Mulk.

“The game is changing as evidenced by the phenomenal success of T20,” said Shaji Ul Mulk. “This recent (ICC Cricket) World Cup was also the most-watched ever. However, in order to continue to grow, it’s critical to showcase the best stars on big stages outside India, England and Australia, where it is already hugely popular.

“That’s why partnering with the Government of Abu Dhabi to host T10 on a long-term basis is a natural win-win for everybody who will now get to experience unparalleled cricket action in a truly unforgettable atmosphere.”

Abu Dhabi T10 builds on the surging popularity of the global game and is the first-ever 10-over league in the world to receive the full backing and sanction of both the International Cricket Council and the Emirates Cricket Board. The eight teams (Kerala Knights, Bengal Tigers, Northern Warriors, Pakhtoon, Deccan Gladiators, Punjabi Legends, Maratha Arabians and Rajput) are readying themselves for the Abu Dhabi T10 draft, slated for mid-September, to determine their full tournament line-ups.

Abu Dhabi Cricket CEO, Matt Boucher, noted; “We feel we’ve bolstered the capital’s glowing portfolio of world-class events by ensuring that Abu Dhabi becomes a must-see ticket on the global cricket calendar for the next five years and what this means for the growth of the sport in the region. It’s another big stride in the growth of cricket in Abu Dhabi and we’re grateful to both the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for making this happen.”

Saeed Al Saeed, Director of Destination Marketing at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said, “We are really looking forward to welcoming cricket fans, both those based in the UAE and those from overseas, for the Abu Dhabi T10, so they can discover for themselves what our extraordinary destination has to offer.”

Even more players and big-names will continue to be announced in the lead up to the Abu Dhabi T10 draft event, scheduled for mid-September.

ZAWYA, 02 May 2019:

Abu Dhabi T10’s official travel partner Nirvana Travel and Tourism has created unmissable deals for cricket enthusiasts, Bollywood fans and those celebrating Diwali this October

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi T10 together with event partners, the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, this week launched a series of exclusive travel packages at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) for those wishing to celebrate this Diwali with an exciting event like no other.

This year’s Abu Dhabi T10 will bring together some of the world’s most explosive cricketers to compete in short 90-minute games along with Bollywood’s hottest stars and a 12-day Diwali carnival (celebrating the Hindu festival of light) catering to everyone from cricket fans to young families and Indian pop-culture entertainment addicts from 23rd October to 3rd November.

Official travel partner Nirvana Travel & Tourism have been brought on board by the event organisers to take the diverse range of travel packages to local GCC and international markets for those wishing to experience this one of a kind event and the wonders of Arabian culture and hospitality that engulfs the city.

Abu Dhabi T10 event ambassador, Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela, was on hand this week at ATM to promote the new travel packages. Straight off a flight from filming her upcoming movie Pagalpanti in London, the actress launched the packages whilst speaking to travel operators about the incredible event which will be held in the UAE capital over the next five years as part of a landmark deal between Abu Dhabi Cricket, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the Department of Culture and Tourism (Abu Dhabi) and the T10 League.

Commenting about this year’s Abu Dhabi T10, Urvashi Rautela said, “I’m really looking forward to this year’s Diwali festival in particular – this is a new addition to the event which really excites me. I love Diwali and as a Hindu this is one of the biggest festivals of the year for myself and my family – I really look forward to experiencing the celebrations at the Abu Dhabi T10 in October.”

Ms Rautela also spent two days experiencing the wonderful sights of Abu Dhabi visiting Qasr al Watan (the Presidential Palace), Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre, demonstrating the wonders of the nation’s capital to her adoring 16 millions fans across social media.

Saeed Rashed Al Saeed, Director of Destination Marketing from the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) commented, “With the Abu Dhabi T10 League being held here for the next five years, this is further evidence of our ambition to make Abu Dhabi a destination of choice for sporting events, offering residents and visitors the very best sporting action to complement our rich cultural attractions. We are delighted to be able to offer such a wide range of attractive packages at some of the best hotels in Abu Dhabi, to make this an even more memorable trip for those who come to experience the tournament and festival.”

Nirvana Travel and Tourism has put together a range of unique travel packages allowing fans and avid travellers the opportunity to fly into Abu Dhabi and be part of a once in a lifetime experience! Fans will have the chance to witness some of the world’s best players rocket cricket balls into the stands of the iconic Zayed Cricket Stadium as well as enjoy a variety of entertainment options not to mention the wonderful sights and attractions of the UAE capital.

The Abu Dhabi T10 packages start at an attractive price of AED 1,350 for 3 nights and 4 days, with VIP offers starting at less than AED 4,000 per person for three nights at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, and less than AED 8,000 at the Ritz Carlton.

Alaa Al Ali CEO of Nirvana Travel & Tourism stated, “We are very pleased to be appointed as the official travel partners of the Abu Dhabi T10. We have always been an agency that believes in enabling our customers to experience the best in global travel trends and offering affordable packages as we want as many people as possible to enjoy the experience of live games at Zayed Cricket Stadium.”

The packages provide customers with variety from flexi options for 3-day event passes to finals packages and VIP experiences – there is something to ensure that as many people as possible can experience this unique event.

Matthew Boucher, Acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket said, “The Abu Dhabi T10 is a world-class event that brings the excitement and thrill of the shortest form of the game to the very heart of our city. The launch of these packages is a result of an extraordinary level of interest from fans across the globe. We’re thrilled to provide fans with such a wide range of deals at very competitive prices which allows us to demonstrate our commitment to giving people the very best experience and creating a vibrant atmosphere at this event.”

Shaji Ul Mulk, Innovator and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi T10, expressed his delight with the new partnership too, “This is a huge milestone for all of us. We’re looking to take this event to the next level, and we’re excited for Nirvana Travel and Tourism to take these packages to both the local and international markets – something we’re certain fans are going to love. This is a big coup for us, and I am looking forward to it contributing to a very successful tournament.”

Packages are available through Nirvana Travel and Tourism agents or by calling Nirvana Travels direct on +971 2 304 3333.

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 18 March 2019: 

Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, will be the new home of T10 cricket for the next five years, starting with the 2019 season.

Abu Dhabi Cricket (ADC), in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has signed a five year agreement with the organisers of the T10 Cricket League. The shortest form of the game will now be played exclusively at Zayed Cricket Stadium.

To announce the arrival of this exciting new inter-governmental partnership, ADC, ADSC and DCT Abu Dhabi organised a T10 match on the seafront of Abu Dhabi’s iconic Corniche, with T10 aces Colin Ingram, Andre Fletcher and Luke Ronchi having a bat on the beach.

“T10 is fast, punchy, exciting cricket, making it perfect viewing for those of us living in the UAE,” said His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council. “The decision to host T10 in Abu Dhabi is a fitting demonstration of our strategic investments in sporting infrastructure, such as training facilities and match stadiums which we’ve been making over recent years. T10 will bring the latest edge to a city known for its sporting credentials, from Formula 1, to the AFC Asian Cup and the Special Olympics World Games.

“Through bringing T10 to the capital of the nation, we hope cricket’s sporting potential can reach more audiences and introduce more players, young and old, to both cricket and to the wider forms of sport available in Abu Dhabi.” Al Awani concluded.

T10, in which only 120 balls are played in a fast-paced 90 minute game, was first introduced to the UAE in 2017. With eight squads vying for victory in games with an explosive pace, players featured have included Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Shane Watson and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “This announcement is fantastic news for Abu Dhabi. Our city is a major global hub with a huge variety of attractions that cater to people of all ages and backgrounds, and T10’s tournament’s presence in the city for the next five years represents an exciting opportunity to attract even more visitors from around the globe, especially those from India who represent one of DCT Abu Dhabi’s key markets.

“The signing of this agreement shows the level of cross-government support which is implemented in Abu Dhabi, hence we can celebrate how both ADSC and DCT Abu Dhabi are able to continue to collaborate in attracting major events to the emirate.

“DCT Abu Dhabi is keen to broaden the appeal of the emirate to as wide a demographic as possible and this agreement will help us reach out to many more potential visitors who can come and discover our extraordinary destination for themselves.”

Shaji Ul Mulk, Innovator and Chairman of the T10 League, said: “T10 has landed onto the global cricket scene, and this combined partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council, DCT Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Cricket gives T10 a major boost in establishing itself as a credible international form of the game. We are very pleased to be moving to Zayed Cricket Stadium, as we take one of the world’s most exciting sporting cities by storm. The third season of T10 cricket will allow over 100,000 fans the chance to see some of the biggest names in cricket battle it out on the pitch over 90 fast minutes of action.

“My thanks to both ADSC and DCT Abu Dhabi for their support of the T10 league. I’m excited to see the tournament in its new home of Abu Dhabi, cementing the city’s reputation as a central destination for cricket lovers worldwide.”

Matt Boucher, acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket, said: “Zayed Cricket Stadium has been a fulcrum for the city’s sporting life, from providing high quality sport tuition right through to the very best first-class international cricket. This agreement is the perfect private-public partnership for a major sporting event, and you won’t find one much bigger than the T10 in the UAE.

“This move to Zayed Cricket Stadium represents a big next step in the growth of Abu Dhabi’s cricketing ecosystem, by giving fans access to a combined sports and entertainment offering through hosting all forms of the game. Whether its international Test matches or the now shortest form of cricket the game has to offer, we’re continuing to be the home of the sport in the UAE.

Boucher continued: “Abu Dhabi Cricket has a mandate to both host the best-in-class international cricketing events, whilst also serving Abu Dhabi’s multisport community. With eight teams and cricketing superstars showing up in Abu Dhabi later this year, we at Abu Dhabi Cricket can’t wait to welcome the T10 League 2019 to Zayed Cricket Stadium for more action and excitement.”

Australian cricketing legend, Shane Watson, who captains the Deccan Gladiators, said: “T10 is one of the fastest evolving forms of cricket, and fans obviously love it. The move of the league to Abu Dhabi is a great idea – the pitches in Abu Dhabi are beautifully maintained, and as I’ve mentioned before, the conditions are the closest to those in Australia. I can’t wait for T10 and November can’t come quickly enough.”

South African cricketer Colin Ingram, who plays for Pakhtoon, said: “T10 is the cutting edge of the sport: the games are fiery, fast and furious as we battle it out in the middle in a quick hour and a half. It’s been great to be part of the league to this part, and I can’t wait to be back playing again in the new home of T10 Cricket at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.”

Fellow Pakhtoon team mate and West Indies player, Andre Fletcher, said: “T10 Cricket is a sport like no-other and it’s a great new format of the game to be able to play. Playing in Abu Dhabi is going to be really exciting, especially as this is one of the top sporting destinations in the Middle East, so I can’t wait to see fans who are both local and international coming to Zayed Cricket Stadium and getting involved with all the action.”

Luke Ronchi, the New Zealand cricketer who plays for Punjabi Legends, commented: “Having had the recent pleasure of playing in Abu Dhabi for the Pakistan Super League, I can’t wait to be back at one of the best stadiums in the UAE. The quality of cricket in this country is superb, and T10 is the latest proof of that.”

The first match of the T10 League 2019 will be on 23 October 2019. Tickets and hospitality information will be announced soon.

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About Abu Dhabi Cricket

Abu Dhabi Cricket Club is supported by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and operates under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. The Club is ushering in an exciting new era of cricket in Abu Dhabi with significant investment in facilities and operational upgrades.

Abu Dhabi Cricket Club (ADCC) was founded on 20th November 1996, with the impressive Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, named by global cable and satellite sports television channel ESPN as among the world’s best, being completed in 2005.

The Stadium’s inaugural international match was staged between India and Pakistan in April 2006 and was attended by 20,000 enthusiastic fans. The Stadium has since seen hundreds of domestic and international matches from the passion of Pakistan vs. India games to the party of the Indian Premier League to the celebrations of Afghanistan’s victory in last year’s Desert T20 tournament. The Stadium has also been used by several international associations as a winter training ground, most notably by the England Cricket Board.

Recent investments to develop the facility will ensure that the Stadium will be known for more than cricket. Indeed, Abu Dhabi Cricket will become the home for a range of coaching academies, clubs, groups and schools for football, touch rugby, tennis, netball, basketball, squash and much more.

About Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

ADSC is aligned to the emirate’s leadership vision to develop sport and youth activities. The Council promotes an effective, emirate-wide sports calendar that stimulates the desire to participate in quality sports among all Abu Dhabi residents and helps the talented and motivated reach their sporting potential.

The Council also hosts and supports the staging of international world-class sporting events. These include: the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA; the Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; the ITU World Triathlon Series; the Gary Player Invitational; the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour, the Red Bull Air Race; the Mubadala World Tennis Championship; the 2017 and 2018 FIFA Club World Cups UAE; the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE and the UCI WorldTour event, The UAE Tour.

We at ADSC firmly believe that sporting events deliver a host of benefits for the emirate and its residents. These span improved health and wellness, the building of community spirit, the discovering of local talent and the delivery of international exposure of the emirate as a world-class sporting events hub.

Dubai, December 02, 2018 

Records are created to be broken. That has been proven again and again in the T10 League – the world’s first and so far only professional ten-over format cricket league. The Second Season of the T10 League, which is taking place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018, has seen a number of world records being created, broken and re-created.

The memorable 2nd Season of the T10 League produced some exciting moments and a number of records that were broken to recreate new records within hours and days!

The Second Season of the T10 League also raised the possibility of an individual scoring a century in ten overs, as Alex Hales came to the closest with 87 not out. It looks like he was running out of balls to score a century.

As the UAE celebrates its 47th National Day, the world’s most popular cricketing venue, Sharjah Cricket Stadium sees the birth of an sporting innovation – the ten-over format cricket – that none of the cricket playing countries dared to launch on a professional level.

His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, said, the T10 League has been a huge success and will re-position the UAE in the global cricket map, while meeting teams and speaking to a packed crowd at the  Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday evening.

“The UAE is a country of peace, harmony and tolerance, where nationals of more than 200 countries live happily and in harmony. It is due to the peaceful and harmonious environment, we see innovative steps are undertaken and the T10 League is an important innovative step that will popularise the game of cricket and this is emerging from the UAE and will spread to the world,” Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister for Tolerance and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, told the audience, who were watching T10 League matches.

“The first edition of the T10 League in 2017 was witnessed by thousands of cricket lovers at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and watched by millions of cricket fans across the cricketing world, saw a total of 2,914 runs scored in 13 matches that was powered by 245 boundaries and 172 sixes.

“More than 73.2 percent of the total 2,914 came through boundaries while the highest team score touched 132-run mark and the record for the highest individual score hit 69,” Sheikh Nahyan said.

“Earlier, the batsmen used to dominate the T10 League. But now I see the bowlers are also coming back strongly to dominate the match as it becomes interesting,” he said this while watching the match between Northern Warriors and Rajputs – an innings dominated by bowlers as they restricted Rajputs to 64 for 8 in 10 overs.”

Highest Team Total Run Record

First, the newcomers Northern Warriors smash 183 in 10 overs – the highest in the first ten overs in any cricket format – a new world record! That translates to more than three runs per ball – will be hard to crack – for some time. This is the highest T10 League score by any team and by far the highest score in any given ten overs in any format!

Northern Warriors’ scored more runs in ten overs than most teams in T20 matches to raise the bar of the ten-over matches in T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday, 23rdNovember, 2018.

Batting Record

Another record was made when Afghan opener Mohammed Shahzad equalled world record of fastest 50 in 12 balls on Wednesday, 21st November 2018, the inaugural match T10 League season 2. His 74 was the highest individual score in the T10 format, which lasted for just 11 days, when Jonny Bairstow, the English Test cricketers whacked an unbeaten 84 off 24 balls including six fours and eight sixes for Kerala Kings – to create a new world record.

However, this record was broken by Alex Hales who blasted 87 not out on December 1, 2018. Mohammed Shahzad’s 74 score is now the sixth highest!

Nicholas Pooran scored the highest individual scores of 306 in eight matches, followed by Andre Fletcher who scored 267 in 7 encounters. Pooran also hit 10 sixes – the highest in an innings – when he scored 77 against Punjabi Legends. He also holds the record of hitting the highest number of sixes in the T10 League – 31 in total – in 8 innings.

Bowling Record

Beside these records, Pakistani all-rounder playing for the team Bengal Tigers, Aamer Yamin, created history with 4 wickets in 4 consecutive deliveries against Northern Warriors on Thursday, 22nd November 2018.

The same day, veteran Indian cricketer 47-year-ol Pravin Tambe took 5 wickets for 15, including a hat-trick.

Hardus Viljoen remained the league’s top bowler with 16 wickets from eight innings that he played.

Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, Founder and Chairman of T10 League, said, “We are very honoured and pleased to be able to create history in the UAE – that helps millions of people pursue their dreams. We are happy to contribute to the success of the UAE by launching the T10 League in the UAE that is now creating history through new records almost every day.

“The T10 League has managed to bring out the best in cricket and is now ready to re-write the history of the game by giving it a new direction with solid power play. Cricket is going to be a match of 90 minutes that will draw the attention of the viewers to the fullest.

“The ten-over format is much more exciting than any other formats and the way this high-powered match is played, is bound to create new records. We are very delighted about how the league’s 2nd season has turned out, especially, with the flurry of records.

“Over the last 4 days, there were huge crowd came through the stadium door to see their favorite teams and players play. I feel extremely proud about the league’s success so far. T10 is creating new histories in the great field of cricket and we expect to continue creating more records and give more to the audiences.”

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that is licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) – making it the world’s first professional first-class cricket league in the ten-over format.

The T10 League matches are telecast live through Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN in India, Ten Sports in Pakistan, Ten Cricket in Middle East and North Africa. It is also streamed on SonyLIV.

The 2018 edition that started on November 21 and spread over 12 days, concludes on December 2, 2018 with a total of 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017.

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Zaheer Khan, Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.

Dubai, December 02, 2018 

Front runner for championship Pakhtoon fell short of 22 runs as the target of 141 runs set for championship by newcomers Northern Warriors deemed too high for the Pakhtoon team.

As a result, Northern Warriors clinched the title in the final match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The T10 League has a new champion, Northern Warriors.

Winning the toss, Pakhtoon captain Shahid Afridi asked Northern Warriors to bat, hoping to restrict the newcomers to a comfortably low score. However, Northern Warriors captain Daren Sammy had other plans.

Newcomers Northern Warriors put up a fighting score of 140 for three in their allotted ten overs, led by Rovman Powell’s 61 off 25 balls that included eight fours and four sixes and Andre Russell’s 38 off 12 balls, powered by three fours and four sixes. League’s top scorer Nicholas Pooran added 18 runs in 10 balls to his 206 runs of the tournament to take it to 324 runs total.

Liam Dawson was the most expensive bowler, giving away 27 runs in one over that helped the Northern Warriors to put up the second highest total of the T10 League so far.

While chasing the highest T10 League total, Pakhtoon team had a modest start. They were chasing the target well till the fifth over. However, it was Hardus Viljoen, who took two wickets in quick succession to restrict the run chase as wickets continue to fall and the Pakhtoon team could only manage 118 for 7 wickets in the end.

Chris Green took two for 11 to further damage the Pakhtoon run chase.

Dubai, December 01, 2018 

Hardus Viljoen ripped apart the Maratha Arabian’s batting line taking three for six runs to restrict them to 72 for eight that helped Northern Warriors to win the match by 10 wickets in five overs in the 27th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

He was well supported in the devastating attack by Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz who took two for 7 runs and Andre Russell who took two for 21.

Chasing a relatively low score, T10 League top scorer Nicholas Pooran started his innings with ab blistering attack, hitting boundaries all over the stadium till the opening pair crossed the target in five overs with 30 balls to spare.

Pooran remained top scorer with 43 runs not out off 16 balls that included five fours and three sixes while Lendl Simmons scored an unbeaten 31 off 14 balls that included four boundaries and two sixes.

Pooran also tops the list of batsmen with 306 runs from eight innings, while Viljoen remains the league’s top bowler with 16 wickets from eight matches.

With this, the newcomers Northern Warriors will play in the finals against Pakhtoon, while Maratha Arabians will play against Bengal Tigers for the third position.

Dubai, December 01, 2018 

A brilliant knock of 87 runs off 32 balls by Alex Hales pushed Bengal Tigers out of the finals in the 26th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Hales’ knock was powered by six fours and eight sixes that helped the Maratha Arabians cruise past the 135 put by the Bengal Tigers – who will play for the third position on Sunday. Dwayne Bravo hit 27 off 9 balls to help Marathas reach 138 for three with five balls to spare.

The best part of the Maratha Arabians’ innings was a brilliant 32 off Mohammad Nabi’s six balls – that turned the match against the Bengal Tigers. Nabi eventually gave 38 runs in 7 balls.

Alex’s 87 score is the highest individual score in the ten-over format, surpassing the 84 scored by Jonny Bairstow on Friday.

Earlier, Bengal Tigers put up a fighting score of 135 losing 7 wickets, when invited to bat by Maratha Arabians after winning the toss. Bengal Tigers’ started by losing their first wicket in the first over after scoring the first run. Their second loss came in the third over with 13 runs on the score board.

However, opener Sunil Narine and Sherfane Rutherford rescued the team. After Rutherford’s out at 49, the Bengals lost the star batsman Narine at 64, after scoring a fine knock of 40. Mohammad Nabi and Riki Wessels continued to fight back and when Wessels was bowled out by Bravo, the Bengals reached a respectable total of 105 for 5 in the 9th over.

Bravo took four wickets for 16 runs in his stipulated two overs to restrict Bengal Tigers.

UAE-based Muhammad Usman hit three sixes in five balls to score 16 and take the total to 135 for 7 that put Maratha Arabians under pressure.

Dubai, December 01, 2018 

Shahid Afridi came to the rescue of Pakhtoon to with a captain’s knock of unbeaten 59, to put up a team total of 135 for 5 that was too hot to handle by the challengers Maratha Arabians, who appeared certain to score up, well almost, in a decider for the first finalist of the 2nd Season of the T10 League currently underway at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, on Saturday, 1st December, 2018.

Pakhtoon beat Northern Warriors by 13 runs in the 1st Qualifier match of the 2nd T10 League, which gave them direct pass for the final.

In response to Pakhtoon, Northern Warriors put up 122 for 4 on the score card, guided by Rovman Powell’s 80 off 35 balls that included 9 sixes and 4 boundaries, not out is the second highest individual score, which failed his team Northern Warriors to secure a win.

Shahid Afridi, the captain of team Pakhtoon guided his team to the final with his 59 runs of 17 balls including 7 sixes and 3 boundaries. Afridi told the media at the post-match conference that he enjoys playing in this format and how cricketers need to enjoy to make the crowd cheering for them to enjoy.

“My team always has great expectations from me. We did not start well, as planned, but picked up later. I’m very confident, my team is also very much motivated. It was not easy to win against such strong team like Northern Warriors. But we did it.” he said.

While asked about the pressure he faced, he said “Not only T10, the whole cricket is about pressure. For the T10 what happens is when an over or two get out of your hand, it becomes very difficult to comeback.”

“I always try my level best to ease the pressure on team and perform well when my team needs me.”

About playing with young stars he said, “I’m really proud to lead a very talented young stars. T10 is very good opportunities for them. It gives them a chance practice more and show their talents.”

Dubai, November 30, 2018  

Northern Warriors beat Rajputs by seven wickets with 25 balls to spare as they cruise past the target of 65 in a bowler-dominated encounter that saw the newcomers Northern Warriors lead the tournament points table with 10 points from six matches at the 2nd Season of the T10 League on Friday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

 Northern Warriors’ wicket keeper Nickolas Pooran destroyed Rajputs field deployment by 45 runs unbeaten in convincing partnership with Dwayne Smith, both took off with winning strokes.

 Khary Pierre who took three wickets for 10 runs was adjudged the Player of the Match. While talking to media at the post-match press conference, he said, the T10 is a great format it needs a certain mental strength to keep control and keep the hitting momentum.

 Captain of winning Northern Warriors team Daren Sammy, said T10 format has the great potential to reach to the world level because there still space for formats like T10. He says the team who has better bowling line-up is in a better position.

 “Team with the best bowling side will win and it’s the bowlers who will make a difference, not batsmen,” he said.

 Northern Warriors won the toss and chose to field and won the match losing just three wickets.

 Earlier, Rajputs played 10 overs and scored 64 for 8 wickets. Consecutive fall of Rajputs lost the grip on game and tumbled to ground. However they fought with full spirit and batsman Qais Ahmad stood on the ground with an unbeaten 19 runs.

Dubai, November 30, 2018  

English batsman Jonny Bairstow, fresh from his team’s Sri Lanka tour, smashed a new T10 World Record of 84 not out off 24 balls and guided Kerala Knights to win against Bengal Tigers with seven wickets and eight balls to spare, breaking the earlier record of 74 by Mohamed Shahzad on the first day of the T10 League.

Jonny Baristow told the media at the post-match conference that he enjoy playing in this format. “I like playing all formats, especially the T20 matches. However, here you have less balls to play, so every ball is important and you can’t afford to allow dot balls. Then you need to make up by hitting sixes to catch up,” he said.

His 84 off 24 balls were fired up with eight sixes and six boundaries – 72 without having to physically run, when chasing a modest target of 123 for 5 set by Bengal Tigers. He was supported by Chris Gayle’s 19.

Earlier, Bengal Tigers put up 123 for 5 on the score card, guided by Sunil Narine’s 52 off 25 balls that included four sixes and four boundaries, Sherfane Rutherford’s 39 runs off 17 balls that included four boundaries and three sixes.

Kerala Knights bowlers Howell and Parnell both bagged two wickets each to restrict Bengal Tigers scoring spree, who were looking at a much higher score.

The win might not help the Kerala Kings’ bid to qualify, but makes Bengal Tiger’s bid to make it to the top four.

Dubai, November 29, 2018  

Umar Akmal hit a brilliant 41 off 21 balls that included four sixes and three fours to make Punjabi Legends’ fightback look so easy that they won by 5 wickets in 8.5 overs with seven balls to spare against the mighty and popular Pakhtoons in the 21st match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Akmal batted all along with a cool head while wickets continued to fall on the other side of the crease and in the end, helped his team win easily to seal the fourth position in the points table with six points from six encounters so far.

Sohail Khan and Liam Dawson both claimed two wickets each to try and restrict the Punjabi Legends and at one point of time, appeared to have been successful. However, it was Umar Akmal who stood between the two teams and ensure Punjabi Legends have the last laugh.

Earlier, Colin Ingram and Andre Fletcher launched a blistering attack for Pakhtoons that looked like they were gunning for a huge score. However, Punjabi Legends bowlers put a brake in their boundaries.

Player of the Match Hassan Khan, who took 4 Pakhtoons wickets for 22 runs remained the hero for the Punjabi Legends. He nearly destroyed Pakhtoons’ any hopes to make it big.

Dubai, November 29, 2018  

Bengal Tigers won a nail-biting thriller against the newcomers Sindhis by seven wickets in the last ball in the tournament’s highest successful run-chase in the in the 20th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Winning the toss, Bengal Tigers invited Sindhis to bat and the newcomers amassed 134 for 4 in what looked like an easy win, powered by Anton Devcich’s swashbuckling 64 runs off 23 balls that included 6 fours and five sixes, well backed by opener Samiullah Shinwari’s 44 off 26 balls powered by four bounderies and two sixes.

Mohammad Nabi took three wickets for 20 runs in his two overs.

Bengal Tigers responded their innings with explosive start with star striker Jason Roy and his opening partner Sunil Narine going after the Sindhis bowlers. The Tigers continued to roar despite Sunil Narine’s out at 61 when Rutherford and Roy continued their offensive batting. They riched 90 in the 7th over, and after Rutherford’s exit at 106 runs, the Bengal Tigers were in a commanding position with higher run rate than lower asking rate.

Mohammad Nabi and Captain Sam Billings closed the gap, after Jason Roy’s out when the score board ticked 123, with the Tigers needing 12 runs from 10 balls. Tigers eventually equalled the score in 9.5 balls helped by two dropped catches, requiring them to score 1 to win in 1 ball. Mohammad Nabi hit a boundary to win the match at the last ball with seven wickets on hand.

Jason Roy, Player of the Match, top scored for the winning team, hitting 64 off 35 balls with five sixes and six fours, well supported by Sunil Narine hitting 22 in only 6 balls powered by three sixes.

Mohammad Nabi gave the finishing touches with 25 off 10 balls including one six and three fours.

The win repositioned Bengal Tigers to third place in five matches with six points from three wins.

Dubai, November 29, 2018  

With the growing popularity of the T10 League and the ten-over format, the game of cricket is changing for the better as batsmen are getting more runs per over, said West Indian batsman Nicholas Pooran, the second highest scorer in the T10 League so far.

Playing for Northern Warriors, Pooran hit 43 off 18 balls, he single-handedly guided his team in a number of wins, and lost count of the number of times securing Player of the Match title.

“The T10 League is definitely taking the game to a higher level and it is obviously going to help increase the scores in the 20-over format and the One-Day Internationals,” he told the media at the post-match conference.

Newcomers Northern Warriors beat Kerala Knights by 8 wickets in the 19th match of the T10 League 2.0 – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday.  

Chasing an easy target of 101 runs for 2 set by the last year’s Champion Kerala Knights, the Northern Warriors were all set for an easy win.

Though Paul Stirling from Kerala Knights showed his classy batting with a powerful 60 off 28 balls to help his team, the other batsmen performed poorly, which resulted in the team’s defeat. Northern Warriors bowlers’ attacks were too strong for the Knights and made them struggle after Paul’s wicket.

From winning team, Nicolas Pooran was the highest scorer with 43 off 18 balls including 5 six and 2 boundaries.

Nicolas Pooran who has been performing really well during the T10 series said that his last few performances boosted his confident today. He also added that batsmen’s performance in T10 matches will help to score higher in T20 matches in future.

Dubai, November 28, 2018  

An explosive batting display by the team Pakthoon cheered the crowd in almost every ball when they overcame a 125-run target by losing only two wickets and four balls to spare against the Maratha Arabians in the 18th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Colin Ingram hit 42 off 13 balls including five sixes and two boundaries, well supported by Cameron Delport’s 36 of 23 balls that included two fours and two sixes to score the winning run to seal the victory. However, it was Shafiqullah Shafiq who set the stage perfectly for the team Pakhtoon with 35 off 16 balls including four sixes to help his teammates go aggressively and hit the winning score.

The match, which was thoroughly enjoyed by a large crowd, cheering for both the teams – showed that competitive score and a good run-chase has its takers in Sharjah.

However the high-score and the high run-chase was possible due to a few dropped catches on both the sides.

Earlier, Maratha Arabians scored 125 losing 6 wickets, partly helped by at least three dropped catches that, had taken, could restrict the Maratha Arabians to a much lower score. Nazibullah Zadran top scored with 36 off 25 deliveries led the charge with three sixes followed by Kamran Akmal’s 25 off 15 balls that included some explosive batting display.

They were well supported by Brendon Taylor who added 23 off 12 balls and Rashid Khan’s 21 off just 7 deliveries that included two sixes and two fours.

With this win, team Pakhtoon now lead the point table with eight points from five matches, followed by the newcomers Northern Warriors who scored six points from four encounters. The loss puts Maratha Arabians at the fifth position among the eight teams.

Dubai, November 28, 2018  

Rajputs beat Punjabi Legends by 12 runs in the 17th match of the T10 League 2.0 – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.  

Punjabi Legends who have been playing poorly from the last few matches, found the Rajputs’ attacks too strong to stand in front of and some deadly pieces of bowling led by Munaf Patel and Tymal Mills were extremely heavy on the batsmen.

Punjabi Legends scored 105 runs losing 6 wickets while chasing Rajputs’ modest total of 117 runs for 5 in ten overs. Umar Akmal and Philip Salt were the highest scorer from Punjabi Legends, both hitting 34 runs in 19 and 17 balls respectively, however, short of meeting the total needed to win.

After Umar Akmal’s wicket, the team started to lose hope and gradually the team’s batting line ran out of steam. Only Philip Salt’s batting made the team going. Among the 6 wickets of Punjabi Legends, 2 were taken by Munaf Patel, 2 by Tymal Mills, 1 by Carlos Brathwaite and 1 by Sayed Shirzad.

Earlier, Rajputs’ captain Brendon McCullum led his team, with 28 off 15 balls including 1 six and 3 boundaries while other batsmen, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Shahzad, Carlos Brathwaite contributed quite handsomely, all scoring above 20 runs to power their team to make 117 runs losing 5 wickets.

In the end, Punjabi Legends, although were bang on target, lost too many early wickets and thus found difficult to match the total.

 

Dubai, November 27, 2018  

Newcomers Northern Warriors won the ‘Battle of the Newcomers’ by a whisker – 1 wicket in the last ball from the jaws of a possible defeat in the 16th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Chasing an easy target of 91 runs for 6 set by the newcomers Sindhis, the Norther Warriors were all set for an easy win. However, Shane Watson, the Sindhis captain had other ideas. His bowlers kept on attacking from different angles and eventually got what they wanted – wickets from both ends.

As a result, the Northern Warriors were one point struggling and looked doubtful of reaching the target. In the middle of the tenth over, they needed five runs off three balls. However, in the end the two tail enders were left with score levelled with one ball to spare. Failing to hit the ball, then managed to outwit wicketkeeper Ghulam Shabbir to steal the last run and eventually win by a wicket.

Sindhis used six bowlers – all bagging wickets. However, they just got unlucky in the end.

Shane Watson again showed his class and leadership with a powerful knock of 50 off 28 balls to help the newcomers Sindhis reach 91 for six in their stipulated ten-over innings that was dominated by the Northern Warriors’ bowlers, namely Andre Russell, Harry Gurney and Hardus Viljoen – all taking two wickets each – to restrict the Sindhis to below 95.

Among the Sindhis, Sri Lankan hitman Thisara Pereira and UAE-based Muhammed Nawaz reached double figure scores – each were out at 11.

T10 League is the world’s first and currently the only professional ten-over format international cricket league backed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), governing body of international cricket.

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Dubai, November 27, 2018  

Maratha Arabians beat Rajputs by 10 wickets in the 15th match of the T10 League 2.0 – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.  

Rajputs’ batsmen found the Maratha Arabians’ attacks too hot to handle in a cool weather, when the crowd was looking for something to cheer. However, it was the Maratha Arabian bowlers who put cold water into their expectations with some deadly pieces of bowling led by James Faulkner’s attacks that were extremely heavy on the batsmen from the second over.

Rajputs scored 63 runs losing 7 wickets, which is the lowest in T10 League so far.  Ben Dunk was the highest scorer from Rajputs, who hit 15 off 9 balls including 1 six and 1 boundary.

After Brendon McCullum and Mohammad Shahzad’s wickets, the team started to lose hope and gradually the team’s batting line ran out of steam which reflected in their score. Among the 7 wickets of Rajputs, 3 were taken by James Faulkner, 2 by Richard Gleeson, 1 by DJ Bravo and 1 by Roelof Van der Merwe.

The low score was a very comfortable target for the Maratha Arabian batsmen and their opening pair made it look too easy by their aggressive batting.

Hazratullah Zazai, who has been displaying a very robust batting throughout the series, hit 29 off 12 balls including 2 sixes and 3 boundaries and gave the crowd a reason to cheer about with his batting while Alex Hales hit 27 off 18 balls including 2 sixes and 3 boundaries to power their team to a comfortable win in five overs, with 30 balls to spare.

Dubai, November 26, 2018  

Pace bowler Hassan Khan demolished Kerala Knights’ batting line by taking four for 21 in his stipulated two overs to snatch victory for Punjabi Legends from the jaws of a possible defeat as they successfully defended 107 for five in the 14th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Veteran Indian bowler Praveen Kumar did the rest by taking three for 21 in his two overs. Kerala Knights defence crumbled at 71 runs all out when the last batsman pulled a catch.

West Indian demolishing man Chris Gayle top scored for the Kerala Knights with 35 off 19 balls with three fours and three consecutive sixes and then got out when he was looking dangerous for the Punjabi Legends.

Earlier, Kerala Knights won the toss and invited Punjabi Legends to bat. The Legends managed to score 107 for 5 in their 10 overs, led by Umar Akmal who hit 30 off 17 balls with two sixes and three fours, well supported by Chris Jordan who scored 24 of 7 balls including two sixes and two fours to cross the 100-run mark.

UAE-based Mohammad Naveed, who plays for Kerala Knights, displayed one of the best bowling performances in his first over, by taking two wickets in his first over, conceding just three runs.

The match was dominated by the bowlers with 15 wickets falling in 90 minutes. Kerala Nights 71 was the lowest score in the season.

Dubai, November 26, 2018  

Pakhtoon beat Bengal Tigers by 7 wickets in the 13th match of the T10 League 2.0 – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Andre Fletcher’s series of sixes and boundaries wrecked the spirit of Bengal Tigers’ bowlers, who finished their innings 93 runs losing 6 wickets.

Andre Fletcher, who hit 47 off 18 balls including 5 sixes and 3 boundaries entertained the crowd with his battings prowess while Colin Ingram hit 27 off 13 balls including 2 sixes and 2 boundaries to power their team to a comfortable win.

Earlier Bengal Tigers scored 93 runs losing 6 wickets. Sherfane Rutherford was the highest scorer from Bengal Tigers, who hit 24 off 12 balls including 3 sixes.

From the beginning Bengal Tigers’ batsmen found it difficult to stand in front of Pakhtoon’s aggressive bowling. After Sherfane Rutherford’s run out the team started to lose wickets and after Mohammad Nabi was out, the team’s batting line ran out of steam which reflected in there score. Among the 6 wickets of Bengal Tigers, 2 were taken by RP Singh, one by Mohammad Irfan, one by Sohail Khan, one by Liam Dawson and another run out.

T10 League is the world’s first and currently the only professional ten-over format international cricket league backed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), governing body of international cricket.

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Dubai, November 24, 2018  

Bengal Tigers beat Punjabi Legends by six wickets in six overs with 24 balls to spare, reflecting their strength at the 10th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Jason Roy destroyed the Punjabi Legends attacks with 43 off 14 balls, well supported by Luke Wright who scored 23 off 13 balls to make the win very easy.

Earlier, Punjabi Legends put up 77 for 9 in their stipulated ten overs – the lowest score so far, supported by Skipper Luke Ronchi’s 23 and Umar Akmal’s 18. The Bengal Tiger’s attack was led by Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Sunil Narine, each claiming 2 for 11. 

However, the crowd will remember Amir Yamin for breaking the middle stump as he claimed the wicket of Mitchel McClenaghan. Bengal Tigers rested their star bowler Zaheer Khan for the encounter.

This is the Legends second loss in three encounters, managing just two points. This is also the lowest score in the Second Season of the T10 League, which has seen some explosive batting so far.

Dubai, November 23, 2018  

A massive build-up of 183 for 2 powered by 19 sixes and 10 fours helped the newcomers Northern Warriors to not only seal a win against Punjabi Legends by 99 runs but also raise the bar of the ten-over format cricket in the 8th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday, November 23, 2018.

Northern Warriors’ opening pair put up an impressive 108 runs in in the 7th over to pile up the mammoth total – a very competitive score even in the twenty-over format. When Lendl Simmons left the crease, the score board was ticking 108 for 1 in 6.5 overs while the spectators were waiting for another round of bashing by Andre Russell.

Andre Russell did not disappoint the crowd. He hit 6 sixes in 9 balls to add 38. The run-spree did not stop even after the end of Nicholas Pooran’s big innings of 77 off 25 balls including 10 sixes and two fours, when the scoreboard was ticking 130 for 2. Rovman Powell and Andre Russell then kept on hitting till the last ball to 183 in ten overs.

Facing a daunting challenge of scoring the 183 run target, with more than 3 runs per ball, the Panjabi Legends batting order started to crumble as they kept losing after regular intervals. However, Ravi Bopara’s three wickets in the seventh over virtually ended the Punjabi Legend’s hopes of recovery when they were reduced to 53 for 6 in the 7th over.  Bopara ended his spell of two overs claiming four for 15 runs.

The rest of the innings saw a few rash shots by the tailenders to reach 87 for 7 by the end of the stipulated tenth over.

Dubai, November 23, 2018  

Gross mis-fielding coupled with low score cost Bengal Tigers their second match against Maratha Arabians who comfortably won the 7th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday, November 23, 2018.

Bengal Tigers fielders dropped at least four catches and allowed a couple of boundaries slip through their fingers that helped Maratha Arabians score an easy win – 92 for 1 in 8.2 overs with 10 balls to spare.

Hazratullah Zazai scored 76 in 35 balls with 10 fours and four sizes – a total of 66 runs through boundaries, to make the run chase look so easy. However, this was due to dropped catches and mis-fielding that provided both the openers enough room to level the scores before Zazai was caught at the boundary line.

Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan took the lone wicket, conceding 10 runs in one over.

Earlier, Bengal Tigers managed to score 91 losing 7 wickets with Jason Roy putting 27 on the score card – the team’s highest score – that included two sixes and two fours. Tail-enders Amir Yamin, who bagged four wickets in four consecutive balls on Thursday, displayed his batting prowess, adding 17 runs to the score card that included a six and a four, as Kevon Kooper and wicket-keeper Sam Billings went back without scoring. 

Sherfane Rutherford scored 15 and Afghan all-rounder Mohammed Nabi adding 16 runs the helped the Bengal Tigers to score above a face-saving 90. Chirag Suri added 10, before getting out in the last ball.

T10 League is the world’s first and currently the only professional ten-over format international cricket league backed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), governing body of international cricket.  

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament. 

Dubai, November 22, 2018  

Punjabi Legends’ Chris Jordan rips apart Maratha Arabians’ batting order by taking four wickets for six runs that helped the Punjabi Legends restricts the Maratha Arabians to 78 all out with four balls to spare in the 2nd Season of the T10 League – the world’s largest formal ten-over international cricket tournament – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

The fifth match of the tournament ended with less fanfare as the Maratha Arabians’ battling line continue to struggle amid continued pounding by Punjabi Legends’ focussed attack in which Zahir Khan took three for eight runs that triggered the collapse and saw the Maratha Arabians struggling at 44 for 4 at one point of time and kept on losing wickets regularly.

Alex Hales with 32 off 18 balls and Nazibullah Zadran with 17 runs barely managed to stand against the powerful bowling line of Punjabi Legends. The much talked about Rashid Khan flopped in both bat and bowl and was out without scoring and without any wicket.

Earlier, Punjabi Legends scored 121 for six in their stipulated ten overs, putting up a fighting score, powered by Umar Akmal’s quick-fire 31 off 18 balls while Shaiman Anwar hit two sixes and three boundaries to add 25 off 11 balls to pose a strong challenge to the Maratha Arabians.

Among the Maratha Arabian bowlers, Gleeson picked up three wickets by giving away 11 runs while Zahoor Khan picked up two for 29 runs. The Maratha lead bowler Rashid Khan gave away 15 runs without any success. 

Dubai, November 21, 2018  

Mohammad Shahzad hits 74 off 16 balls to seal the deal for the 

Rajputs at the inaugural match of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday 

Afghan opener Mohammad Shahzad stole the show at the inaugural T10 League match by scoring 74 runs off 16 balls powered by 8 sixes and 6 boundaries that saw Rajputs score the winning 96 runs for no loss in 4 overs, averaging 24 runs per over in T10 League records – both on an individual level and team level – to defeat the newcomers Sindhis in the 2nd Season of the T10 League – the world’s largest formal ten-over international cricket tournament – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Mohammed Shahzad scored back-to-back boundaries and sixes in the last two overs to seal the deal in what virtually became a nearly one-sided match, hitting Sindhi bowlers all over the stadium. He hit a total of 14 boundaries off the 16 balls played by him that included a dot ball.

Captain Brendon McCullum scored 21 off eight balls with two sixes and a boundary, to support his aggressive opening partner.

The Sindhis, powered by captain Shane Watson’s smashing 42 runs off 20 balls put up a score of 94 for 6 in the first innings when invited to bat by the Rajputs captain Brendon McCullum.

Shane Watson’s 42 runs were powered by three sixes and four boundaries – altogether fetching 34 runs through boundaries – that eventually went in vain. None of his teammates could score a double-digit while two batsmen scored 9 each as second-highest of the innings.

Dubai, November 21, 2018  

Kerala Knights:
Eoin Morgan (Icon Player, Captain, England), R.S. Sodhi (India), Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan), Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Paul Stirling (Ireland), Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka), Chris Gayle ( West Indies), Junaid Khan (Pakistan), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Tom Curran (England) , Fabian
Allen (West Indies), Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Imran Nazir (Pakistan), Benny Howell (England), Muhammad Naveed (UAE) and Abdul Shakoor (UAE)

Maratha Arabians:
Rashid Khan (Icon Player, Afghanistan), S. Badrinath (India), Kamran Akmal (Pakistan), Alex Hales (England), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), James Faulkner (Australia), Lasith Malinga (Sri
Lanka), Liam Livingstone (England), James Vince (England), Brendan Tayl or (Zimbabwe), Adam Lyth (England), Roelof van der Merwe (Netherlands), Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan) , Richard Gleeson (England), Zahoor Khan (UAE) and Amir Hayat (UAE)

Pakhtoons:
Shahid Afridi (Icon Player, Pakistan), R.P. Singh (India), Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan), Liam Dawson (England), Colin Ingram (South Africa), David Willey (England), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Andre Fletcher (West Indies), Sohail Khan (Pakistan), Sharafuddin Ashraf (Afghanistan), Chadwick Walton (West Indies), Shapoor Zadran (Afghanistan), Gulbadin Naib (Afghanistan), Cameron Delport (South Africa), Hafiz Kaleem (UAE) and Sheer Walli (UAE).

Punjabi Legends:
Shoaib Malik (Icon Player, Pakistan), Praveen Kumar (India), Chris Jordan (England), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand), Liam Plunkett (England), Evin Lewis (West Indies) , Mohammad Sami (Pakistan), Zahir Khan (Afghanistan), Umar Akmal (Pakistan), Mitchell McClenaghan ( New Zealand), Tom Moores (England), Anwar Ali (Pakistan), Jade Dernbach (England), Hasan Kha n (Pakistan), Shaiman Anwar (UAE) and Sandy Singh (UAE).

Sindhis:
Shane Watson (Icon Player), Pravin Tambe (India), Anton Devcich (New Zealand), Ben Laughlin (Australia), Jofra Archer (England), Ben Cutting (Australia), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Dinesh Ramdin (West Indies), Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan), Dawid Malan (England), Fawad Ahmed (Australia), Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka), Samiullah Shenwari (Afghanistan), Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan), Ahmad Raza (UAE) and Ghulam Shabbir (UAE).

Bengal Tigers:
Sunil Narine (Icon Player, West Indies), Zaheer Khan (India), Jason Roy (England), Asif Ali (Pakistan), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Sam Billings (England), Morne Morkel (South Africa), Aamer Yamin (Pakistan), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Sherfane Rutherford (West Indies), Kevon Cooper (West Indies), Rayad Emrit (West Indies), Ali Khan (United States), Chirag Suri (UAE) and Muhammad Usman (UAE).

Northern Warriors:
Darren Sammy (Icon Player, West Indies), Amitoze Singh (India), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan) , Nicolas Pooran (West Indies), Andre Russell (West Indies), Dwayne Smith (West Indies) , Ravi Bopara (England), Rovman Powell (West Indies), Harry Gurney (England), Chris Green (Australia) , Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Khary Pierre (West Indies), Kennar Lewis (West Indies) , Imran Haider (UAE) and Rahul Bhatia (UAE).

Rajputs:
Brendon McCullum (Icon Player, New Zealand), Munaf Patel (India), Chris Lynn (Australia), Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan), Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan) , Tymal Mills (England), Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies), Rahat Ali (Pakistan), Samit Patel (England), Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan), Ben Dunk (Australia), Shan Masood (Pakistan), Peter Trego (England), Rohan Mustafa (UAE) and Ashfaq Ahmed (UAE).

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

We fully support and appreciate the efforts of ICC in their endeavor to keep the game of cricket clean including T10 League and all other leagues.

We hereby state that the charged person (ref: https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/911098) was neither an official nor a player or in any ways connected to the T10 League which was held from Dec 14 to 17 2017.

We have always worked and continue to work closely with the Anti-Corruption Unit of ICC to keep the T10 League clean.

For any more comments please contact:

Col. Arvinder Singh, Chief Operating Officer – T10 League, Email: [email protected], Tel:  054 582 3588

Monday, August 27, 2018

T10 Cricket League – the world’s first 10-over cricket league sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, starts Season 2 with the Team Draw led by Kerala Knights and Punjabi Legends – the Champions and Runners-up teams of the first T10 League.

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn into two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 Cricket League from November 21 to December 2 – the UAE National Day.

T10 Cricket League was launched last year by T10 Sports Management to popularise the game of cricket in its shortest format – that concludes within less than two hours in which two teams bat it out in ten overs – or just 60 balls – thrilling the crowd.

Preparation for the Second Season of the T10 Cricket League stars following the runaway success of the first Season that drew a large crowd at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and watched by fans across the GCC, South Asia and parts of the African continent where cricket is a popular sport.

The event takes place at the backdrop of the recent recognition by the International Cricket Council (ICC) the global governing body of cricket – that makes it the world’s first ten-over format league.

This year, two teams – The Sindhis and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 Cricket League.

“The T10 Cricket League is gaining ground with the formal recognition of the International Cricket Council and the interest shown by the stakeholders that encouraged us to add two new teams to the league,” Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of T10 Cricket League and T10 Sports Management, said.

“Today’s Team Draw is a testimony to the growing popularity of not only the T10 Cricket League – but also the game of cricket – which could now be played and in less than two hours. I am pleased to announce the Team Draw led by last year’s Champions Kerala Kings and Runners-Up Punjabi Legends.

“This year’s T10 Cricket League will help expand and popularise the game of cricket further. We see this as a growing movement and I urge all to join this and help take the game further.”

The Team Draw – an important part of the tournament – will decide which team will play against which ones in the league and then develop their winning strategies.

The Team Draw will be followed by a Player’s Draw taking place a few weeks’ later that will see the world’s top cricketers being selected by the eight teams – from a pool of cricketing legends.

Salman Iqbal, President of the T10 Cricket League, said, “Team Draw is very crucial for each team in their journey to the top. Today’s Team Draw will help the teams to plan their team formation and strategy, going forward.

“Cricket is being re-invented in the UAE and the T10 Cricket League is at the forefront of this journey. We are getting a large crowd joining us in this great journey where we hope to break new grounds with many more surprises to come.”

Dubai, Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Eight teams have formed some of the best combinations from a pool of 64 top cricketers in the Players’ Draft for the 2.0 Se10 League – the limited ten-over format cricket – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League.

This year, two teams – The Sindhis and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 League.

This year’s Players’ Draft featured a number of Afghan players who displayed exceptional skills in the international cricket, following gaining Test status,

Last year’s champions Kerala Knights have picked up top draw Chris Gale, Junaid Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tom Curran, Fabian Allen, Niroshan Dickwella, Benny Howell, as well as Imran Nazir – making a strong come back after being on the side line for a while.

Players such as Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Luke Ronchi, Muhammad Sami, Zahir Khan, Umar Akmal, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tom Moores, Anwar Ali, Jade Dernbach and Hassan Khan have been selected by Punjabi Legends – last year’s runners’ up team.

Bengal Tigers have picked up Morne Morkel, Aamir Yamin, Mohammed Nabi, Kusal Perera, Sherfane Rutherford, Kevon Cooper, Dan Christian, Ali Khan and Rayad Emrit from the draft while Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Asif Ali have previously been selected by the team.

Maratha Arabians, led by the Afghan sensation Rashid Khan, have picked up Alex Hales, Kamran Akmal, James Faulkner, Lasith Malinga, James Vince, Liam Livingstone, Brendan Taylor, Adam Lyth, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Najibullah Zadran and Richard Gleeson.

Pakhtoon team picked up Liam Dawson, Mohammed Irfan, David Willy, Colin Munroe, Andre Fletcher, Sohail Khan, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Chadwick Walton, Shahpur Zadran, Cameron Delport and Gulbadin Naib while team Rajputs chose Mohammed Hafeez, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammed Shahzad, Tymal Mills, Carlos Brathwaite, Rahat Ali, Samit Patel, Qais Ahmad, Ben Dunks, Peter Trego and Shan Masood.

Among the newcomers, the Sindhis picked up Jofra Archer, Thisara Perera, Ben Cutting, Muhammad Nawaz, David Malan, Fawad Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Joe Clarke, Samiullah Shenwari and Muhammed Irfan Jr.

Another newcomer, Northern Warriors chose Ravi Bopara, Rovman Powell, Harry Gurney, Chris Green, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Kharry Pierre and Kennar Lewis from the draft to be added to Dwayne Smith, Nicholas Pooran.

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that has been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), was born in the UAE in 2017.

The event takes place at the backdrop of the recent recognition by the International Cricket Council (ICC) the global governing body of cricket – that makes it the world’s first official ten-over format league.

Welcoming the pool of international cricketers, Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of the T10 League, said, “The Players’ Draft has been an out and out success, with a wider participation of players from all over the world. In addition to the reputed senior star cricketers, the draft also witnessed bids for some of the most sought after young players who have great potential to contribute to the game of cricket.

“The participation of cricketing legends Wasim Akram, Shahid Afridi, Herschelle Gibbs, Darren Sammy, Daniel Vittori, Stephen Flemming, Robin Singh and Dean Jones were added attraction that reflects the growing popularity and acceptance of the ten-over format cricket.

“The team owners are happy with their selection of players and we are looking forward to an exciting star-studded tournament in November and December this year.”

T10 League was launched last year by T10 Sports Management to popularise the game of cricket in its shortest format – that concludes within less than 90 minutes in which two teams bat it out in ten overs – or just 60 balls – thrilling the crowd.

Preparation for the Second Season of the T10 League started following the runaway success with sold-out stadium during all the four days of the first Season that drew full-gallery crowd at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and watched by cheering fans across the GCC, South Asia and parts of the African continent where cricket is a popular sport.

A number of Bollywood and Lollywood celebrities from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will add festive flavour to the ten-day tournament to be watched live in more than 20 countries across the world.

Parvez Khan, Board Member of the T10 League, said, “The successful Players Draft will set the ball rolling for the ten-day explosive tournament that will set new records in the ten-over format. The team coaches will now plan their strategies and winning formula to strengthen their chances.

“This year, we are expecting cricket fans travelling to the UAE to watch the tournament and this way, the T10 League will reinforce the UAE’s position as a sporting hub in the Middle East.”

The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Shoeb Malik, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.

September 25, 2018

Northern Warriors, the new franchise to join the Second Season of the T10 League, has rallied a strong team under the captaincy of former West Indian skipper Darren Sammy, also the Icon Player & the only player in the World who has lead West Indies in winning two successive World Cups, and Andre Russell, in its bid for the second T10 League trophy taking place from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

The team, combining the talented cricketing combination that also involves Dwayne Smith, Wahab Riaz and Nicholas Pooran, has also picked up eight players from the draft, including Ravi Bopara, Rovman Powell, Harry Gurney, Chris Green, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Kharry Pierre and Kennar Lewis from the draft that make a formidable T10 League team – hard to beat.

Ravi Bopara is the second highest wicket-taker with 4 wickets to his name in the T10 League. Third best average among bowlers who have taken more than 4 wickets while Wahab Riaz has the best economy rate in the history of T10 League, conceding just 7.7 runs per over. He has the second best economy rate among foreign pacers in CPL and fifth highest wicket taker amongst foreign pacers.

Nicholas Pooran is credited for having the third highest number of catches in the T10 League, with two catches to his name. He holds the record most number of catches in an innings. Also has the 11th highest strike rate amongst batsmen who have played more than 10 balls.

Andre Russell ranks amongst batsmen who have faced more than 2,000 balls in their career in T20s. Andre Russell has the highest strike-rate (167.63). He hit the highest individual score in the recently concluded CPL, with a blitzkrieg knock of 121 not out.

Rawman Powell has the highest average amongst batsmen who played more than 200 balls in the recently concluded CPL (54.83) while Kharry Pierre ranks amongst bowlers who bowled more than 20 overs in CPL, Kharry Pierre had the best average (13.36).

Chris Green is amongst bowlers who bowled 40 or more overs in CPL 2018, had the third best economy rate (6.27). Captain Darren Sammy has six 50s to his name. And is the only captain to win 2 T20 World Cups. Obed MaCoy has best economy for his side, St.Lucia Stars in CPL 2018 amongst bowlers who bowled more than 20 overs. (7.8).

Dawyne Smith is the third highest run-scorer in West Indian history in T20s with 7777 runs to his name while Landl Simmons is the fifth highest run-scorer among West Indians in T20s with 5649 runs to his name.

Harry Gurney is the seventh highest wicket-taker in the Vitality Blast 2018, with 20 wickets to his name while Kennar Lewis scored 237 runs with a highest score of 51 in the CPL 2018 at a SR of 109.72.

Northern Warriors, a new franchise T10 League team formed this year, had earlier appointed former Indian cricketer Robin Singh coach of the team. Singh, a successful coach of the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League last year guided Kerala Kings to lift the first T10 League trophy in the UAE as its coach.

“I am pleased with the team combination and under coach Robin Singh, we have a very bright chance of winning the T10 League Cup,” Mr Mohomad Morani, co-owner of the Northern Warriors, said at a press conference attended by the star players of the team and management. “Our team has a very strong line-up of star players who can face any team combination and we will make a strong bid for the cup.

“Robin Singh has a very good success rate as a coach and his teams usually go on to become the champion. We are very happy and proud to have such a strong line-up of players and I am confident of our success.”

Robin Singh, former fielding coach of Team India, guided Mumbai Indians to lift the IPL title. He also runs a cricket academy under his name.

Darren Sammy, a popular name in cricket, led West Indies in winning two successive T20 World Cup titles – in 2012 and 2016. He also leads the Peshawar Zalmi team in the Pakistan Super League. He was earlier named the Icon Player and Captain of the Northern Warriors team.

Northern Warriors is also co-owned by Mr Shahbaz Elias, business partner of Mr Mohomed Morani – who owns an international event management company, Cineyug that works with the Bollywood film industry. His family has produced a number of successful Bollywood movies.

Northern Warriors is based on the nine northern states of India, there were a lot of warriors and there were some who played cricket, like Sir Ranjitsinh Jadeja and Kumar Shri Duleepsinh. There are tournaments named after them and the team’s logo theme comes from there.

“Northern Warriors is a reflection of our strong commitment to the T10 League and we are in it for the long haul. From this year on, we will remain a serious player and our objective will be to play for the trophy,” he says. “Our team combinations and our preparations are programmed to achieve this.

“The growing popularity of the T10 format cricket is going to grow and we are proud to be one of the eight teams of this pioneer league that will popularise the game of cricket that take only 90 minutes – same like a football match.

“With this league, we want to spread the T10 format worldwide.”

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that has been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is now preparing for the second edition of 2018.

ICC is the cricket’s governing body and its anti-corruption unit examines each league on financial and corruption-related issues. The T10 League management continues to work with the ICC and ECB to deliver a corruption-free tournament and as a result there is no change to the existing sanction.

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 10 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 Leaguemanagement has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of the T10 League, said, “The first edition of the T10 League in 2017 was a great experience of launching a completely new concept of 90 minutes cricket. We made sure all the key areas were covered and the event was executed successfully. DPM managed the operations, The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the ICC managed the anti-corruption activity and also had Colonel Azam from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) monitoring the Pakistani players. Even this year, we have outsourced the anti-corruption, anti-doping and umpires to ICC and their approved agencies. We have incorporated many positive changes listed as under:

  • A new CEO with experience of holding a CEO position of an IPL Franchisee is shortlisted and will be appointed shortly
  • Formed a New Governing council with representatives from Emirates Cricket Board
  • Appointed the ICCAnti-Corruption Unit to handle the anti-corruption and awarded ICC approved agency for anti-doping checks
  • Appointing umpires from the ICCpanel
    • Appointed global auditing firm Ernst and Young as external auditors
    • Appointed Roshan Mahanamaas Head of Technical committee to ensure compliance to all ICC codes and regulations.
    • Embarking on a global talent hunt program to provide talent feed to ECBand appointed Wasim Akram as Director of Talent Hunt programme
    • Appointed Shahid Afridi, Brendon McCullumand Virendra Sehwag as League icons.
    • Passing a regulation that players will not be invited to after parties to eliminate the chances of questionable elements approaching players in such places.

    Saadullah Khan, Partner of the T10 League, said, “The challenges in 2017 was to execute an  all-new format of T10 cricket and run the league in professional manner bringing in high quality of cricket and exciting entertainment. This was done with remarkable success.

    “The second season of T10 in 2018 was launched on the back of highly successful first season with an objective to drive cricket passion further better and bigger. We believe we will deliver a league this year which will far more exciting and better entertainment for larger audiences across the globe. Both in quality and quantity.

    “Let me touch base as reference and record, we are fully mindful of various ICC compliances and make serious and continuous sincere endeavours to total and complete implementation. We hope we will have approval of PCB for participation of Pakistani players as they are an integral part of T 10 cricket growth. I wish the T10 management, audience and players a great event.”

    David East, CEO of Emirates Cricket Board, said, “The first edition of T10 League last year was the start of a very exciting new format that attracted audiences around the globe. The innovation that the T10 management is showing for the second edition bodes well for an event to surpass the outstanding display we saw last year.”

    Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

    This year, two teams – The Sindhis and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 League.

    The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Shoeb Malik, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.

Monday, October 15, 2018 

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that is licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has appointed Sony Pictures Networks as our broadcast partners for South Asia, Middle East and North Africa for three years from its Second Season that takes place from November 21 till December 2, 2018.

The T10 League matches will be telecast live through Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India, Ten Sports in Pakistan, Ten Cricket in Middle East and North Africa. It will also be streamed on SonyLIV.

Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of T10 League, said, “We are delighted to have Sony Pictures Networks as our broadcast partners for Indian Sub-continent and Middle East and North Africa from 2018 edition for three years. This allows us to take the league to a much-wider audience across the region and help us promote the format and grow year-on-year.

“The deal will help popularise the T10 League fast and we are investing a lot of resources to ensure that the ten-over format franchise cricket movement spread across the cricketing world fast. Sony TV and Ten Sports will not only live telecast the league matches, but will feature a number of T10 League activities that we have lined up for its viewers.”

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, distribution and head – Sports and Business at Sony Pictures Networks, said, “We are committed to providing an unparalleled sports viewing experience to sports fans in India. The T10 League has already captured the interest of viewers because of its fast-paced format.

“The second edition has an impressive line-up of players from across the word which is sure to engage viewers who are looking for the best in sports entertainment.”
Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

This year, two teams – Sindhis and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 League.

The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Shoeb Malik, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.

Sony Pictures Networks (SPN), a subsidiary of Sony Corporation, was formed only to run its television broadcasting business. But since then, it has been diversified. The group includes SPN Productions and SPN Distribution as subsidiaries.

The company is responsible of managing Sony’s television channels division in India, such as SET, Sony Ten, AXN and its sister networks. It was founded in India in October 1995 as Multi Screen Media.

Sony entered into the Indian sports TV market in 2002 after acquiring the licence rights for ICC matches from 2003 to 2007, which were broadcast on SET and Sony Max.

In 2008, along with Singapore-based World Sport Group, it won the broadcast rights for Indian Premier League (IPL) matches for 10 years for more than US$1 billion. In April 2012, it launched its first sports channel Sony Six.

In October 2015, it partnered with ESPN to launch another sports channel, named Sony ESPN. On 31 August 2016, it acquired the Ten Sports networks from Zee Entertainment Enterprises for a deal worth US$385 million.

SPN reported an increase of Rs978.691 crore in revenue from operations from the year 2016. Revenue from operations in FY 2017 was Rs49.69 billion compared to previous year, which was Rs39.9 billion.

October 23, 2018 

Eight Indian cricketers, including Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, RS Sodhi and S. Badrinath, will play in the 2nd Season of the T10 League that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

Zaheer Khan, who took 311 wickets in Test cricket, 282 wickets in one-day internationals and 17 T20 wickets in a career spanning 14 years, leads the pack of Indian cricketers to join the Second Season of the T10 League that will help the 12-day event to attract a larger crowd to the T10 League.

Praveen Kumar, who had everything to become a domestic cricket legend with limited pace but ability to swing the ball both ways, persistence to bowl long spells, and an almost intuitive knowledge of how to take wickets on unresponsive wickets, will play at the T10 League this time to enthral the crowd with his cricketing prowess.

Welcoming the Indian cricketers in the T10 League, Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of T10 League, said, “The growing desire by senior Indian cricketers to play in the T10 League reflects the increasing popularity of the game.

“I am happy to announce that we have signed up eight Indian players to play in the 2nd Season of the tournament. This will encourage players from all over the world to join the T10 League movement and help popularise the ten-over format cricket worldwide in the coming years.”

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that is licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has recently appointed Sony Pictures Networks as its broadcast partners for South Asia, Middle East and North Africa for three years.

The T10 League matches will be telecast live through Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India, Ten Sports in Pakistan, Ten Cricket in Middle East and North Africa. It will also be streamed on SonyLIV.

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Saadullah Khan, T10 League Partner and Managing Director, says, “This year’s T10 League will come with a lot of pleasant surprises and the media campaign launched in India and Pakistan is creating a massive amount of interest among cricketers. The popularity of the ten-over format cricket is here to stay and grow with every tournament.

“I take this opportunity to welcome cricketers from all over the world to join the T10 League movement.”

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

This year, two teams – Sindhis and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 League.

The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Shoeb Malik, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.

Colonel Arvinder Singh, Chief Operating Officer of T10 League, said, “I am delighted to welcome the Indian players in the T10 League. Their signing up for the league will inspire others to join the T10 League in future and help popularise the ten-over format cricket in India and the rest of the world.”

Thursday, October 25, 2018

T10 League Management welcomes the decision by Pakistan Cricket Board to issue No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) paving the way for them to play at the Second Season of the T10 League that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday said it has decided to issue NOCs to some of its players for the T-10 League.

“The decision has been made after due diligence was carried out by the PCB in which the Board procured and processed detailed information from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Emirates Cricket Board,” the statement said.

“Furthermore, PCB’s own Anti-Corruption Unit has also carried out a thorough review. It has also been observed that the ICC has given approval for member boards to issue NOCs to their players to take part in the league if they wish so.”

This clears the way for 20 leading Pakistani players to play in the T10 League including two Icon Players – Shahid Afridi and Shoeb Malik as well as Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Hafeez and Asif Ali, among others.

They will be part of a pool of 104 players – representing all major cricket-playing countries split in to eight teams who will play in two groups at the 12-day T10 League.

Welcoming the move, Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of T10 League, thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board for clearing the way for their players to participate at the Second Season of the T10 League. “This will pave the way for Pakistani players to play along with cricketers from other countries in the same team and in the same league – something that will help popularise the ten-over format cricket and attract more fans.

“Now players from all cricketing countries will be able to play and entertain crowd at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium as well as in other parts of the world through our electronic media partners Sony Television Network and other channels.

“Let this usher in a new era in cricketing world where the T10 League is spreading the 10-over format cricket that helps spectators to enjoy the game of cricket in an ideal cricketing environment.”

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that is licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has recently appointed Sony Pictures Networks as its broadcast partners for South Asia, Middle East and North Africa for three years.

The T10 League matches will be telecast live through Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India, Ten Sports in Pakistan, Ten Cricket in Middle East and North Africa. It will also be streamed on SonyLIV.

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Saadullah Khan, T10 League Partner and Managing Director, says, “This decision by Pakistan Cricket Board will help T10 League to create an environment where players from South Asia and other parts of the world can play at the same venue and in the same team.

“The popularity of the ten-over format cricket is here to stay and grow with every tournament. I take this opportunity to welcome cricketers from all over the world to join the T10 League movement.”

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.  

November 5, 2018 

Bengal Tigers picked up Zaheer Khan while Punjabi Legends opted for Praveen Kumar at a draw amongst eight Indian cricketers to play in the T10 League that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

S. Badrinath will play in Maratha Arabians while last year’s Champions Kerala Kings have picked up Reetinder Singh Sodhi to brighten their chances. Pakhtoons selected RP Singh while Rajputs picked up Munaf Patel at the draw. Newcomers Karachians picked up Pravin Tambe, while Northern Warriors have opted for Amitoze Singh.

Zaheer Khan, who took 311 wickets in Test cricket, 282 wickets in one-day internationals and 17 T20 wickets in a career spanning 14 years, leads the pack of Indian cricketers to join the Second Season of the T10 League that will help the 12-day event to attract a larger crowd to the T10 League.

Praveen Kumar, who had everything to become a domestic cricket legend with limited pace but ability to swing the ball both ways, persistence to bowl long spells, and an almost intuitive knowledge of how to take wickets on unresponsive wickets, will play at the T10 League this time to enthral the crowd with his cricketing prowess.

Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of T10 League, said, “The inclusion of some of the most prominent Indian cricketers in the T10 League, will help us to popularise the ten-over format cricket that concludes in 90 minutes.

“The forthcoming T10 League will demonstrate the games growing popularity and I am happy to see the way things are progressing so far. From a four-day event, the T10 League will now run for 12 days that will attract a larger audience at the stadium and beyond through the television channels.”

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that is licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has recently appointed Sony Pictures Networks as its broadcast partners for South Asia, Middle East and North Africa for three years.

The T10 League matches will be telecast live through Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India, Ten Sports in Pakistan, Ten Cricket in Middle East and North Africa. It will also be streamed on SonyLIV.

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

This year, two teams – Sindhis and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 League.

The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Shoeb Malik, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.

Abu Dhabi, UAE, August 7, 2019:

ENGLAND’S WORLD CUP-WINNING CAPTAIN EOIN MORGAN, PAKISTANI GREAT SHOAIB MALIK, AUSTRALIAN ICON SHANE WATSON AND WEST INDIAN POWERHOUSE KIERON POLLARD ALL SET TO PARTICIPATE

 WEST INDIANS OUT IN FORCE AS DARREN SAMMY, ANDRE RUSSELL, SUNIL NARINE AND DWAYNE ‘DJ’ BRAVO

CONFIRM INTEREST TO PLAY AT ZAYED CRICKET STADIUM

 ONE-OF-A-KIND, ICC-SANCTIONED CRICKET EXTRAVAGANZA SET FOR UAE CAPITAL 15-24 NOVEMBER 2019

 ABU DHABI DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND TOURISM, ABU DHABI SPORTS COUNCIL AND ABU DHABI CRICKET JOIN WITH T10 SPORTS MANAGEMENT IN PARTNERSHIP TO 2023

After a scintillating ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, global cricket fever is set to sweep the UAE as a sensational roster of cricket superstars prepares to take the pitch at Zayed Cricket Stadium for the Abu Dhabi T10 from November 15 to 24, 2019.

The third season of the T10 League is set to boast the most impressive collection of talent so far, headlined by several international cricket captains and newly minted World Cup heroes.

The star-studded line-up is set to include England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan; Pakistani favourite Shoaib Malik; West Indies captain Darren Sammy; Sri Lankan duo Angelo Matthews and fast-bowler Lasith Malinga; Australian favourites Shane Watson and Cameron White; Afghanistan’s big-hitting Mohammad Shahzad; and West Indians Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo – all putting their hands up for team selection in the 2019 Abu Dhabi T10 draft.

His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, commented: “Up and down the Abu Dhabi T10 roster you will find world-class talent, big personalities and the best possible ambassadors of the game. We could not be happier at the timing of this partnership to bring the brightest stars in cricket to the UAE, such as Eoin Morgan.”

Eoin Morgan paid homage to the T10 league and reiterated his fondness for the format by comparing it to his England team’s recent success on the world’s highest cricket stage: “I heard from a lot of parents that this year’s (ICC Cricket World Cup) was the first one they could enjoy with their sons or daughters. Kids are discovering the joy of cricket all over again. Well, the T10 is brilliant for bringing kids and first-time fans into the stadium, where you’ve got all the stars, all the action and all the glamour you could hope for. It’s just brilliant for the future of cricket all around.”

Former West Indies Captain Darren Sammy, shared a similarly positive outlook towards the tournament and its new home: “Abu Dhabi is a fantastic choice to host the T10. There’s a mixed audience with plenty of support for cricket. Everything is top-class, so I’ve no doubt the Abu Dhabi T10 will be a smashing success,” he said.

The breakthrough 10-over format boils down all of the cricket tactics and drama into 60 balls per side and 90 minutes of action. This fan-friendly version of cricket is the brainchild of T10 Sports Management Group Founder and Chairman, Shaji Ul Mulk.

“The game is changing as evidenced by the phenomenal success of T20,” said Shaji Ul Mulk. “This recent (ICC Cricket) World Cup was also the most-watched ever. However, in order to continue to grow, it’s critical to showcase the best stars on big stages outside India, England and Australia, where it is already hugely popular.

“That’s why partnering with the Government of Abu Dhabi to host T10 on a long-term basis is a natural win-win for everybody who will now get to experience unparalleled cricket action in a truly unforgettable atmosphere.”

Abu Dhabi T10 builds on the surging popularity of the global game and is the first-ever 10-over league in the world to receive the full backing and sanction of both the International Cricket Council and the Emirates Cricket Board. The eight teams (Kerala Knights, Bengal Tigers, Northern Warriors, Pakhtoon, Deccan Gladiators, Punjabi Legends, Maratha Arabians and Rajput) are readying themselves for the Abu Dhabi T10 draft, slated for mid-September, to determine their full tournament line-ups.

Abu Dhabi Cricket CEO, Matt Boucher, noted; “We feel we’ve bolstered the capital’s glowing portfolio of world-class events by ensuring that Abu Dhabi becomes a must-see ticket on the global cricket calendar for the next five years and what this means for the growth of the sport in the region. It’s another big stride in the growth of cricket in Abu Dhabi and we’re grateful to both the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for making this happen.”

Saeed Al Saeed, Director of Destination Marketing at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said, “We are really looking forward to welcoming cricket fans, both those based in the UAE and those from overseas, for the Abu Dhabi T10, so they can discover for themselves what our extraordinary destination has to offer.”

Even more players and big-names will continue to be announced in the lead up to the Abu Dhabi T10 draft event, scheduled for mid-September.

ZAWYA, 02 May 2019:

Abu Dhabi T10’s official travel partner Nirvana Travel and Tourism has created unmissable deals for cricket enthusiasts, Bollywood fans and those celebrating Diwali this October

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi T10 together with event partners, the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi, this week launched a series of exclusive travel packages at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) for those wishing to celebrate this Diwali with an exciting event like no other.

This year’s Abu Dhabi T10 will bring together some of the world’s most explosive cricketers to compete in short 90-minute games along with Bollywood’s hottest stars and a 12-day Diwali carnival (celebrating the Hindu festival of light) catering to everyone from cricket fans to young families and Indian pop-culture entertainment addicts from 23rd October to 3rd November.

Official travel partner Nirvana Travel & Tourism have been brought on board by the event organisers to take the diverse range of travel packages to local GCC and international markets for those wishing to experience this one of a kind event and the wonders of Arabian culture and hospitality that engulfs the city.

Abu Dhabi T10 event ambassador, Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela, was on hand this week at ATM to promote the new travel packages. Straight off a flight from filming her upcoming movie Pagalpanti in London, the actress launched the packages whilst speaking to travel operators about the incredible event which will be held in the UAE capital over the next five years as part of a landmark deal between Abu Dhabi Cricket, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the Department of Culture and Tourism (Abu Dhabi) and the T10 League.

Commenting about this year’s Abu Dhabi T10, Urvashi Rautela said, “I’m really looking forward to this year’s Diwali festival in particular – this is a new addition to the event which really excites me. I love Diwali and as a Hindu this is one of the biggest festivals of the year for myself and my family – I really look forward to experiencing the celebrations at the Abu Dhabi T10 in October.”

Ms Rautela also spent two days experiencing the wonderful sights of Abu Dhabi visiting Qasr al Watan (the Presidential Palace), Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Louvre, demonstrating the wonders of the nation’s capital to her adoring 16 millions fans across social media.

Saeed Rashed Al Saeed, Director of Destination Marketing from the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) commented, “With the Abu Dhabi T10 League being held here for the next five years, this is further evidence of our ambition to make Abu Dhabi a destination of choice for sporting events, offering residents and visitors the very best sporting action to complement our rich cultural attractions. We are delighted to be able to offer such a wide range of attractive packages at some of the best hotels in Abu Dhabi, to make this an even more memorable trip for those who come to experience the tournament and festival.”

Nirvana Travel and Tourism has put together a range of unique travel packages allowing fans and avid travellers the opportunity to fly into Abu Dhabi and be part of a once in a lifetime experience! Fans will have the chance to witness some of the world’s best players rocket cricket balls into the stands of the iconic Zayed Cricket Stadium as well as enjoy a variety of entertainment options not to mention the wonderful sights and attractions of the UAE capital.

The Abu Dhabi T10 packages start at an attractive price of AED 1,350 for 3 nights and 4 days, with VIP offers starting at less than AED 4,000 per person for three nights at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, and less than AED 8,000 at the Ritz Carlton.

Alaa Al Ali CEO of Nirvana Travel & Tourism stated, “We are very pleased to be appointed as the official travel partners of the Abu Dhabi T10. We have always been an agency that believes in enabling our customers to experience the best in global travel trends and offering affordable packages as we want as many people as possible to enjoy the experience of live games at Zayed Cricket Stadium.”

The packages provide customers with variety from flexi options for 3-day event passes to finals packages and VIP experiences – there is something to ensure that as many people as possible can experience this unique event.

Matthew Boucher, Acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket said, “The Abu Dhabi T10 is a world-class event that brings the excitement and thrill of the shortest form of the game to the very heart of our city. The launch of these packages is a result of an extraordinary level of interest from fans across the globe. We’re thrilled to provide fans with such a wide range of deals at very competitive prices which allows us to demonstrate our commitment to giving people the very best experience and creating a vibrant atmosphere at this event.”

Shaji Ul Mulk, Innovator and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi T10, expressed his delight with the new partnership too, “This is a huge milestone for all of us. We’re looking to take this event to the next level, and we’re excited for Nirvana Travel and Tourism to take these packages to both the local and international markets – something we’re certain fans are going to love. This is a big coup for us, and I am looking forward to it contributing to a very successful tournament.”

Packages are available through Nirvana Travel and Tourism agents or by calling Nirvana Travels direct on +971 2 304 3333.

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 18 March 2019: 

Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, will be the new home of T10 cricket for the next five years, starting with the 2019 season.

Abu Dhabi Cricket (ADC), in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has signed a five year agreement with the organisers of the T10 Cricket League. The shortest form of the game will now be played exclusively at Zayed Cricket Stadium.

To announce the arrival of this exciting new inter-governmental partnership, ADC, ADSC and DCT Abu Dhabi organised a T10 match on the seafront of Abu Dhabi’s iconic Corniche, with T10 aces Colin Ingram, Andre Fletcher and Luke Ronchi having a bat on the beach.

“T10 is fast, punchy, exciting cricket, making it perfect viewing for those of us living in the UAE,” said His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council. “The decision to host T10 in Abu Dhabi is a fitting demonstration of our strategic investments in sporting infrastructure, such as training facilities and match stadiums which we’ve been making over recent years. T10 will bring the latest edge to a city known for its sporting credentials, from Formula 1, to the AFC Asian Cup and the Special Olympics World Games.

“Through bringing T10 to the capital of the nation, we hope cricket’s sporting potential can reach more audiences and introduce more players, young and old, to both cricket and to the wider forms of sport available in Abu Dhabi.” Al Awani concluded.

T10, in which only 120 balls are played in a fast-paced 90 minute game, was first introduced to the UAE in 2017. With eight squads vying for victory in games with an explosive pace, players featured have included Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Shane Watson and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “This announcement is fantastic news for Abu Dhabi. Our city is a major global hub with a huge variety of attractions that cater to people of all ages and backgrounds, and T10’s tournament’s presence in the city for the next five years represents an exciting opportunity to attract even more visitors from around the globe, especially those from India who represent one of DCT Abu Dhabi’s key markets.

“The signing of this agreement shows the level of cross-government support which is implemented in Abu Dhabi, hence we can celebrate how both ADSC and DCT Abu Dhabi are able to continue to collaborate in attracting major events to the emirate.

“DCT Abu Dhabi is keen to broaden the appeal of the emirate to as wide a demographic as possible and this agreement will help us reach out to many more potential visitors who can come and discover our extraordinary destination for themselves.”

Shaji Ul Mulk, Innovator and Chairman of the T10 League, said: “T10 has landed onto the global cricket scene, and this combined partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council, DCT Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Cricket gives T10 a major boost in establishing itself as a credible international form of the game. We are very pleased to be moving to Zayed Cricket Stadium, as we take one of the world’s most exciting sporting cities by storm. The third season of T10 cricket will allow over 100,000 fans the chance to see some of the biggest names in cricket battle it out on the pitch over 90 fast minutes of action.

“My thanks to both ADSC and DCT Abu Dhabi for their support of the T10 league. I’m excited to see the tournament in its new home of Abu Dhabi, cementing the city’s reputation as a central destination for cricket lovers worldwide.”

Matt Boucher, acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket, said: “Zayed Cricket Stadium has been a fulcrum for the city’s sporting life, from providing high quality sport tuition right through to the very best first-class international cricket. This agreement is the perfect private-public partnership for a major sporting event, and you won’t find one much bigger than the T10 in the UAE.

“This move to Zayed Cricket Stadium represents a big next step in the growth of Abu Dhabi’s cricketing ecosystem, by giving fans access to a combined sports and entertainment offering through hosting all forms of the game. Whether its international Test matches or the now shortest form of cricket the game has to offer, we’re continuing to be the home of the sport in the UAE.

Boucher continued: “Abu Dhabi Cricket has a mandate to both host the best-in-class international cricketing events, whilst also serving Abu Dhabi’s multisport community. With eight teams and cricketing superstars showing up in Abu Dhabi later this year, we at Abu Dhabi Cricket can’t wait to welcome the T10 League 2019 to Zayed Cricket Stadium for more action and excitement.”

Australian cricketing legend, Shane Watson, who captains the Deccan Gladiators, said: “T10 is one of the fastest evolving forms of cricket, and fans obviously love it. The move of the league to Abu Dhabi is a great idea – the pitches in Abu Dhabi are beautifully maintained, and as I’ve mentioned before, the conditions are the closest to those in Australia. I can’t wait for T10 and November can’t come quickly enough.”

South African cricketer Colin Ingram, who plays for Pakhtoon, said: “T10 is the cutting edge of the sport: the games are fiery, fast and furious as we battle it out in the middle in a quick hour and a half. It’s been great to be part of the league to this part, and I can’t wait to be back playing again in the new home of T10 Cricket at Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.”

Fellow Pakhtoon team mate and West Indies player, Andre Fletcher, said: “T10 Cricket is a sport like no-other and it’s a great new format of the game to be able to play. Playing in Abu Dhabi is going to be really exciting, especially as this is one of the top sporting destinations in the Middle East, so I can’t wait to see fans who are both local and international coming to Zayed Cricket Stadium and getting involved with all the action.”

Luke Ronchi, the New Zealand cricketer who plays for Punjabi Legends, commented: “Having had the recent pleasure of playing in Abu Dhabi for the Pakistan Super League, I can’t wait to be back at one of the best stadiums in the UAE. The quality of cricket in this country is superb, and T10 is the latest proof of that.”

The first match of the T10 League 2019 will be on 23 October 2019. Tickets and hospitality information will be announced soon.

-ENDS-

About Abu Dhabi Cricket

Abu Dhabi Cricket Club is supported by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and operates under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. The Club is ushering in an exciting new era of cricket in Abu Dhabi with significant investment in facilities and operational upgrades.

Abu Dhabi Cricket Club (ADCC) was founded on 20th November 1996, with the impressive Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, named by global cable and satellite sports television channel ESPN as among the world’s best, being completed in 2005.

The Stadium’s inaugural international match was staged between India and Pakistan in April 2006 and was attended by 20,000 enthusiastic fans. The Stadium has since seen hundreds of domestic and international matches from the passion of Pakistan vs. India games to the party of the Indian Premier League to the celebrations of Afghanistan’s victory in last year’s Desert T20 tournament. The Stadium has also been used by several international associations as a winter training ground, most notably by the England Cricket Board.

Recent investments to develop the facility will ensure that the Stadium will be known for more than cricket. Indeed, Abu Dhabi Cricket will become the home for a range of coaching academies, clubs, groups and schools for football, touch rugby, tennis, netball, basketball, squash and much more.

About Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

ADSC is aligned to the emirate’s leadership vision to develop sport and youth activities. The Council promotes an effective, emirate-wide sports calendar that stimulates the desire to participate in quality sports among all Abu Dhabi residents and helps the talented and motivated reach their sporting potential.

The Council also hosts and supports the staging of international world-class sporting events. These include: the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA; the Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; the ITU World Triathlon Series; the Gary Player Invitational; the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour, the Red Bull Air Race; the Mubadala World Tennis Championship; the 2017 and 2018 FIFA Club World Cups UAE; the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE and the UCI WorldTour event, The UAE Tour.

We at ADSC firmly believe that sporting events deliver a host of benefits for the emirate and its residents. These span improved health and wellness, the building of community spirit, the discovering of local talent and the delivery of international exposure of the emirate as a world-class sporting events hub.

Dubai, December 02, 2018 

Records are created to be broken. That has been proven again and again in the T10 League – the world’s first and so far only professional ten-over format cricket league. The Second Season of the T10 League, which is taking place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018, has seen a number of world records being created, broken and re-created.

The memorable 2nd Season of the T10 League produced some exciting moments and a number of records that were broken to recreate new records within hours and days!

The Second Season of the T10 League also raised the possibility of an individual scoring a century in ten overs, as Alex Hales came to the closest with 87 not out. It looks like he was running out of balls to score a century.

As the UAE celebrates its 47th National Day, the world’s most popular cricketing venue, Sharjah Cricket Stadium sees the birth of an sporting innovation – the ten-over format cricket – that none of the cricket playing countries dared to launch on a professional level.

His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, said, the T10 League has been a huge success and will re-position the UAE in the global cricket map, while meeting teams and speaking to a packed crowd at the  Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday evening.

“The UAE is a country of peace, harmony and tolerance, where nationals of more than 200 countries live happily and in harmony. It is due to the peaceful and harmonious environment, we see innovative steps are undertaken and the T10 League is an important innovative step that will popularise the game of cricket and this is emerging from the UAE and will spread to the world,” Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister for Tolerance and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, told the audience, who were watching T10 League matches.

“The first edition of the T10 League in 2017 was witnessed by thousands of cricket lovers at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and watched by millions of cricket fans across the cricketing world, saw a total of 2,914 runs scored in 13 matches that was powered by 245 boundaries and 172 sixes.

“More than 73.2 percent of the total 2,914 came through boundaries while the highest team score touched 132-run mark and the record for the highest individual score hit 69,” Sheikh Nahyan said.

“Earlier, the batsmen used to dominate the T10 League. But now I see the bowlers are also coming back strongly to dominate the match as it becomes interesting,” he said this while watching the match between Northern Warriors and Rajputs – an innings dominated by bowlers as they restricted Rajputs to 64 for 8 in 10 overs.”

Highest Team Total Run Record

First, the newcomers Northern Warriors smash 183 in 10 overs – the highest in the first ten overs in any cricket format – a new world record! That translates to more than three runs per ball – will be hard to crack – for some time. This is the highest T10 League score by any team and by far the highest score in any given ten overs in any format!

Northern Warriors’ scored more runs in ten overs than most teams in T20 matches to raise the bar of the ten-over matches in T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday, 23rdNovember, 2018.

Batting Record

Another record was made when Afghan opener Mohammed Shahzad equalled world record of fastest 50 in 12 balls on Wednesday, 21st November 2018, the inaugural match T10 League season 2. His 74 was the highest individual score in the T10 format, which lasted for just 11 days, when Jonny Bairstow, the English Test cricketers whacked an unbeaten 84 off 24 balls including six fours and eight sixes for Kerala Kings – to create a new world record.

However, this record was broken by Alex Hales who blasted 87 not out on December 1, 2018. Mohammed Shahzad’s 74 score is now the sixth highest!

Nicholas Pooran scored the highest individual scores of 306 in eight matches, followed by Andre Fletcher who scored 267 in 7 encounters. Pooran also hit 10 sixes – the highest in an innings – when he scored 77 against Punjabi Legends. He also holds the record of hitting the highest number of sixes in the T10 League – 31 in total – in 8 innings.

Bowling Record

Beside these records, Pakistani all-rounder playing for the team Bengal Tigers, Aamer Yamin, created history with 4 wickets in 4 consecutive deliveries against Northern Warriors on Thursday, 22nd November 2018.

The same day, veteran Indian cricketer 47-year-ol Pravin Tambe took 5 wickets for 15, including a hat-trick.

Hardus Viljoen remained the league’s top bowler with 16 wickets from eight innings that he played.

Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, Founder and Chairman of T10 League, said, “We are very honoured and pleased to be able to create history in the UAE – that helps millions of people pursue their dreams. We are happy to contribute to the success of the UAE by launching the T10 League in the UAE that is now creating history through new records almost every day.

“The T10 League has managed to bring out the best in cricket and is now ready to re-write the history of the game by giving it a new direction with solid power play. Cricket is going to be a match of 90 minutes that will draw the attention of the viewers to the fullest.

“The ten-over format is much more exciting than any other formats and the way this high-powered match is played, is bound to create new records. We are very delighted about how the league’s 2nd season has turned out, especially, with the flurry of records.

“Over the last 4 days, there were huge crowd came through the stadium door to see their favorite teams and players play. I feel extremely proud about the league’s success so far. T10 is creating new histories in the great field of cricket and we expect to continue creating more records and give more to the audiences.”

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that is licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) – making it the world’s first professional first-class cricket league in the ten-over format.

The T10 League matches are telecast live through Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN in India, Ten Sports in Pakistan, Ten Cricket in Middle East and North Africa. It is also streamed on SonyLIV.

The 2018 edition that started on November 21 and spread over 12 days, concludes on December 2, 2018 with a total of 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017.

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Zaheer Khan, Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.

Dubai, December 02, 2018 

Front runner for championship Pakhtoon fell short of 22 runs as the target of 141 runs set for championship by newcomers Northern Warriors deemed too high for the Pakhtoon team.

As a result, Northern Warriors clinched the title in the final match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The T10 League has a new champion, Northern Warriors.

Winning the toss, Pakhtoon captain Shahid Afridi asked Northern Warriors to bat, hoping to restrict the newcomers to a comfortably low score. However, Northern Warriors captain Daren Sammy had other plans.

Newcomers Northern Warriors put up a fighting score of 140 for three in their allotted ten overs, led by Rovman Powell’s 61 off 25 balls that included eight fours and four sixes and Andre Russell’s 38 off 12 balls, powered by three fours and four sixes. League’s top scorer Nicholas Pooran added 18 runs in 10 balls to his 206 runs of the tournament to take it to 324 runs total.

Liam Dawson was the most expensive bowler, giving away 27 runs in one over that helped the Northern Warriors to put up the second highest total of the T10 League so far.

While chasing the highest T10 League total, Pakhtoon team had a modest start. They were chasing the target well till the fifth over. However, it was Hardus Viljoen, who took two wickets in quick succession to restrict the run chase as wickets continue to fall and the Pakhtoon team could only manage 118 for 7 wickets in the end.

Chris Green took two for 11 to further damage the Pakhtoon run chase.

Dubai, December 01, 2018 

Hardus Viljoen ripped apart the Maratha Arabian’s batting line taking three for six runs to restrict them to 72 for eight that helped Northern Warriors to win the match by 10 wickets in five overs in the 27th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

He was well supported in the devastating attack by Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz who took two for 7 runs and Andre Russell who took two for 21.

Chasing a relatively low score, T10 League top scorer Nicholas Pooran started his innings with ab blistering attack, hitting boundaries all over the stadium till the opening pair crossed the target in five overs with 30 balls to spare.

Pooran remained top scorer with 43 runs not out off 16 balls that included five fours and three sixes while Lendl Simmons scored an unbeaten 31 off 14 balls that included four boundaries and two sixes.

Pooran also tops the list of batsmen with 306 runs from eight innings, while Viljoen remains the league’s top bowler with 16 wickets from eight matches.

With this, the newcomers Northern Warriors will play in the finals against Pakhtoon, while Maratha Arabians will play against Bengal Tigers for the third position.

Dubai, December 01, 2018 

A brilliant knock of 87 runs off 32 balls by Alex Hales pushed Bengal Tigers out of the finals in the 26th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Hales’ knock was powered by six fours and eight sixes that helped the Maratha Arabians cruise past the 135 put by the Bengal Tigers – who will play for the third position on Sunday. Dwayne Bravo hit 27 off 9 balls to help Marathas reach 138 for three with five balls to spare.

The best part of the Maratha Arabians’ innings was a brilliant 32 off Mohammad Nabi’s six balls – that turned the match against the Bengal Tigers. Nabi eventually gave 38 runs in 7 balls.

Alex’s 87 score is the highest individual score in the ten-over format, surpassing the 84 scored by Jonny Bairstow on Friday.

Earlier, Bengal Tigers put up a fighting score of 135 losing 7 wickets, when invited to bat by Maratha Arabians after winning the toss. Bengal Tigers’ started by losing their first wicket in the first over after scoring the first run. Their second loss came in the third over with 13 runs on the score board.

However, opener Sunil Narine and Sherfane Rutherford rescued the team. After Rutherford’s out at 49, the Bengals lost the star batsman Narine at 64, after scoring a fine knock of 40. Mohammad Nabi and Riki Wessels continued to fight back and when Wessels was bowled out by Bravo, the Bengals reached a respectable total of 105 for 5 in the 9th over.

Bravo took four wickets for 16 runs in his stipulated two overs to restrict Bengal Tigers.

UAE-based Muhammad Usman hit three sixes in five balls to score 16 and take the total to 135 for 7 that put Maratha Arabians under pressure.

Dubai, December 01, 2018 

Shahid Afridi came to the rescue of Pakhtoon to with a captain’s knock of unbeaten 59, to put up a team total of 135 for 5 that was too hot to handle by the challengers Maratha Arabians, who appeared certain to score up, well almost, in a decider for the first finalist of the 2nd Season of the T10 League currently underway at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, on Saturday, 1st December, 2018.

Pakhtoon beat Northern Warriors by 13 runs in the 1st Qualifier match of the 2nd T10 League, which gave them direct pass for the final.

In response to Pakhtoon, Northern Warriors put up 122 for 4 on the score card, guided by Rovman Powell’s 80 off 35 balls that included 9 sixes and 4 boundaries, not out is the second highest individual score, which failed his team Northern Warriors to secure a win.

Shahid Afridi, the captain of team Pakhtoon guided his team to the final with his 59 runs of 17 balls including 7 sixes and 3 boundaries. Afridi told the media at the post-match conference that he enjoys playing in this format and how cricketers need to enjoy to make the crowd cheering for them to enjoy.

“My team always has great expectations from me. We did not start well, as planned, but picked up later. I’m very confident, my team is also very much motivated. It was not easy to win against such strong team like Northern Warriors. But we did it.” he said.

While asked about the pressure he faced, he said “Not only T10, the whole cricket is about pressure. For the T10 what happens is when an over or two get out of your hand, it becomes very difficult to comeback.”

“I always try my level best to ease the pressure on team and perform well when my team needs me.”

About playing with young stars he said, “I’m really proud to lead a very talented young stars. T10 is very good opportunities for them. It gives them a chance practice more and show their talents.”

Dubai, November 30, 2018  

Northern Warriors beat Rajputs by seven wickets with 25 balls to spare as they cruise past the target of 65 in a bowler-dominated encounter that saw the newcomers Northern Warriors lead the tournament points table with 10 points from six matches at the 2nd Season of the T10 League on Friday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

 Northern Warriors’ wicket keeper Nickolas Pooran destroyed Rajputs field deployment by 45 runs unbeaten in convincing partnership with Dwayne Smith, both took off with winning strokes.

 Khary Pierre who took three wickets for 10 runs was adjudged the Player of the Match. While talking to media at the post-match press conference, he said, the T10 is a great format it needs a certain mental strength to keep control and keep the hitting momentum.

 Captain of winning Northern Warriors team Daren Sammy, said T10 format has the great potential to reach to the world level because there still space for formats like T10. He says the team who has better bowling line-up is in a better position.

 “Team with the best bowling side will win and it’s the bowlers who will make a difference, not batsmen,” he said.

 Northern Warriors won the toss and chose to field and won the match losing just three wickets.

 Earlier, Rajputs played 10 overs and scored 64 for 8 wickets. Consecutive fall of Rajputs lost the grip on game and tumbled to ground. However they fought with full spirit and batsman Qais Ahmad stood on the ground with an unbeaten 19 runs.

Dubai, November 30, 2018  

English batsman Jonny Bairstow, fresh from his team’s Sri Lanka tour, smashed a new T10 World Record of 84 not out off 24 balls and guided Kerala Knights to win against Bengal Tigers with seven wickets and eight balls to spare, breaking the earlier record of 74 by Mohamed Shahzad on the first day of the T10 League.

Jonny Baristow told the media at the post-match conference that he enjoy playing in this format. “I like playing all formats, especially the T20 matches. However, here you have less balls to play, so every ball is important and you can’t afford to allow dot balls. Then you need to make up by hitting sixes to catch up,” he said.

His 84 off 24 balls were fired up with eight sixes and six boundaries – 72 without having to physically run, when chasing a modest target of 123 for 5 set by Bengal Tigers. He was supported by Chris Gayle’s 19.

Earlier, Bengal Tigers put up 123 for 5 on the score card, guided by Sunil Narine’s 52 off 25 balls that included four sixes and four boundaries, Sherfane Rutherford’s 39 runs off 17 balls that included four boundaries and three sixes.

Kerala Knights bowlers Howell and Parnell both bagged two wickets each to restrict Bengal Tigers scoring spree, who were looking at a much higher score.

The win might not help the Kerala Kings’ bid to qualify, but makes Bengal Tiger’s bid to make it to the top four.

Dubai, November 29, 2018  

Umar Akmal hit a brilliant 41 off 21 balls that included four sixes and three fours to make Punjabi Legends’ fightback look so easy that they won by 5 wickets in 8.5 overs with seven balls to spare against the mighty and popular Pakhtoons in the 21st match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Akmal batted all along with a cool head while wickets continued to fall on the other side of the crease and in the end, helped his team win easily to seal the fourth position in the points table with six points from six encounters so far.

Sohail Khan and Liam Dawson both claimed two wickets each to try and restrict the Punjabi Legends and at one point of time, appeared to have been successful. However, it was Umar Akmal who stood between the two teams and ensure Punjabi Legends have the last laugh.

Earlier, Colin Ingram and Andre Fletcher launched a blistering attack for Pakhtoons that looked like they were gunning for a huge score. However, Punjabi Legends bowlers put a brake in their boundaries.

Player of the Match Hassan Khan, who took 4 Pakhtoons wickets for 22 runs remained the hero for the Punjabi Legends. He nearly destroyed Pakhtoons’ any hopes to make it big.

Dubai, November 29, 2018  

Bengal Tigers won a nail-biting thriller against the newcomers Sindhis by seven wickets in the last ball in the tournament’s highest successful run-chase in the in the 20th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Winning the toss, Bengal Tigers invited Sindhis to bat and the newcomers amassed 134 for 4 in what looked like an easy win, powered by Anton Devcich’s swashbuckling 64 runs off 23 balls that included 6 fours and five sixes, well backed by opener Samiullah Shinwari’s 44 off 26 balls powered by four bounderies and two sixes.

Mohammad Nabi took three wickets for 20 runs in his two overs.

Bengal Tigers responded their innings with explosive start with star striker Jason Roy and his opening partner Sunil Narine going after the Sindhis bowlers. The Tigers continued to roar despite Sunil Narine’s out at 61 when Rutherford and Roy continued their offensive batting. They riched 90 in the 7th over, and after Rutherford’s exit at 106 runs, the Bengal Tigers were in a commanding position with higher run rate than lower asking rate.

Mohammad Nabi and Captain Sam Billings closed the gap, after Jason Roy’s out when the score board ticked 123, with the Tigers needing 12 runs from 10 balls. Tigers eventually equalled the score in 9.5 balls helped by two dropped catches, requiring them to score 1 to win in 1 ball. Mohammad Nabi hit a boundary to win the match at the last ball with seven wickets on hand.

Jason Roy, Player of the Match, top scored for the winning team, hitting 64 off 35 balls with five sixes and six fours, well supported by Sunil Narine hitting 22 in only 6 balls powered by three sixes.

Mohammad Nabi gave the finishing touches with 25 off 10 balls including one six and three fours.

The win repositioned Bengal Tigers to third place in five matches with six points from three wins.

Dubai, November 29, 2018  

With the growing popularity of the T10 League and the ten-over format, the game of cricket is changing for the better as batsmen are getting more runs per over, said West Indian batsman Nicholas Pooran, the second highest scorer in the T10 League so far.

Playing for Northern Warriors, Pooran hit 43 off 18 balls, he single-handedly guided his team in a number of wins, and lost count of the number of times securing Player of the Match title.

“The T10 League is definitely taking the game to a higher level and it is obviously going to help increase the scores in the 20-over format and the One-Day Internationals,” he told the media at the post-match conference.

Newcomers Northern Warriors beat Kerala Knights by 8 wickets in the 19th match of the T10 League 2.0 – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday.  

Chasing an easy target of 101 runs for 2 set by the last year’s Champion Kerala Knights, the Northern Warriors were all set for an easy win.

Though Paul Stirling from Kerala Knights showed his classy batting with a powerful 60 off 28 balls to help his team, the other batsmen performed poorly, which resulted in the team’s defeat. Northern Warriors bowlers’ attacks were too strong for the Knights and made them struggle after Paul’s wicket.

From winning team, Nicolas Pooran was the highest scorer with 43 off 18 balls including 5 six and 2 boundaries.

Nicolas Pooran who has been performing really well during the T10 series said that his last few performances boosted his confident today. He also added that batsmen’s performance in T10 matches will help to score higher in T20 matches in future.

Dubai, November 28, 2018  

An explosive batting display by the team Pakthoon cheered the crowd in almost every ball when they overcame a 125-run target by losing only two wickets and four balls to spare against the Maratha Arabians in the 18th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Colin Ingram hit 42 off 13 balls including five sixes and two boundaries, well supported by Cameron Delport’s 36 of 23 balls that included two fours and two sixes to score the winning run to seal the victory. However, it was Shafiqullah Shafiq who set the stage perfectly for the team Pakhtoon with 35 off 16 balls including four sixes to help his teammates go aggressively and hit the winning score.

The match, which was thoroughly enjoyed by a large crowd, cheering for both the teams – showed that competitive score and a good run-chase has its takers in Sharjah.

However the high-score and the high run-chase was possible due to a few dropped catches on both the sides.

Earlier, Maratha Arabians scored 125 losing 6 wickets, partly helped by at least three dropped catches that, had taken, could restrict the Maratha Arabians to a much lower score. Nazibullah Zadran top scored with 36 off 25 deliveries led the charge with three sixes followed by Kamran Akmal’s 25 off 15 balls that included some explosive batting display.

They were well supported by Brendon Taylor who added 23 off 12 balls and Rashid Khan’s 21 off just 7 deliveries that included two sixes and two fours.

With this win, team Pakhtoon now lead the point table with eight points from five matches, followed by the newcomers Northern Warriors who scored six points from four encounters. The loss puts Maratha Arabians at the fifth position among the eight teams.

Dubai, November 28, 2018  

Rajputs beat Punjabi Legends by 12 runs in the 17th match of the T10 League 2.0 – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.  

Punjabi Legends who have been playing poorly from the last few matches, found the Rajputs’ attacks too strong to stand in front of and some deadly pieces of bowling led by Munaf Patel and Tymal Mills were extremely heavy on the batsmen.

Punjabi Legends scored 105 runs losing 6 wickets while chasing Rajputs’ modest total of 117 runs for 5 in ten overs. Umar Akmal and Philip Salt were the highest scorer from Punjabi Legends, both hitting 34 runs in 19 and 17 balls respectively, however, short of meeting the total needed to win.

After Umar Akmal’s wicket, the team started to lose hope and gradually the team’s batting line ran out of steam. Only Philip Salt’s batting made the team going. Among the 6 wickets of Punjabi Legends, 2 were taken by Munaf Patel, 2 by Tymal Mills, 1 by Carlos Brathwaite and 1 by Sayed Shirzad.

Earlier, Rajputs’ captain Brendon McCullum led his team, with 28 off 15 balls including 1 six and 3 boundaries while other batsmen, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Shahzad, Carlos Brathwaite contributed quite handsomely, all scoring above 20 runs to power their team to make 117 runs losing 5 wickets.

In the end, Punjabi Legends, although were bang on target, lost too many early wickets and thus found difficult to match the total.

 

Dubai, November 27, 2018  

Newcomers Northern Warriors won the ‘Battle of the Newcomers’ by a whisker – 1 wicket in the last ball from the jaws of a possible defeat in the 16th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Chasing an easy target of 91 runs for 6 set by the newcomers Sindhis, the Norther Warriors were all set for an easy win. However, Shane Watson, the Sindhis captain had other ideas. His bowlers kept on attacking from different angles and eventually got what they wanted – wickets from both ends.

As a result, the Northern Warriors were one point struggling and looked doubtful of reaching the target. In the middle of the tenth over, they needed five runs off three balls. However, in the end the two tail enders were left with score levelled with one ball to spare. Failing to hit the ball, then managed to outwit wicketkeeper Ghulam Shabbir to steal the last run and eventually win by a wicket.

Sindhis used six bowlers – all bagging wickets. However, they just got unlucky in the end.

Shane Watson again showed his class and leadership with a powerful knock of 50 off 28 balls to help the newcomers Sindhis reach 91 for six in their stipulated ten-over innings that was dominated by the Northern Warriors’ bowlers, namely Andre Russell, Harry Gurney and Hardus Viljoen – all taking two wickets each – to restrict the Sindhis to below 95.

Among the Sindhis, Sri Lankan hitman Thisara Pereira and UAE-based Muhammed Nawaz reached double figure scores – each were out at 11.

T10 League is the world’s first and currently the only professional ten-over format international cricket league backed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), governing body of international cricket.

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Dubai, November 27, 2018  

Maratha Arabians beat Rajputs by 10 wickets in the 15th match of the T10 League 2.0 – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.  

Rajputs’ batsmen found the Maratha Arabians’ attacks too hot to handle in a cool weather, when the crowd was looking for something to cheer. However, it was the Maratha Arabian bowlers who put cold water into their expectations with some deadly pieces of bowling led by James Faulkner’s attacks that were extremely heavy on the batsmen from the second over.

Rajputs scored 63 runs losing 7 wickets, which is the lowest in T10 League so far.  Ben Dunk was the highest scorer from Rajputs, who hit 15 off 9 balls including 1 six and 1 boundary.

After Brendon McCullum and Mohammad Shahzad’s wickets, the team started to lose hope and gradually the team’s batting line ran out of steam which reflected in their score. Among the 7 wickets of Rajputs, 3 were taken by James Faulkner, 2 by Richard Gleeson, 1 by DJ Bravo and 1 by Roelof Van der Merwe.

The low score was a very comfortable target for the Maratha Arabian batsmen and their opening pair made it look too easy by their aggressive batting.

Hazratullah Zazai, who has been displaying a very robust batting throughout the series, hit 29 off 12 balls including 2 sixes and 3 boundaries and gave the crowd a reason to cheer about with his batting while Alex Hales hit 27 off 18 balls including 2 sixes and 3 boundaries to power their team to a comfortable win in five overs, with 30 balls to spare.

Dubai, November 26, 2018  

Pace bowler Hassan Khan demolished Kerala Knights’ batting line by taking four for 21 in his stipulated two overs to snatch victory for Punjabi Legends from the jaws of a possible defeat as they successfully defended 107 for five in the 14th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Veteran Indian bowler Praveen Kumar did the rest by taking three for 21 in his two overs. Kerala Knights defence crumbled at 71 runs all out when the last batsman pulled a catch.

West Indian demolishing man Chris Gayle top scored for the Kerala Knights with 35 off 19 balls with three fours and three consecutive sixes and then got out when he was looking dangerous for the Punjabi Legends.

Earlier, Kerala Knights won the toss and invited Punjabi Legends to bat. The Legends managed to score 107 for 5 in their 10 overs, led by Umar Akmal who hit 30 off 17 balls with two sixes and three fours, well supported by Chris Jordan who scored 24 of 7 balls including two sixes and two fours to cross the 100-run mark.

UAE-based Mohammad Naveed, who plays for Kerala Knights, displayed one of the best bowling performances in his first over, by taking two wickets in his first over, conceding just three runs.

The match was dominated by the bowlers with 15 wickets falling in 90 minutes. Kerala Nights 71 was the lowest score in the season.

Dubai, November 26, 2018  

Pakhtoon beat Bengal Tigers by 7 wickets in the 13th match of the T10 League 2.0 – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Andre Fletcher’s series of sixes and boundaries wrecked the spirit of Bengal Tigers’ bowlers, who finished their innings 93 runs losing 6 wickets.

Andre Fletcher, who hit 47 off 18 balls including 5 sixes and 3 boundaries entertained the crowd with his battings prowess while Colin Ingram hit 27 off 13 balls including 2 sixes and 2 boundaries to power their team to a comfortable win.

Earlier Bengal Tigers scored 93 runs losing 6 wickets. Sherfane Rutherford was the highest scorer from Bengal Tigers, who hit 24 off 12 balls including 3 sixes.

From the beginning Bengal Tigers’ batsmen found it difficult to stand in front of Pakhtoon’s aggressive bowling. After Sherfane Rutherford’s run out the team started to lose wickets and after Mohammad Nabi was out, the team’s batting line ran out of steam which reflected in there score. Among the 6 wickets of Bengal Tigers, 2 were taken by RP Singh, one by Mohammad Irfan, one by Sohail Khan, one by Liam Dawson and another run out.

T10 League is the world’s first and currently the only professional ten-over format international cricket league backed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), governing body of international cricket.

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Dubai, November 24, 2018  

Bengal Tigers beat Punjabi Legends by six wickets in six overs with 24 balls to spare, reflecting their strength at the 10th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Jason Roy destroyed the Punjabi Legends attacks with 43 off 14 balls, well supported by Luke Wright who scored 23 off 13 balls to make the win very easy.

Earlier, Punjabi Legends put up 77 for 9 in their stipulated ten overs – the lowest score so far, supported by Skipper Luke Ronchi’s 23 and Umar Akmal’s 18. The Bengal Tiger’s attack was led by Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Sunil Narine, each claiming 2 for 11. 

However, the crowd will remember Amir Yamin for breaking the middle stump as he claimed the wicket of Mitchel McClenaghan. Bengal Tigers rested their star bowler Zaheer Khan for the encounter.

This is the Legends second loss in three encounters, managing just two points. This is also the lowest score in the Second Season of the T10 League, which has seen some explosive batting so far.

Dubai, November 23, 2018  

A massive build-up of 183 for 2 powered by 19 sixes and 10 fours helped the newcomers Northern Warriors to not only seal a win against Punjabi Legends by 99 runs but also raise the bar of the ten-over format cricket in the 8th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday, November 23, 2018.

Northern Warriors’ opening pair put up an impressive 108 runs in in the 7th over to pile up the mammoth total – a very competitive score even in the twenty-over format. When Lendl Simmons left the crease, the score board was ticking 108 for 1 in 6.5 overs while the spectators were waiting for another round of bashing by Andre Russell.

Andre Russell did not disappoint the crowd. He hit 6 sixes in 9 balls to add 38. The run-spree did not stop even after the end of Nicholas Pooran’s big innings of 77 off 25 balls including 10 sixes and two fours, when the scoreboard was ticking 130 for 2. Rovman Powell and Andre Russell then kept on hitting till the last ball to 183 in ten overs.

Facing a daunting challenge of scoring the 183 run target, with more than 3 runs per ball, the Panjabi Legends batting order started to crumble as they kept losing after regular intervals. However, Ravi Bopara’s three wickets in the seventh over virtually ended the Punjabi Legend’s hopes of recovery when they were reduced to 53 for 6 in the 7th over.  Bopara ended his spell of two overs claiming four for 15 runs.

The rest of the innings saw a few rash shots by the tailenders to reach 87 for 7 by the end of the stipulated tenth over.

Dubai, November 23, 2018  

Gross mis-fielding coupled with low score cost Bengal Tigers their second match against Maratha Arabians who comfortably won the 7th match of the 2nd season of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday, November 23, 2018.

Bengal Tigers fielders dropped at least four catches and allowed a couple of boundaries slip through their fingers that helped Maratha Arabians score an easy win – 92 for 1 in 8.2 overs with 10 balls to spare.

Hazratullah Zazai scored 76 in 35 balls with 10 fours and four sizes – a total of 66 runs through boundaries, to make the run chase look so easy. However, this was due to dropped catches and mis-fielding that provided both the openers enough room to level the scores before Zazai was caught at the boundary line.

Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan took the lone wicket, conceding 10 runs in one over.

Earlier, Bengal Tigers managed to score 91 losing 7 wickets with Jason Roy putting 27 on the score card – the team’s highest score – that included two sixes and two fours. Tail-enders Amir Yamin, who bagged four wickets in four consecutive balls on Thursday, displayed his batting prowess, adding 17 runs to the score card that included a six and a four, as Kevon Kooper and wicket-keeper Sam Billings went back without scoring. 

Sherfane Rutherford scored 15 and Afghan all-rounder Mohammed Nabi adding 16 runs the helped the Bengal Tigers to score above a face-saving 90. Chirag Suri added 10, before getting out in the last ball.

T10 League is the world’s first and currently the only professional ten-over format international cricket league backed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), governing body of international cricket.  

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament. 

Dubai, November 22, 2018  

Punjabi Legends’ Chris Jordan rips apart Maratha Arabians’ batting order by taking four wickets for six runs that helped the Punjabi Legends restricts the Maratha Arabians to 78 all out with four balls to spare in the 2nd Season of the T10 League – the world’s largest formal ten-over international cricket tournament – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

The fifth match of the tournament ended with less fanfare as the Maratha Arabians’ battling line continue to struggle amid continued pounding by Punjabi Legends’ focussed attack in which Zahir Khan took three for eight runs that triggered the collapse and saw the Maratha Arabians struggling at 44 for 4 at one point of time and kept on losing wickets regularly.

Alex Hales with 32 off 18 balls and Nazibullah Zadran with 17 runs barely managed to stand against the powerful bowling line of Punjabi Legends. The much talked about Rashid Khan flopped in both bat and bowl and was out without scoring and without any wicket.

Earlier, Punjabi Legends scored 121 for six in their stipulated ten overs, putting up a fighting score, powered by Umar Akmal’s quick-fire 31 off 18 balls while Shaiman Anwar hit two sixes and three boundaries to add 25 off 11 balls to pose a strong challenge to the Maratha Arabians.

Among the Maratha Arabian bowlers, Gleeson picked up three wickets by giving away 11 runs while Zahoor Khan picked up two for 29 runs. The Maratha lead bowler Rashid Khan gave away 15 runs without any success. 

Dubai, November 21, 2018  

Mohammad Shahzad hits 74 off 16 balls to seal the deal for the 

Rajputs at the inaugural match of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday 

Afghan opener Mohammad Shahzad stole the show at the inaugural T10 League match by scoring 74 runs off 16 balls powered by 8 sixes and 6 boundaries that saw Rajputs score the winning 96 runs for no loss in 4 overs, averaging 24 runs per over in T10 League records – both on an individual level and team level – to defeat the newcomers Sindhis in the 2nd Season of the T10 League – the world’s largest formal ten-over international cricket tournament – at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Mohammed Shahzad scored back-to-back boundaries and sixes in the last two overs to seal the deal in what virtually became a nearly one-sided match, hitting Sindhi bowlers all over the stadium. He hit a total of 14 boundaries off the 16 balls played by him that included a dot ball.

Captain Brendon McCullum scored 21 off eight balls with two sixes and a boundary, to support his aggressive opening partner.

The Sindhis, powered by captain Shane Watson’s smashing 42 runs off 20 balls put up a score of 94 for 6 in the first innings when invited to bat by the Rajputs captain Brendon McCullum.

Shane Watson’s 42 runs were powered by three sixes and four boundaries – altogether fetching 34 runs through boundaries – that eventually went in vain. None of his teammates could score a double-digit while two batsmen scored 9 each as second-highest of the innings.

Dubai, November 21, 2018  

Kerala Knights:
Eoin Morgan (Icon Player, Captain, England), R.S. Sodhi (India), Sohail Tanvir (Pakistan), Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Paul Stirling (Ireland), Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka), Chris Gayle ( West Indies), Junaid Khan (Pakistan), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Tom Curran (England) , Fabian
Allen (West Indies), Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Imran Nazir (Pakistan), Benny Howell (England), Muhammad Naveed (UAE) and Abdul Shakoor (UAE)

Maratha Arabians:
Rashid Khan (Icon Player, Afghanistan), S. Badrinath (India), Kamran Akmal (Pakistan), Alex Hales (England), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), James Faulkner (Australia), Lasith Malinga (Sri
Lanka), Liam Livingstone (England), James Vince (England), Brendan Tayl or (Zimbabwe), Adam Lyth (England), Roelof van der Merwe (Netherlands), Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan) , Richard Gleeson (England), Zahoor Khan (UAE) and Amir Hayat (UAE)

Pakhtoons:
Shahid Afridi (Icon Player, Pakistan), R.P. Singh (India), Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan), Liam Dawson (England), Colin Ingram (South Africa), David Willey (England), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Andre Fletcher (West Indies), Sohail Khan (Pakistan), Sharafuddin Ashraf (Afghanistan), Chadwick Walton (West Indies), Shapoor Zadran (Afghanistan), Gulbadin Naib (Afghanistan), Cameron Delport (South Africa), Hafiz Kaleem (UAE) and Sheer Walli (UAE).

Punjabi Legends:
Shoaib Malik (Icon Player, Pakistan), Praveen Kumar (India), Chris Jordan (England), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand), Liam Plunkett (England), Evin Lewis (West Indies) , Mohammad Sami (Pakistan), Zahir Khan (Afghanistan), Umar Akmal (Pakistan), Mitchell McClenaghan ( New Zealand), Tom Moores (England), Anwar Ali (Pakistan), Jade Dernbach (England), Hasan Kha n (Pakistan), Shaiman Anwar (UAE) and Sandy Singh (UAE).

Sindhis:
Shane Watson (Icon Player), Pravin Tambe (India), Anton Devcich (New Zealand), Ben Laughlin (Australia), Jofra Archer (England), Ben Cutting (Australia), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Dinesh Ramdin (West Indies), Mohammad Nawaz (Pakistan), Dawid Malan (England), Fawad Ahmed (Australia), Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka), Samiullah Shenwari (Afghanistan), Mohammad Irfan (Pakistan), Ahmad Raza (UAE) and Ghulam Shabbir (UAE).

Bengal Tigers:
Sunil Narine (Icon Player, West Indies), Zaheer Khan (India), Jason Roy (England), Asif Ali (Pakistan), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Sam Billings (England), Morne Morkel (South Africa), Aamer Yamin (Pakistan), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Sherfane Rutherford (West Indies), Kevon Cooper (West Indies), Rayad Emrit (West Indies), Ali Khan (United States), Chirag Suri (UAE) and Muhammad Usman (UAE).

Northern Warriors:
Darren Sammy (Icon Player, West Indies), Amitoze Singh (India), Wahab Riaz (Pakistan) , Nicolas Pooran (West Indies), Andre Russell (West Indies), Dwayne Smith (West Indies) , Ravi Bopara (England), Rovman Powell (West Indies), Harry Gurney (England), Chris Green (Australia) , Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Khary Pierre (West Indies), Kennar Lewis (West Indies) , Imran Haider (UAE) and Rahul Bhatia (UAE).

Rajputs:
Brendon McCullum (Icon Player, New Zealand), Munaf Patel (India), Chris Lynn (Australia), Rilee Rossouw (South Africa), Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan), Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan) , Tymal Mills (England), Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies), Rahat Ali (Pakistan), Samit Patel (England), Qais Ahmad (Afghanistan), Ben Dunk (Australia), Shan Masood (Pakistan), Peter Trego (England), Rohan Mustafa (UAE) and Ashfaq Ahmed (UAE).

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

We fully support and appreciate the efforts of ICC in their endeavor to keep the game of cricket clean including T10 League and all other leagues.

We hereby state that the charged person (ref: https://www.icc-cricket.com/media-releases/911098) was neither an official nor a player or in any ways connected to the T10 League which was held from Dec 14 to 17 2017.

We have always worked and continue to work closely with the Anti-Corruption Unit of ICC to keep the T10 League clean.

For any more comments please contact:

Col. Arvinder Singh, Chief Operating Officer – T10 League, Email: [email protected], Tel:  054 582 3588

Monday, August 27, 2018

T10 Cricket League – the world’s first 10-over cricket league sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, starts Season 2 with the Team Draw led by Kerala Knights and Punjabi Legends – the Champions and Runners-up teams of the first T10 League.

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn into two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 Cricket League from November 21 to December 2 – the UAE National Day.

T10 Cricket League was launched last year by T10 Sports Management to popularise the game of cricket in its shortest format – that concludes within less than two hours in which two teams bat it out in ten overs – or just 60 balls – thrilling the crowd.

Preparation for the Second Season of the T10 Cricket League stars following the runaway success of the first Season that drew a large crowd at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and watched by fans across the GCC, South Asia and parts of the African continent where cricket is a popular sport.

The event takes place at the backdrop of the recent recognition by the International Cricket Council (ICC) the global governing body of cricket – that makes it the world’s first ten-over format league.

This year, two teams – The Sindhis and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 Cricket League.

“The T10 Cricket League is gaining ground with the formal recognition of the International Cricket Council and the interest shown by the stakeholders that encouraged us to add two new teams to the league,” Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of T10 Cricket League and T10 Sports Management, said.

“Today’s Team Draw is a testimony to the growing popularity of not only the T10 Cricket League – but also the game of cricket – which could now be played and in less than two hours. I am pleased to announce the Team Draw led by last year’s Champions Kerala Kings and Runners-Up Punjabi Legends.

“This year’s T10 Cricket League will help expand and popularise the game of cricket further. We see this as a growing movement and I urge all to join this and help take the game further.”

The Team Draw – an important part of the tournament – will decide which team will play against which ones in the league and then develop their winning strategies.

The Team Draw will be followed by a Player’s Draw taking place a few weeks’ later that will see the world’s top cricketers being selected by the eight teams – from a pool of cricketing legends.

Salman Iqbal, President of the T10 Cricket League, said, “Team Draw is very crucial for each team in their journey to the top. Today’s Team Draw will help the teams to plan their team formation and strategy, going forward.

“Cricket is being re-invented in the UAE and the T10 Cricket League is at the forefront of this journey. We are getting a large crowd joining us in this great journey where we hope to break new grounds with many more surprises to come.”

Dubai, Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Eight teams have formed some of the best combinations from a pool of 64 top cricketers in the Players’ Draft for the 2.0 Se10 League – the limited ten-over format cricket – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League.

This year, two teams – The Sindhis and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 League.

This year’s Players’ Draft featured a number of Afghan players who displayed exceptional skills in the international cricket, following gaining Test status,

Last year’s champions Kerala Knights have picked up top draw Chris Gale, Junaid Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tom Curran, Fabian Allen, Niroshan Dickwella, Benny Howell, as well as Imran Nazir – making a strong come back after being on the side line for a while.

Players such as Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Luke Ronchi, Muhammad Sami, Zahir Khan, Umar Akmal, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tom Moores, Anwar Ali, Jade Dernbach and Hassan Khan have been selected by Punjabi Legends – last year’s runners’ up team.

Bengal Tigers have picked up Morne Morkel, Aamir Yamin, Mohammed Nabi, Kusal Perera, Sherfane Rutherford, Kevon Cooper, Dan Christian, Ali Khan and Rayad Emrit from the draft while Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Asif Ali have previously been selected by the team.

Maratha Arabians, led by the Afghan sensation Rashid Khan, have picked up Alex Hales, Kamran Akmal, James Faulkner, Lasith Malinga, James Vince, Liam Livingstone, Brendan Taylor, Adam Lyth, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Najibullah Zadran and Richard Gleeson.

Pakhtoon team picked up Liam Dawson, Mohammed Irfan, David Willy, Colin Munroe, Andre Fletcher, Sohail Khan, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Chadwick Walton, Shahpur Zadran, Cameron Delport and Gulbadin Naib while team Rajputs chose Mohammed Hafeez, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammed Shahzad, Tymal Mills, Carlos Brathwaite, Rahat Ali, Samit Patel, Qais Ahmad, Ben Dunks, Peter Trego and Shan Masood.

Among the newcomers, the Sindhis picked up Jofra Archer, Thisara Perera, Ben Cutting, Muhammad Nawaz, David Malan, Fawad Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Joe Clarke, Samiullah Shenwari and Muhammed Irfan Jr.

Another newcomer, Northern Warriors chose Ravi Bopara, Rovman Powell, Harry Gurney, Chris Green, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Kharry Pierre and Kennar Lewis from the draft to be added to Dwayne Smith, Nicholas Pooran.

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that has been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), was born in the UAE in 2017.

The event takes place at the backdrop of the recent recognition by the International Cricket Council (ICC) the global governing body of cricket – that makes it the world’s first official ten-over format league.

Welcoming the pool of international cricketers, Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of the T10 League, said, “The Players’ Draft has been an out and out success, with a wider participation of players from all over the world. In addition to the reputed senior star cricketers, the draft also witnessed bids for some of the most sought after young players who have great potential to contribute to the game of cricket.

“The participation of cricketing legends Wasim Akram, Shahid Afridi, Herschelle Gibbs, Darren Sammy, Daniel Vittori, Stephen Flemming, Robin Singh and Dean Jones were added attraction that reflects the growing popularity and acceptance of the ten-over format cricket.

“The team owners are happy with their selection of players and we are looking forward to an exciting star-studded tournament in November and December this year.”

T10 League was launched last year by T10 Sports Management to popularise the game of cricket in its shortest format – that concludes within less than 90 minutes in which two teams bat it out in ten overs – or just 60 balls – thrilling the crowd.

Preparation for the Second Season of the T10 League started following the runaway success with sold-out stadium during all the four days of the first Season that drew full-gallery crowd at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and watched by cheering fans across the GCC, South Asia and parts of the African continent where cricket is a popular sport.

A number of Bollywood and Lollywood celebrities from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will add festive flavour to the ten-day tournament to be watched live in more than 20 countries across the world.

Parvez Khan, Board Member of the T10 League, said, “The successful Players Draft will set the ball rolling for the ten-day explosive tournament that will set new records in the ten-over format. The team coaches will now plan their strategies and winning formula to strengthen their chances.

“This year, we are expecting cricket fans travelling to the UAE to watch the tournament and this way, the T10 League will reinforce the UAE’s position as a sporting hub in the Middle East.”

The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Shoeb Malik, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.

September 25, 2018

Northern Warriors, the new franchise to join the Second Season of the T10 League, has rallied a strong team under the captaincy of former West Indian skipper Darren Sammy, also the Icon Player & the only player in the World who has lead West Indies in winning two successive World Cups, and Andre Russell, in its bid for the second T10 League trophy taking place from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

The team, combining the talented cricketing combination that also involves Dwayne Smith, Wahab Riaz and Nicholas Pooran, has also picked up eight players from the draft, including Ravi Bopara, Rovman Powell, Harry Gurney, Chris Green, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Kharry Pierre and Kennar Lewis from the draft that make a formidable T10 League team – hard to beat.

Ravi Bopara is the second highest wicket-taker with 4 wickets to his name in the T10 League. Third best average among bowlers who have taken more than 4 wickets while Wahab Riaz has the best economy rate in the history of T10 League, conceding just 7.7 runs per over. He has the second best economy rate among foreign pacers in CPL and fifth highest wicket taker amongst foreign pacers.

Nicholas Pooran is credited for having the third highest number of catches in the T10 League, with two catches to his name. He holds the record most number of catches in an innings. Also has the 11th highest strike rate amongst batsmen who have played more than 10 balls.

Andre Russell ranks amongst batsmen who have faced more than 2,000 balls in their career in T20s. Andre Russell has the highest strike-rate (167.63). He hit the highest individual score in the recently concluded CPL, with a blitzkrieg knock of 121 not out.

Rawman Powell has the highest average amongst batsmen who played more than 200 balls in the recently concluded CPL (54.83) while Kharry Pierre ranks amongst bowlers who bowled more than 20 overs in CPL, Kharry Pierre had the best average (13.36).

Chris Green is amongst bowlers who bowled 40 or more overs in CPL 2018, had the third best economy rate (6.27). Captain Darren Sammy has six 50s to his name. And is the only captain to win 2 T20 World Cups. Obed MaCoy has best economy for his side, St.Lucia Stars in CPL 2018 amongst bowlers who bowled more than 20 overs. (7.8).

Dawyne Smith is the third highest run-scorer in West Indian history in T20s with 7777 runs to his name while Landl Simmons is the fifth highest run-scorer among West Indians in T20s with 5649 runs to his name.

Harry Gurney is the seventh highest wicket-taker in the Vitality Blast 2018, with 20 wickets to his name while Kennar Lewis scored 237 runs with a highest score of 51 in the CPL 2018 at a SR of 109.72.

Northern Warriors, a new franchise T10 League team formed this year, had earlier appointed former Indian cricketer Robin Singh coach of the team. Singh, a successful coach of the Mumbai Indians team in the Indian Premier League last year guided Kerala Kings to lift the first T10 League trophy in the UAE as its coach.

“I am pleased with the team combination and under coach Robin Singh, we have a very bright chance of winning the T10 League Cup,” Mr Mohomad Morani, co-owner of the Northern Warriors, said at a press conference attended by the star players of the team and management. “Our team has a very strong line-up of star players who can face any team combination and we will make a strong bid for the cup.

“Robin Singh has a very good success rate as a coach and his teams usually go on to become the champion. We are very happy and proud to have such a strong line-up of players and I am confident of our success.”

Robin Singh, former fielding coach of Team India, guided Mumbai Indians to lift the IPL title. He also runs a cricket academy under his name.

Darren Sammy, a popular name in cricket, led West Indies in winning two successive T20 World Cup titles – in 2012 and 2016. He also leads the Peshawar Zalmi team in the Pakistan Super League. He was earlier named the Icon Player and Captain of the Northern Warriors team.

Northern Warriors is also co-owned by Mr Shahbaz Elias, business partner of Mr Mohomed Morani – who owns an international event management company, Cineyug that works with the Bollywood film industry. His family has produced a number of successful Bollywood movies.

Northern Warriors is based on the nine northern states of India, there were a lot of warriors and there were some who played cricket, like Sir Ranjitsinh Jadeja and Kumar Shri Duleepsinh. There are tournaments named after them and the team’s logo theme comes from there.

“Northern Warriors is a reflection of our strong commitment to the T10 League and we are in it for the long haul. From this year on, we will remain a serious player and our objective will be to play for the trophy,” he says. “Our team combinations and our preparations are programmed to achieve this.

“The growing popularity of the T10 format cricket is going to grow and we are proud to be one of the eight teams of this pioneer league that will popularise the game of cricket that take only 90 minutes – same like a football match.

“With this league, we want to spread the T10 format worldwide.”

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that has been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is now preparing for the second edition of 2018.

ICC is the cricket’s governing body and its anti-corruption unit examines each league on financial and corruption-related issues. The T10 League management continues to work with the ICC and ECB to deliver a corruption-free tournament and as a result there is no change to the existing sanction.

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 10 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 Leaguemanagement has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of the T10 League, said, “The first edition of the T10 League in 2017 was a great experience of launching a completely new concept of 90 minutes cricket. We made sure all the key areas were covered and the event was executed successfully. DPM managed the operations, The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the ICC managed the anti-corruption activity and also had Colonel Azam from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) monitoring the Pakistani players. Even this year, we have outsourced the anti-corruption, anti-doping and umpires to ICC and their approved agencies. We have incorporated many positive changes listed as under:

  • A new CEO with experience of holding a CEO position of an IPL Franchisee is shortlisted and will be appointed shortly
  • Formed a New Governing council with representatives from Emirates Cricket Board
  • Appointed the ICCAnti-Corruption Unit to handle the anti-corruption and awarded ICC approved agency for anti-doping checks
  • Appointing umpires from the ICCpanel
    • Appointed global auditing firm Ernst and Young as external auditors
    • Appointed Roshan Mahanamaas Head of Technical committee to ensure compliance to all ICC codes and regulations.
    • Embarking on a global talent hunt program to provide talent feed to ECBand appointed Wasim Akram as Director of Talent Hunt programme
    • Appointed Shahid Afridi, Brendon McCullumand Virendra Sehwag as League icons.
    • Passing a regulation that players will not be invited to after parties to eliminate the chances of questionable elements approaching players in such places.

    Saadullah Khan, Partner of the T10 League, said, “The challenges in 2017 was to execute an  all-new format of T10 cricket and run the league in professional manner bringing in high quality of cricket and exciting entertainment. This was done with remarkable success.

    “The second season of T10 in 2018 was launched on the back of highly successful first season with an objective to drive cricket passion further better and bigger. We believe we will deliver a league this year which will far more exciting and better entertainment for larger audiences across the globe. Both in quality and quantity.

    “Let me touch base as reference and record, we are fully mindful of various ICC compliances and make serious and continuous sincere endeavours to total and complete implementation. We hope we will have approval of PCB for participation of Pakistani players as they are an integral part of T 10 cricket growth. I wish the T10 management, audience and players a great event.”

    David East, CEO of Emirates Cricket Board, said, “The first edition of T10 League last year was the start of a very exciting new format that attracted audiences around the globe. The innovation that the T10 management is showing for the second edition bodes well for an event to surpass the outstanding display we saw last year.”

    Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

    This year, two teams – The Sindhis and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 League.

    The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Shoeb Malik, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.

Monday, October 15, 2018 

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that is licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has appointed Sony Pictures Networks as our broadcast partners for South Asia, Middle East and North Africa for three years from its Second Season that takes place from November 21 till December 2, 2018.

The T10 League matches will be telecast live through Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India, Ten Sports in Pakistan, Ten Cricket in Middle East and North Africa. It will also be streamed on SonyLIV.

Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of T10 League, said, “We are delighted to have Sony Pictures Networks as our broadcast partners for Indian Sub-continent and Middle East and North Africa from 2018 edition for three years. This allows us to take the league to a much-wider audience across the region and help us promote the format and grow year-on-year.

“The deal will help popularise the T10 League fast and we are investing a lot of resources to ensure that the ten-over format franchise cricket movement spread across the cricketing world fast. Sony TV and Ten Sports will not only live telecast the league matches, but will feature a number of T10 League activities that we have lined up for its viewers.”

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, distribution and head – Sports and Business at Sony Pictures Networks, said, “We are committed to providing an unparalleled sports viewing experience to sports fans in India. The T10 League has already captured the interest of viewers because of its fast-paced format.

“The second edition has an impressive line-up of players from across the word which is sure to engage viewers who are looking for the best in sports entertainment.”
Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

This year, two teams – Sindhis and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 League.

The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Shoeb Malik, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.

Sony Pictures Networks (SPN), a subsidiary of Sony Corporation, was formed only to run its television broadcasting business. But since then, it has been diversified. The group includes SPN Productions and SPN Distribution as subsidiaries.

The company is responsible of managing Sony’s television channels division in India, such as SET, Sony Ten, AXN and its sister networks. It was founded in India in October 1995 as Multi Screen Media.

Sony entered into the Indian sports TV market in 2002 after acquiring the licence rights for ICC matches from 2003 to 2007, which were broadcast on SET and Sony Max.

In 2008, along with Singapore-based World Sport Group, it won the broadcast rights for Indian Premier League (IPL) matches for 10 years for more than US$1 billion. In April 2012, it launched its first sports channel Sony Six.

In October 2015, it partnered with ESPN to launch another sports channel, named Sony ESPN. On 31 August 2016, it acquired the Ten Sports networks from Zee Entertainment Enterprises for a deal worth US$385 million.

SPN reported an increase of Rs978.691 crore in revenue from operations from the year 2016. Revenue from operations in FY 2017 was Rs49.69 billion compared to previous year, which was Rs39.9 billion.

October 23, 2018 

Eight Indian cricketers, including Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, RS Sodhi and S. Badrinath, will play in the 2nd Season of the T10 League that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

Zaheer Khan, who took 311 wickets in Test cricket, 282 wickets in one-day internationals and 17 T20 wickets in a career spanning 14 years, leads the pack of Indian cricketers to join the Second Season of the T10 League that will help the 12-day event to attract a larger crowd to the T10 League.

Praveen Kumar, who had everything to become a domestic cricket legend with limited pace but ability to swing the ball both ways, persistence to bowl long spells, and an almost intuitive knowledge of how to take wickets on unresponsive wickets, will play at the T10 League this time to enthral the crowd with his cricketing prowess.

Welcoming the Indian cricketers in the T10 League, Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of T10 League, said, “The growing desire by senior Indian cricketers to play in the T10 League reflects the increasing popularity of the game.

“I am happy to announce that we have signed up eight Indian players to play in the 2nd Season of the tournament. This will encourage players from all over the world to join the T10 League movement and help popularise the ten-over format cricket worldwide in the coming years.”

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that is licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has recently appointed Sony Pictures Networks as its broadcast partners for South Asia, Middle East and North Africa for three years.

The T10 League matches will be telecast live through Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India, Ten Sports in Pakistan, Ten Cricket in Middle East and North Africa. It will also be streamed on SonyLIV.

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Saadullah Khan, T10 League Partner and Managing Director, says, “This year’s T10 League will come with a lot of pleasant surprises and the media campaign launched in India and Pakistan is creating a massive amount of interest among cricketers. The popularity of the ten-over format cricket is here to stay and grow with every tournament.

“I take this opportunity to welcome cricketers from all over the world to join the T10 League movement.”

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

This year, two teams – Sindhis and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 League.

The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Shoeb Malik, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.

Colonel Arvinder Singh, Chief Operating Officer of T10 League, said, “I am delighted to welcome the Indian players in the T10 League. Their signing up for the league will inspire others to join the T10 League in future and help popularise the ten-over format cricket in India and the rest of the world.”

Thursday, October 25, 2018

T10 League Management welcomes the decision by Pakistan Cricket Board to issue No-Objection Certificates (NOCs) paving the way for them to play at the Second Season of the T10 League that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday said it has decided to issue NOCs to some of its players for the T-10 League.

“The decision has been made after due diligence was carried out by the PCB in which the Board procured and processed detailed information from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Emirates Cricket Board,” the statement said.

“Furthermore, PCB’s own Anti-Corruption Unit has also carried out a thorough review. It has also been observed that the ICC has given approval for member boards to issue NOCs to their players to take part in the league if they wish so.”

This clears the way for 20 leading Pakistani players to play in the T10 League including two Icon Players – Shahid Afridi and Shoeb Malik as well as Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Hafeez and Asif Ali, among others.

They will be part of a pool of 104 players – representing all major cricket-playing countries split in to eight teams who will play in two groups at the 12-day T10 League.

Welcoming the move, Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of T10 League, thanked the Pakistan Cricket Board for clearing the way for their players to participate at the Second Season of the T10 League. “This will pave the way for Pakistani players to play along with cricketers from other countries in the same team and in the same league – something that will help popularise the ten-over format cricket and attract more fans.

“Now players from all cricketing countries will be able to play and entertain crowd at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium as well as in other parts of the world through our electronic media partners Sony Television Network and other channels.

“Let this usher in a new era in cricketing world where the T10 League is spreading the 10-over format cricket that helps spectators to enjoy the game of cricket in an ideal cricketing environment.”

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that is licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has recently appointed Sony Pictures Networks as its broadcast partners for South Asia, Middle East and North Africa for three years.

The T10 League matches will be telecast live through Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India, Ten Sports in Pakistan, Ten Cricket in Middle East and North Africa. It will also be streamed on SonyLIV.

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Saadullah Khan, T10 League Partner and Managing Director, says, “This decision by Pakistan Cricket Board will help T10 League to create an environment where players from South Asia and other parts of the world can play at the same venue and in the same team.

“The popularity of the ten-over format cricket is here to stay and grow with every tournament. I take this opportunity to welcome cricketers from all over the world to join the T10 League movement.”

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.  

November 5, 2018 

Bengal Tigers picked up Zaheer Khan while Punjabi Legends opted for Praveen Kumar at a draw amongst eight Indian cricketers to play in the T10 League that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

S. Badrinath will play in Maratha Arabians while last year’s Champions Kerala Kings have picked up Reetinder Singh Sodhi to brighten their chances. Pakhtoons selected RP Singh while Rajputs picked up Munaf Patel at the draw. Newcomers Karachians picked up Pravin Tambe, while Northern Warriors have opted for Amitoze Singh.

Zaheer Khan, who took 311 wickets in Test cricket, 282 wickets in one-day internationals and 17 T20 wickets in a career spanning 14 years, leads the pack of Indian cricketers to join the Second Season of the T10 League that will help the 12-day event to attract a larger crowd to the T10 League.

Praveen Kumar, who had everything to become a domestic cricket legend with limited pace but ability to swing the ball both ways, persistence to bowl long spells, and an almost intuitive knowledge of how to take wickets on unresponsive wickets, will play at the T10 League this time to enthral the crowd with his cricketing prowess.

Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of T10 League, said, “The inclusion of some of the most prominent Indian cricketers in the T10 League, will help us to popularise the ten-over format cricket that concludes in 90 minutes.

“The forthcoming T10 League will demonstrate the games growing popularity and I am happy to see the way things are progressing so far. From a four-day event, the T10 League will now run for 12 days that will attract a larger audience at the stadium and beyond through the television channels.”

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that is licensed by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), has recently appointed Sony Pictures Networks as its broadcast partners for South Asia, Middle East and North Africa for three years.

The T10 League matches will be telecast live through Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in India, Ten Sports in Pakistan, Ten Cricket in Middle East and North Africa. It will also be streamed on SonyLIV.

The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 21 and spread over 12 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

Eight teams – Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoons – have been drawn in to two groups to fight it out in the 2nd Season of T10 League – that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2, 2018.

This year, two teams – Sindhis and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list of the earlier six teams. This will expand the support and fan base of the T10 League.

The T10 League is live telecast in the GCC, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom and the United States – followed by millions of fans – watching the actions of some of the most popular cricket stars, such as Shane Watson, Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Rasheed Khan, Shoeb Malik, Sunil Narine, Darren Sammy, among many others.