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Press Release

Records Galore at T10 League Season 2, creating history in the UAE a nation celebrating

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.

Newcomers Northern Warriors clinch the 2nd T10 League title defeating Paktoon by 22 runs

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.

Hardus Vilojoen rips apart Maratha batting line to help Northern Warriors qualify for finals in T10 League

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.

A brilliant Hales storm of 87 helps Maratha Arabians’ chances to qualify for finals

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.

Afridi’s 59 runs guide Pakhtoon to the Finals of the T10 League 2.0

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.”

Pooran’s 45 knock against Rajputs pushes Northern Warriors on top of the points table

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.

Jonny Bairstow smashes T10 World Record with 84 as Kerala Kings beat Bengal Tigers

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.

Umar Akmal rescues Punjabi Legends with a 41-run knock to keep hopes alive

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.

Bengal Tigers clinch nail-biting thriller against Sindhis by 7 wickets

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.

T10 League is changing cricket for the better: Nicholas Pooran

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.

Pakhtoon steal the show with explosive batting display to defeat Maratha Arabians in a thriller

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.

Rajputs too hot for Punjabi Legends to handle

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.

 

Northern Warriors clinch thriller against Sindhis by a whisker

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.

James Faulkner destroys Rajputs’ batting line to restrict them to 63

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.

Hassan Khan destroys Kerala Kings with 4 wickets to snatch victory for Punjabi Legends

Dubai, November 26, 2018  

Pace bowler Hassan Khan demolished Kerala Kings’ 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.

Andre Fletcher demolishes Bengal Tigers’ attacks

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.

Bengal Tigers beat Punabi Legends by 6 wickets in the 10th match of the Second Season of the T10 League

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.

Northern Warriors smash 183 in 10 overs – the highest in the first ten overs in any cricket format – a new world record!

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.

Maratha Arabians beat Bengal Tigers by 9 wickets in T10 League match

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. 

Chris Jordan rips apart Maratha Arabians’ defence to secure 43-run win for Punjabi Legends in T10 League match

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. 

Rajputs steal the show by defeating Sindhis by 10 wickets in four overs in the 2nd T10 League opening match

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.

T10 League: Final Team Combination

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).

T 10 League Management Official

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: arvinder@ttensports.com, Tel:  054 582 3588

Season 2 of T10 Cricket League gains momentum with Team Draw led by Kerala Knights and Punjabi Legends

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.”

Eight teams pick up top-notch players to build up formidable squads for the 2nd Season of T10 League

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.

Northern Warriors rally the best T10 League team with Icon Player Darren Sammy to win the T10 League Cup

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.”

ICC and ECB sanctions on T10 League remain in place The world’s first Ten-Over league all set to roll again from November 21

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.

T10 League appoints Sony TV as Broadcast Partner for 3 Years T10 League management strengthens leadership team ahead of the Second Season

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.

Indian cricketers line up for T10 League as the campaign for the Second Season picks up T10 League management prepares for the best cricket tournament in shorter format

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.”

T10 League welcomes PCB decision to allow Pakistani players to participate in the T10 League 20 Pakistani cricket stars to get NOC from Pakistan Cricket Board to play at the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium that takes place from Nov 21- Dec 2, 2018

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.  

8 teams pick up top Indian cricketers including Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar, RS Sodhi for T10 League Zaheer Khan picked up by Bengal Tigers while Punjabi Legends take Praveen Kumar to fight it out at the 2nd Season of the T10 League

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.