After enthralling cricket fans around the world, the second installment of T10 cricket league is coming back with renewed vigour and more excitement. It will feature big names like Afghan prodigy Rashid Khan, Caribbean powerhouse Andre Russell and some world’s most fearless hitters – Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn.
Approved by the Emirates Cricket Board, the organizers of the league has decided to increase the number of franchises from six to eight. On Monday, the franchises met in Dubai for a mini-draft to where they picked named their icon players and chose four players to retain from their last year’s squads.
The 19-year old Rashid was bought by the Maratha Arabians for the upcoming season of the tournament. Apart from him, there are two more Afghanistan players who will participate in the league – Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Shahzad. Rahman was picked by Bengal Tigers, whereas, Shahzad – was chosen by the newly-christened Rajputs. Team Sri Lanka went over multiple makeovers and changed their name to Rajputs.
Kiwi stalwart McCullum was chosen as the icon player for Rajputs. Irish all-rounder Paul Stirling will represent Kerala Kings
First season champions Kerala Kings have retained their marquee player – Eoin Morgan while Pakistan legend Shahid Afridi will remain Pakhtoons. Veteran cricketer Shoaib Malik has also renewed their ties with Punjabi Legends. Darren Sammy has moved from Bengal Tigers to the debutants Northern Warriors franchise, as an icon player.
IPL 2018 Final hero – Shane Watson will also make his debut in the T10 format, he was picked up by Karachians as their icon player.
T10 League is a professional ten-over format Cricket League launched and owned by T10 Sports Management, it is approved by the Emirates Cricket Board. It is the first ever internationally ten-over format approved league. Matches have a 10-over-a-side format and a duration of 90 minutes. The teams will meet again on September 2 for the main draft where they will pick eleven players for the ten-day tournament in December.