After the big success of the first edition, the T10 Cricket League is going to get bigger and better in the second edition.
Shaji Ul Mulk, chairman of the T10 league, announced at a press conference on Wednesday that two new teams would be in action in the second edition of the event in November.
Karachians, owned by Muhammad Imran Amin, Muhammed Ali Ahmed and Mohsin Imran, and Northern Warriors, owned by Shahbaz Ilyas, Mohomed Morani and Lucky Morani, will make their debut in the shortest format of the game in the UAE.
Meanwhile, Team Sri Lanka, owned by Vijay Viyas and Kashif Shehzad, will now be known as Team Rajasthani Heroes.
"Today is a significant day in the history of T10 league. We have been joined by new owners of new teams in our league. I welcome them all to our T10 family. We have Karachians and Northern Warriors. We wish you all the best for the second season," Shaji Ul Mulk said at the press conference on Wednesday.
"Our vision is to see T10 become an integral part of domestic and international cricket all over the world. T10 cricket is already proving to be a big hit. We are excited to see how this revolutionary new format will change the game," he added.
The second edition of the tournament will be a 10-day affair. And Salman Iqbal, president of the league, promises exciting cricket from some of the biggest names in the game.
"The T10 league is back. Last year there were doubts about the future of the league. Some people had their doubts if we would be able to host the second edition of the event. Well, we are not only back with the second edition, we are also introducing two new teams. This shows how the strong the brand has become," Iqbal told reporters on Wednesday.
Iqbal even said the T10 format offers cricket its best chance to get into the Olympics.
"T10 is getting bigger and bigger. Last year we had four days of cricket and this year we will have 10 days of exciting cricket. Our league is recognised by the cricket world. Also last year we saw massive crowd at Sharjah Cricket Stadium and this year I am sure the tournament will see packed stadiums. See it's fast-paced cricket, matches are over in 90 minutes. People have loved it in the first season. If the interest continues to grow at this rate, we might even take cricket to the Olympics!"
Mohomed Morani, managing director of the Mumbai-based entertainment company - Cineyug, said he felt proud to have joined the T10 revolution with his team Northern Warriors.
"We are very proud to be in the tournament. I was also part of the tournament last year. This year they have added two new teams and we the Northern Warriors are happy to be one of the new teams. We look forward to a big tournament this year," he said.
The inaugural edition of the star-studded league was won by the Eoin Morgan-led Kerala Kings.