Source: PSL Pakistan Super League
Who will be the new players that will feature in the second season of the T10 Cricket League? The latest T10 Cricket League squads have been announced and will see some of the top cricketers from around the world feature in the competition in December 2018. The main draft will be held on September 2
The PCB-backed competition captured a lot eyeballs of a lot of the fans in 2017 in what was the first of its kind endeavor. Six teams had participated in the competition in a round-robin-cum-knock-out format tournament.
Each side in the T10 Cricket League will be able to bat for 10 overs apiece. This season, the competition is said to have become bigger and better with the addition of two more teams – Karachians and Northern Warriors while the formerly known Sri Lankan team has been re-branded as Rajasthan Heroes that will be coached by Herschelle Gibbs.
A mini-draft was held in the lead-up to the T10 Cricket League and all the eight teams involved in the competition were able to select their first few players for this second season. Six teams had featured in the first edition of the T10 Cricket League but two more have been added this year.
Bengal Tigers brought in England’s hard-hitting batsmen Jason Roy and Sam Billings into their line-up alongside Asif Ali, a recent phenomenon for Pakistan in T20Is and ODIs. Having lost Sarfaraz Ahmed for the second season to international commitments, this looks like a good movie.
The Bengal side also retained Mujeeb Zadran of Afghanistan as they look to rebuild after the loss of Sarfaraz. Sunil Narine was brought in by Bengal as their icon player.
Some of the other players who have agreed to sign up for the T10 Cricket League are Darren Sammy, Brendon McCullum, Shane Watson, Rashid Khan, Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Chris Lynn, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik.
Defending champions Kerala Kings have retained England skipper Eoin Morgan for this season and he will be their icon player after back to back brilliant showings in the semi-final and final last season.
Rashid Khan will turn out for Maratha Arabians, Shahid Afridi will play for the Pakhtoons, Shoaib Malik was picked up by the Punjabi Legends while Brendon McCullum will turn out for the Rajputs as their icon players.
The two new franchises added to the list are the Northern Warriors and Karachians and they will have Darren Sammy and Shane Watson as their icon players. Below are the T10 Cricket League teams 2018 players list for its second edition after the mini draft.
T10 Cricket League Squad 2018
Karachians Squad: Shane Watson (icon), Anton Devcich, Ben Laughlin, Colin de Grandhomme, Jofra Archer
Northern Warriors Squad: Darren Sammy (icon), Andre Russell, Dwayne Smith, Nicholas Pooran, Wahab Riaz
Maratha Arabians Squad: Rashid Khan (icon), Alex Hales, Dwayne Bravo, James Faulkner, Kamran Akmal
Punjabi Legends Squad: Shoaib Malik (icon), Chris Jordan, Evin Lewis, Liam Plunkett, Luke Ronchi
Rajputs Squad: Brendon McCullum (icon), Chris Lynn, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Shahzad, Rilee Rossouw
Pakhtoons Squad: Shahid Afridi (icon), Colin Ingram, David Willey, Liam Dawson, Mohammad Irfan
Kerala Kings Squad: Eoin Morgan (icon), Dasun Shanaka, Kieron Pollard, Paul Stirling, Sohail Tanvir
Bengal Tigers Squad: Sunil Narine (icon), Asif Ali, Jason Roy, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sam Billings