T10 Cricket League

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    T10 Cricket League will win hearts: Inzamam

    Dubai: Former Pakistan captain and legendary batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq, co-owner of one of the teams featuring in the upcoming T10 Cricket League, said the event, which is to be launched on October 3 will prove to be an innovative and action-packed tournament.

    Inzamam and his brother Intizar-ul-Haq are the owners of the Punjab Legends team that will compete along with Bangla Tigers, Pakhtoons, Maratha Arabians, Kerala Kings and Colombo Kings.

    Answering a query as to how he felt about the innovative and unique tournament, Inzamam said: “I am very happy to be part of this league and see this very innovative concept that my friend Shaji Ul Mulk is introducing take off well.”

    Inzamam, who has played only in one Twenty20 International match in his career when he captained the Pakistan team to a five-wicket win over England at Bristol in 2006, expressed his hope that the T10 league will win the hearts of the fans. “I feel this format is bound to become very popular as it is going to have action from the first delivery. I feel it is well designed for the South Asian region.”

    Meanwhile, the Danube Group and NB Ventures have bought the Bangla Tigers team. The Sajan brothers — Rizwan and Anis — along with Neelesh Bhatnagar of NB Ventures and Shirajuddin Alam are the owners.


    Anis, who was recently the mentor of the Indian team in Indoor World Cup, said: “It is exciting to own a team in a tournament which is expected to be an amazing power-packed 90 minutes of pure fun and excitement during every match of the tournament.”

    Pakhtoons team will be owned by Habib Khan and will be captained by Shahid Afridi.

    Kerala Kings are owned by Husain Adam Aly and Dr Shafi Ul Mulk.

    Maratha Arabians are owned by Parvez Khan and Ali Tumbi besides Bollywood actor Sohail Khan. Sri Lanka Cricket Board and T Ten Sports Management are owners of Colombo Kings.

    The tournament will be staged at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from December 21 to 25. The event has gained approval from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is being backed by Emirates Cricket Board.

    http://gulfnews.com/sport/uae/cricket/t10-cricket-league-will-win-hearts-inzamam-1.2099071
     
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    UAE gives birth to newest T10 version

    The idea and dream of Shaji Ul Mulk is taking shape and the Christmas season will see a brand new format put in play

    Cricket and its abridged version-Twenty20 - continues to spawn many different Leagues around the world but the latest format - T10 - could yet be a defining one in its evolution.

    The T10 Cricket League, the UAE's own contribution could be a path-breaking one, and perhaps may stir a revolution.

    The idea and dream of Shaji Ul Mulk is taking shape and the Christmas season will see a brand new format put in play, a format that may change the face of cricket.

    The initial interest has been overwhelming with some of the biggest names in cricket endorsing the League. And with the Emirates Cricket Board's (ECB) blessing, it is good to go.

    The tournament is also backed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB). The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also advised its member boards to allow its players to show their skills during the four-day competition.

    The League's official launch was held at a glitzy ceremony with the red carpet rolled out for some of these cricket stars at the Dubai Ballroom of the JW Marriott Marquis on Tuesday night.

    And these cricketers and those associated with the League were unequivocal in their view that this 10-overs-a-side, 90-minute games, will garner newer audiences.

    "It is history in the making. It is a defining moment in the history of cricket," said Shaji Ul Mulk, looking content after seeing it come to fruition. The League has even attracted England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, and that says something.

    Morgan, along with former Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan are the team icons, while, former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara, Pakistan's Shahid Afridi and India's Virender Sehwag were unveiled as Brand Ambassadors.

    Inzamam-ul-Haq was named the Brand Mentor. The entire tournament will be as swift as the format, lasting just four days from December 21 to 24 and at a venue steeped in history - the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

    The tournament consists of six franchises - Punjabi Legends, Pakhtoons, Maratha Arabians, Bangla Tigers, Colombo Lions, and Kerala Kings.

    The final look of all squads will be firmed up on October 25 when around 120 players will go into a pool for a player draft to be held in Dubai.

    Morgan was delighted to be a part of it. "I'm extremely excited by the tournament and I hope the tournament is a great success. With this format and this tournament, you will get an audience who don't normally watch cricket," said Morgan.

    "If you look at the revolution of T20, if this really does take off, it makes it relevant to the modern day audience and this could be it," he added. Meanwhile, Misbah said: "It is a new concept and whoever brought this idea and made it happen, did a wonderful job. It is something new and good for the cricket fans and hopefully we will have a good season and many more."

    His compatriot Shahid Afridi said: "I love this format and it is a great format. And it is a format especially if you want to introduce cricket to new people," said Afridi.

    "It has felt like I ended my career early," joked Inzamam-ul-Haq, former Pakistan captain and chief selector. He added: "After T20 took a step, this is another big step. Fans will get to see some exciting cricket.

    https://www.khaleejtimes.com/sport/local/uae-gives-birth-to-newest-t10-version
     
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    Shahid Afridi, Misbah-Ul-Haq and Eoin Morgan excited at the idea of T-10 league

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will introduce a new cricket format when big hitters Shahid Afridi of Pakistan, India’s Virender Sehwag, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and England’s Eoin Morgan feature in a T-10 league in December. The ten-over-a-side matches will spread over 90 minutes (45 minute each side) in Sharjah, the details of which were announced on Tuesday. T20 cricket was introduced in England in 2003 while the first international T20 match was held between Australia and New Zealand at Auckland in February 2005. Since then the shortest format, the other two are five-day Tests and 50-over internationals, has become the most popular amongst the fans around the world.

    The league’s president Salman Iqbal hoped the idea will kick off.”Everyone has played T-10 cricket on the streets and this will give more fire to cricket and will be a big step forward and people will definitely enjoy it,” said Iqbal. The tournament will be as swift as the format, lasting just four days from 21-24 December with former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan also featuring. Afridi, who retired from international cricket last year said he was thrilled at the idea.

    “When I was told of the idea I was thrilled and requested that I want to play,” said Afridi, famous as Boom Boom for his big hitting. England’s current ODI and T20 captain Morgan was confident that T-10 cricket will have an impact. ”The whole concept is exciting,” said Morgan. “We all remember when the first time T20 cricket was played and since then it (T20) has impacted the other formats. If this new idea takes off then I am sure it will also impact the other forms of the game.”

    The four teams will be selected through a drafts later this month. Misbah said the new formats will be easy for ageing players as well.”Its an exciting idea and a good thing for players like me,” said 43-year-old Misbah who retired in May this year. “It will need just ten overs of batting and then fielding and at this age I can afford that.”

    http://www.cricketcountry.com/news/...gan-excited-at-the-idea-of-t-10-league-648253
     
  4. Mohsin
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    Whats the point? What are they going to do, replace T20 international with T10 internationals?
     
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    Hmm, conflict of interests then.
     
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    Not sure if it's a conflict of interests but a selector shouldn't be involved in these kind of leagues.
     
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    Why do you need 11 players? If you are a number 6 batsman your probably never going to bat.
     
  10. Mohammed Bilal
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    Lol

    ICC trying to preserve longer form of cricket whilst These T10 lot are destroying it.
     
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    PSL franchises advise Najam Sethi to deter T10 Cricket League: sources

    KARACHI: Many Pakistan Super League franchises have expressed concerns over the newly-launched T10 Cricket League in Sharjah over fears of its possible detrimental impact on the PSL.

    PSL franchises fear that the T10 Cricket League — set to be held in December 2017 — is likely to damage their market in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    “PSL franchises have sent a message to chairman PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) Najam Sethi, advising him to discourage the upcoming league," said a source privy to the matter.

    “[The] franchises have concerns related to business opportunities during the PSL, as they think that a tournament with Pakistan’s top players before PSL can hurt their brand value,” the source added.

    Sethi on Tuesday had hinted at conditional support towards T10 Cricket League.

    “PCB will support TTEN South Asia tournament in December 2017 if it is beneficial to interests of all stakeholders,” Sethi said in a tweet on Tuesday.

    Another source confirmed that the franchise owners are moving towards the creation of an owners’ board in a bid to have their opinions heard in matters related to the PSL.

    “Franchise owners are of the view that they have all the investments and stakes in the [PSL] and they are seeking a proper forum to have their concerns answered,” the source stated.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/161220-psl-franchises
     
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    PCB backs T10 league

    With reports circulating regarding chief selector Inzamamul Haq’s involvement in a proposed T10 league and the PCB’s unhappiness over that, Sethi was quick to point out that that was not the case.

    “Firstly, Inzamam is not actively involved,” said Sethi. “Secondly, even if he was, he is with us as a consultant and is therefore not obligated to stop his other businesses as long as there isn’t a conflict of interest.”

    The PCB chairman also said the board has no problem with the league and even said Pakistan’s players will participate in it as long as there isn’t any international or domestic commitments. “The UAE cricket board is very eager to have something permanent there,” said Sethi. “They have realised we will be returning to Pakistan sooner or later so they don’t want their stadiums to just sit empty and gather dust. That is why they want the T10 league to take place.”

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1534577/full-strength-sri-lanka-team-coming-pakistan-vows-sethi/
     
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    Champions Trophy stars to play in T10 league

    Dubai: The nucleus of the Pakistan team that lifted the Champions Trophy in England earlier this year will be in action during the upcoming T10 Cricket League, to be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from December 21-25.

    “The league will see all the best players from Pakistan in action as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has given permission to all their current centrally contracted players to play in the tournament,” Shaji Ul Mulk, chairman of the T10 league and the brains behind this unique 10-over league, told Gulf News.

    “I am delighted that the PCB has offered their full support and confirmed the release of their players. On behalf of the T10 league management, team owners and Emirates Cricket Board, I would like to offer special gratitude to PCB chairman Najam Sethi. He has offered [his] full support to this league.”

    Pakistan players currently playing in the series against Sri Lanka will now be available to team owners for selection.

    “This clearance has made it possible to have stalwarts like Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmad, Champions Trophy hero Fakhar Zaman, the in-form Babar Azam, who has hit two centuries in the ongoing One-day series, pacer Mohammad Amir and the legendary all-rounder and crowd favourite Shahid Afridi participate in the T10 league,” added Shaji.


    The list of all Pakistan players and some of the best limited over cricket players from different parts of the world will be handed over to the team owners soon.

    “We will present the list of all the players to the six team owners of the tournament for the auction to be held on November 5. The auction will be telecast live on OSN in Middle East, Geo and PTV in Pakistan, T Sports in India, Sky in [the] UK and Willow in [the] US,” he said.

    The six participating teams are Maratha Arabians, Punjabi Legends, Bangla Tigers, Keralite Kings, Colombo Lions and Pakhtoons.

    Many legends of the game have welcomed the unique 10-over concept, with former Pakistan skippers Inzamam-ul-Haq, Misabh-ul-Haq and Afridi saying that this event will be well received by UAE fans.

    Inzamam, a team selector for Pakistan, is also co-owner of the Punjab Legends team.

    The event has gained the approval of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is being backed by the Emirates Cricket Board.

    Shaji also revealed that the Sri Lanka Cricket Board was the first to come on board when it sending the country’s provincial champions, Colombo, alongside nine of their international players.

    Colombo will be led by Sri Lanka Test team captain Dinesh Chandimal.

    Shaji believes that with the inclusion of the best players in limited over cricket from Pakistan, all the matches of the league will be keenly fought.

    “This league is an idea that sprang out when watching 90-minute soccer matches. So I am sure this 90 minutes per match will be keenly followed.”

    http://gulfnews.com/sport/cricket/pakistan/champions-trophy-stars-to-play-in-t10-league-1.2108487
     
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    Where can I apply to become an owner of a F5 or T2 team? Invest now and reap the rewards in 10 years time with this trend of shortening the games to ridiculous proportions.
     
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    Anyone ever play Kwik Cricket in school? That will be next!
     
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    Should start hit and run...now that was fun back in high school
     
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    Draft to be held on 5th November
    The date is finalised. It is the 5th of November when the six TCL teams, namely Kerala Kings, Maratha Arabians, Punjab Legends, Colombo Lions, Pakhtoons and Bangla Tigers will get to pick their favourite players from an extravagant pool of talented cricketers and retired greats. Except the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), every other cricket board of a Test playing nation has agreed to allow their centrally contracted players to appear in the ‘one of a kind’ tournament.

    https://www.crictracker.com/mohamma...adab-khan-all-set-to-play-t10-cricket-league/
     
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    T10 Cricket League brought forward by one week, to be played from December 14 to 17

    The inaugural T10 Cricket League, which has attracted top international cricketers including Eoin Morgan and Shahid Afridi, has been brought forward by one week and will now be held between December 14 to 17.

    The league was originally scheduled for December 21 to 24 but will now be played earlier at Sharjah Cricket Stadium to give players’ ample time to prepare for the Big Bash League and international tours.

    Pakistan Cricket Board announced last week that their top players will be available for selection but wanted them back in time for a training camp ahead of their visit to New Zealand early next year.

    “We have done this to accommodate the bigger pool of players because the Pakistan team is travelling to New Zealand on the 27th December,” Shaji Ul-Mulk, chairman of the T10 Cricket League, told Sport360°.

    “They have a camp and will get ready on the 20th. We were advised by the Pakistan Cricket Board into looking into the possibility of moving the dates and we were able to do that. It will also allow players, who are competing in the Big Bash League, which starts from 19th December, to play in the T10 Cricket League as well.”

    Although it’s a new format that will see around 70 elite cricketers – including Chris Gayle and Virender Sehwag play in 10-overs-a-side matches, which will last 90 minutes each, there has been no shortage of interest.

    T10 Cricket League, from 14th Dec-17th Dec: https://t.co/vL5wFk046s via @YouTube

    — T10 Cricket League (@ttencricketuae) October 20, 2017

    The six franchises – Punjabi Legends, Pakhtoons, Maratha Arabians, Bangla Tigers, Colombo Lions and Kerala Kings were all announced during the glittering launch ceremony in Dubai earlier this month.

    With the new tournament dates now in place, Ul-Mulk revealed that the player draft will now take place on Saturday November 5 in Dubai.

    He also confirmed that tickets will be on sale from November 1.

    “Tickets will be on sale in different outlets and will be starting from Dh20,” he said. “We want to make the cricket games affordable for people to watch.”

    http://sport360.com/article/cricket...one-week-to-be-played-from-december-14-to-17/
     
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    I remember few years back at my high school, we were playing quick cricket and one of the lads played a really good dil scoop(Probably hadn't touched a bat in his life before then)
    And the PE teacher applauded his effort so it just shows that a cover drive is less valued then a dil scoop which is sad.
     
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    It got the intended result so who cares. Plus it's not test cricket so proper cover drives (in fact most proper shots) are rare especially in t20s
     
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    Cover drives are rare because you only get a single in T20s.

    The shorter forms are ruining cricket,You might as well go watch baseball or something like that.
     
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    Gonna be absolutely ripe with fixing.

    Shorter the game, the easier it is for one player to affect the result.
     
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    AB de Villiers could play in 2017 T10 Cricket League

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    AB de Villiers is on the radar of the newly launched T10 Cricket League

    What's the story?
    The first edition of the recently-launched T10 Cricket League (TCL) has been advanced by a week. Parvez Khan, one of the board members of the tournament, stated that the change in scheduling was made to avoid clashes with other matches and consequently aim at maximising the player pool.

    He also revealed that the organisers of the league are currently in talks with South African icon AB de Villiers, in addition to a few big names from Australia, to participate in the inaugural season.

    "The dates were clashing with the Big Bash League (BBL) and also with Pakistan’s tour of New Zealand. So, their players would not have been available. That’s why we thought of changing it. PCB suggested to look into the possibility of shifting the dates. This will help us have a better player pool," Parvez told Sportstar.

    Eager to sign up a few modern-day superstars, the board member added that they are trying to get AB de Villiers for the league. There will be a gap between the TCL and Big Bash, so even Aussie players might be available to participate.

    In case you didn't know...
    The TCL is latest in the long list of franchise-based tournaments. However, unlike the other leagues, each match will be played with just 10 overs per side and is likely to last around 90 minutes.

    The heart of the matter
    The first edition of the TCL will see the likes of Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi, and Kumar Sangakkara participate. The flamboyant quartet have also been signed as the brand ambassadors for the event. All matches will be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the UAE.

    While the inaugural season was initially slated to run from December 21 to 24, the revamped schedule will see the tournament happen between December 14 and 17. The various franchises are hopeful that de Villiers, as well as several members of the current Pakistani and Australian teams, will be up for grabs.

    What's next?
    AB de Villiers is set to participate in the two-match T20I series against Bangladesh on October 26 and 29 at the Mangaung Oval and Senwes Park respectively. With the proposed T20 Global League failing to take off, plenty of high-profile South African players remain free until the four-day Boxing Day Test against Zimbabwe.

    While the 2017-18 BBL season is scheduled to begin on December 19, Pakistan's tour of New Zealand will take place in January.

    https://cricket.yahoo.com/news/ab-villiers-could-play-2017-071727781.html
     
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    Sarfraz to captain Bengal Tigers in T10 Cricket League

    After having acquired top guns like Eoin Morgan, Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq and Virender Sehwag, the inaugural T10 Cricket League gets even bigger.

    Anis Sajan, co-owner of Bengal Tigers, one of the six teams in the tournament, revealed that Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed would lead his team in the inaugural edition of the league in the UAE in December.

    "I want to announce that Sarfraz Ahmed is our captain. It gives me great pride to announce this because he is the captain of the Pakistan national team," Sajan told Khaleej Times at the 'Pick Order' Draw in Dubai on Tuesday night.

    "So Sarfraz will be the captain of Bengal Tigers. He is also the brand ambassador of Danube in Pakistan. We are delighted to have him in our team for the T10 league," the managing director of Danube said.

    Sajan, an avid cricket fan, is confident that the T10 league will become a big success.

    "The success of the league will depend on the first edition of the tournament. If we manage to do a very good job, I am sure it is going to get bigger in the next edition," he said.

    "Like they say in the movies, the first week decides whether a film will be a hit or a flop. I am very confident that our new league will be a huge success because it is going to produce fast-paced cricket. That's the nature of the shortest format of the game and this format has the potential to leave the other formats behind in terms of popularity," he added.

    Meanwhile, Hussain Adam Ali, co-owner of Kerala Kings, said he was delighted to have England limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan in his team.

    "He is a top international player. He is somebody who is a well-known name. And he is a very good limited overs player. In fact, it was my partner, Dr. Shafi Ul Mulk, who decided to go for Morgan," Hussain Adam Ali said during a chat with Khaleej Times on Tuesday night.

    https://www.khaleejtimes.com/sarfraz-to-captain-bengal-tigers-in-t10-cricket-league
     
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    T10 Cricket League hopes to sign non-contracted Indian players next season

    Shaji Ul Mulk, the man behind the all new T10 Cricket League, is confident that non-contracted Indian players will join the tournament for the next edition.

    The inaugural edition of the tournament will be staged in the UAE in December this year. The league has been approved by the International Cricket Council and several cricket boards, including PCB, have already agreed to release their players for the shortest format of the game.

    But BCCI, the richest cricket board in the world, will not allow its players to compete in the league.

    Shaji Ul Mulk, chairman of the league, remains confident nevertheless. He says the tournament is likely to see a lot of Indian players in its second edition.

    "See the BCCI has a policy of not releasing their players for any league in the world. It's not just our league, but they don't release their current players for any T20 league in the world. It has been their policy to protect the Indian Premier League," Shaji Ul Mulk told Khaleej Times at the 'Pick Order' Draw in Dubai on Tuesday night.

    "But having said that, they have actually allowed retired players like Virender Sehwag to take part in our league. Now we are in talks with BCCI to release some of the non-contracted players like Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa and the Pathan brothers, Irfan and Yusuf. So far the response has been positive. We are hoping to have some big Indian names for our next edition of the tournament."

    There was great excitement among the franchise owners on Friday at the Owners 'Pick Order' Draw - a system that will give one lucky team the chance to pick their favourite player first when the draft happens next month.

    "Now there are only 45 days left for the start of the tournament. It's a big challenge to stage a league of this magnitude. It will be four days of exciting cricket. We have probably the highest number of international cricketers as 60-70 current cricketers will compete in the league," Shaji Ul Mulk said.

    The Indian businessman then revealed how the idea of having a T10 tournament first came to his mind.

    "It was basically the concept of having 90-minute cricket. You know the game has seen the rise of new formats over the years. First it was the one-day format, then came the T20s. But I felt there was still a chance to make the game even more exciting," he said.

    "You know all big sports like football and basketball are played for only 90 minutes. So I thought even cricket can have a 90-minute format. So to complete a game in 90 minutes, it has to be 10-over format. So that's how the T10 concept came to my mind. I wanted to make it fast-paced.

    "So far the interest has been huge. What's very satisfying is to see a concept being commercialised. It will be nice if we can make it a great success because we all want cricket to be fun and fast."

    TEAMS, OWNERS AND STAR PLAYERS
    Punjabi Legends

    (Owners: Inzamam-ul-Haq and Intizar-ul-Haq, key player: Misbah-ul-Haq)

    Pakhtoons

    (Owners: Habib Khan and Tajuddin Khan; key player: Shahid Afridi)

    Maratha Arabians

    (Owners: Sohail Khan, Ali Tumbi, Parvez Khan; key player: Virender Sehwag)

    Bangla Tigers

    (Owners: Shirajuddin Alam, Yasin Choudhary, Neelesh Bhatnager, Anis Sajan and Rizwan Sajan; key player: TBA)

    Colombo Lions

    (Owners: Kashif Shahzad and Vijay Vyas Dutt; key player: TBA)

    Kerala Kings

    (Owners Hussain Adam Ali and Dr. Shafi Ul Mulk; key player: Eoin Morgan)

    Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium

    https://www.khaleejtimes.com/t10-cr...ign-non-contracted-indian-players-next-season
     
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    T10 Cricket League kicks off with Owners 'Pick Order' Draw

    Cricket’s hottest new format, the T10 Cricket League moved into top gear when the 'Pick Order' Draw of the six franchise owners took place at the exclusive members only ‘Capital Club’ on Tuesday (October 24) in Dubai.

    Reminiscent of major international sports leagues such as NFL, NBA or PSL (Pakistan Super League), the 'Pick Order' Draw determines which team will get the first pick in the ‘Player Draft’ to be held in Dubai next month for the inaugural edition of the T10 Cricket League.

    There was a buzz and excitement when owners of the six franchises namely Punjabi Legends, Pakhtoons, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Colombo Lions and Kerala Kings came up to the stage to dip into a fish bowl to pick the number of their respective teams first. It reached a crescendo during the second round when each of the team owners picked up one of the six randomly placed bats and peeled off a hidden number from 1 – 6 to determine who will get the first and last pick in the first round of the Draft.

    There was friendly banter and rivalry amid a spirit of fair play as owners came up to select their bats with Anis Sajan, co-owner of Bengal Tigers even preferring to depend on ‘Lady Luck’ during the draw.

    However, it was Maratha Arabians who came up trumps in the draw after team owners Parvez Khan and Ali picked up the No.1 bat to give them a head start in the Draft.

    Colombo Lions co-owners Vijay Vyas and Kashif Shahzad picked up bat No.2, Pakhtoons owner Habib Khan selected bat No.3, Bengal Tigers claimed bat No. 4, Kerala Kings co-owner Hussain Adam Ali got bat No.5 while Punjabi Legends had to settle for bat No.6.

    The pick orders for the rest of the rounds will be done randomly to give some form of equality to all teams.

    The T10 Cricket League’s Board of Directors and team owners have been swinging into action ever since the first ever T10 Cricket League was launched amid glitz and glamour, in the presence of celebrities and star cricketers on 3rd October 2017 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai.

    The Owners ‘Pick Order’ Draw, a lottery system that gives Team Owners the advantage of securing their favourite players in the first round of the upcoming Draft on November, virtually kick-started the T10 Cricket League in the presence of an enthusiastic audience including members of the local and international media.

    The Owners ‘Pick Order’ Draw was further enhanced and interest heightened after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) extended their full support to the much talked about T10 Cricket League which came closely on the heels of other national cricket governing bodies such as the Sri Lanka Cricket, Bangladesh Cricket Board, Zimbabwe Cricket and Emirates Cricket Board approving this extravaganza to be held at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the UAE from December 14 to 17.

    The attraction of Shahid Afridi and the strong line-up of centrally contracted players from Pakistan and Bangladesh, will add a whole new bang to this much looked to 10 over format. With a potential audience of over 1.4 billion South Asian people, 90 minutes of action, 10 overs a side, star players, celebrities, performance shows, South Asian rivalries, performances after every over, drama and nail biting finishes it is undoubtedly cricket's newest and hottest attraction.

    Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of Mulk Holdings and the T10 Cricket League, expressed his excitement to the team owners: “I am delighted to announce that the Inaugural T10 Cricket League Draft will feature some of the best international cricketers it has to offer and second to none in its approach of fast paced, captivating and world famous brand ambassadors. On behalf of the team owners, the board of directors and the Emirates Cricket Board, I would like the fans to get behind their respective favorite teams in full spirit and support the hottest format cricket has to offer, the T10 CRICKET LEAGUE!"

    Salman Iqbal, President of the T10 Cricket League and Founder and CEO of ARY digital network speaking on the PCB approval and Owners draw said: "Some of the cricketers in the Player Draft are some of the most exciting players in the world with star following of millions of passionate fans. They will be an integral part of our leagues’ success. I would like to thank all the cricket boards for their support for the T10 Cricket League and their progressive thinking towards the development of this game that we all love and wish all the team owners best of luck for the Draft!”

    Also adding to the mix of T10 Cricket League, list of current international players including Eoin Morgan captain of the England team, Shakib Al Hasan, Virender Sehwag and Sangakkara, is the ‘cricketentainment’ which will begin from the first ball!

    Over 100 performers per match to entertain crowds, crowd interaction, player interaction, rivalries, over 20 celebrities in attendance every match, International players and cricketing action from the first ball!

    Team captains and coaches will have to adjust to the new format by deploying new strategies and adapting to the T10 Cricket League.

    Speaking to the press Shahid Afridi said: “When I was told of the idea I was thrilled and requested that I want to play.”

    Teams are solely based in and around the South Asian subcontinent and icons of business, movie industry and sport both in and around the region, including Bollywood actors have bought teams which include – Punjabi Legends (Inzamam Ul Haq and Intizar Ul Haq) led by Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakhtoons (Habib Khan) led by Shahid Afridi, Maratha Arabians (Parvez Khan, Bollywood star: Sohail Khan and Ali Tumbi led by Virender Sehwag), Bengal Tigers (Anis Sajan, Rizwan Sajan, Sirajuddin Alam and Neelesh Bhagatanar), Colombo Lions (Vijay Vyas, Kashif Shahzad and Mohomed Morani led by Shoaib Malik) and Kerala Kings (Hussain Adam Ali and Dr.Shafi Ul Mulk . The games will be broadcast all over the world. ACTION BEGINS from 14th-17th DECEMBER in the historic Guinness record holder, Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

    http://www.emirates247.com/sports/t...th-owners-pick-order-draw-2017-10-26-1.660906
     
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    PCB bars chief selector Inzamam from owning T10 franchise

    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has prohibited chief selector Inzamamul Haq from owning a franchise or being involved in any manner in the recently launched Twenty10 Cricket League in Sharjah, set to be held in December this year. PCB chairman Najam Sethi had earlier said that Inzamam would be asked to disassociate himself with the said league only if it goes against the board’s policies. However, a PCB official was quoted as saying Friday that the board had already told Inzamam not to get involved with the T10 league in any capacity whatsoever. Sethi, days ago, had said that Inzamam was only a ‘consultant’ to the board and cannot be stopped from indulging in other activities as long as they’re not in direct conflict with the PCB’s policies. “If any of those activities are in conflict with the board then only can he be stopped,” he said. “Inzamam can, therefore, be a ‘consultant’ for the franchises but not buy teams.” Inzamam, too, has issued a timely clarification that he doesn’t have any interest -ownership or otherwise – in the T10 league and that the entire episode was a media fabrication. “The PCB has told me I cannot do anything that goes against the board’s policies,” he simply said.

    Inzamam’s statement is in direct conflict with the T10 league organisers’, who in reply to Sethi’s query, have revealed that even though the chief selector doesn’t own any of their franchises, he does have some interest in their operation as his brother Intizarul Haq is a shareholder in one of their franchises. Despite barring Inzamam, Sethi is not unsupportive of the T10 league idea, saying that if the Emirates Cricket Board wants to launch it, the PCB will help them out in any way they can. “They have supported us a lot by letting us have UAE as a neutral venue and now it’s our time to help them back,” he said.

    On the matter of Pakistan players’ participation in the said league, he said: “The organisers want our players to be a part of their league just like many others from around the world. We told them that if the league schedule doesn’t clashes with our international matches or training camp, they are free to play.” The T10 league organisers have already changed their schedule to accommodate Pakistan players and are confident of attracting some top names. “The PCB’s approval means Pakistan stars such as Shahid Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Ahmed Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman among others will feature in the upcoming T10 Cricket League player draft in November,” read a statement of the organisers.

    Published in Daily Times, October 28th 2017.

    https://dailytimes.com.pk/131584/pcb-bars-chief-selector-inzamam-owning-t10-franchise/
     
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    Akram to be Maratha Arabians’ mentor-coach

    Dubai: Wasim Akram, legendary pacer and former Pakistan captain, will be the mentor and coach of the Maratha Arabians team in the oncoming T10 Cricket League to be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

    Speaking to Gulf News, Parvez Khan, the owner of the Maratha Arabians team and chairman Pacific Ventures, said: “We are delighted to have Akram as our team’s mentor and coach. There is no one better than Akram who knows the Sharjah stadium conditions best as he has produced some of his splendid bowling spells there. His knowledge will be of great help to everyone in the team.”

    Akram is expected to arrive on November 5 for the T10 players draft and will personally pick the team combination.

    “Akram’s presence will be a big boost to all the players in the team as they would also be able to take tips from him. The knowledge he has passed on to many bowlers have made them very good effective pacers,” added Khan.

    Maratha Arabians have already roped in India’s hard hitting batsman Virender Sehwag as captain and icon player of the team.

    When asked how is to have a Pakistan coach for a team which has an Indian name, Khan said: “Akram has been the coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders and hence this role will be nothing new for him. Akram has helped many Indian pacers in the past, will do the same with Maratha Arabians players from the different countries. Akram’s presence will also convey the message of peace between India and Pakistan.”

    Maratha Arabians is also owned by Saudi Arabia born Ali Tumbi, who is owner of Aqua Properties. Bollywood star Sohail Khan is the co-owner. “Akram is an inspiration for youngsters and we wanted the world’s best swing bowler to be our guide,” said Tumbi.

    It is the tie-up with an owner from Saudi Arabia that resulted in the team being named Maratha Arabians. “We will be trying to get a few players who are not contracted with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to play for us. Next year, we will approach BCCI to release Zaheer Khan and Suresh Raina to play for this team,” said Khan.

    In the owners’ Pick Order Draw held last week, Maratha Arabians team have won the rights to make the first pick during the players’ draft on November 5.

    http://gulfnews.com/sport/cricket/pakistan/akram-to-be-maratha-arabians-mentor-coach-1.2115650
     
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    Sarfraz to lead, Waqar to coach Bengal Tigers

    Dubai: Pakistan skipper Safraz Ahmad will lead Bengal Tigers in the upcoming T10 Cricket League in December at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The team will be coached by former Pakistan pace ace, captain and coach Waqar Younis.

    Sarfraz, who had captained Pakistan to Champions Trophy title triumph recently, has proved to be a smart leader in limited overs cricket. Younis carries with him not only his experience as captain and coach but also knowledge of Sharjah, where he grew up as a young boy and made his One-day international debut.

    Announcing the appointments, Anis Sajan, one of the co-owners of Bengal Tigers and Managing Director of Danube, said: “We are thrilled over having Safraz as our captain and Waqar as coach. I have closely interacted with Waqar when he was coach of the Pakistan team and we both have a strong bonding and moreover he is an experienced coach too. Our local bonding will help our team”.

    Referring to Sarfraz, Anis said: “Sarfraz is a young captain and has done very well for both Pakistan team and the Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Super League [PSL] in the short format and his experience of playing in Sharjah will be a great boost for the whole team.”

    Incidentally, Safraz had played in domestic cricket for Danube team owned by Sajan during the early period of his career. “We have made the announcements early because the tournament is just one-and-half months away and it’s important to be ready with the captain and the Head Coach as they are the two key people who will be running the show,” said Sajan.
 Bengal Tigers have already appointed Australian John Gloster as the physiotherapist and Girish Dongre as the Team Manager and Maroof Majumdaar as the Media Manager. Gloster was Team India physiotherapist from 2005 to 2008 and also worked with Bangladesh team for four years. He was also the physiotherapist for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and for Lahore Qalandars in the PSL.

    “We are hoping to get the best players during the Players Draft, to be held on November 5,” said Sajan, who was recently the mentor of the Indian team that played the Indoor World Cup here.

    http://gulfnews.com/sport/cricket/pakistan/sarfraz-to-lead-waqar-to-coach-bengal-tigers-1.2116329
     
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    PCB permits Inzamam-ul-Haq to purchase a T10 league team under certain conditions

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has provisionally granted Inzamam-ul-Haq the permission to purchase any team in the T10 League besides him being appointed as the mentor of Lahore Qalandars. The Chief Selector of the Pakistan Cricket Team recently met with PCB Chairman Najam Sethi to request for the allowance for the two projects.

    According to reports, PCB has provisionally allowed Inzy to buy a team in the inaugural T10 League apart from handling the mentorship of the Lahore Qalandars. Apparently, Pakistan Super League franchise Lahore Qalandars have been interested in obtaining the services of the former Pakistan captain while Inzamam is eager to purchase a team in the TCL which is scheduled to be held in UAE.

    According to the negotiations, Inzamam will not receive his monthly salary from the Cricket Board while being a part of the Lahore Qalandars as a mentor. Also, Inzamam will be prohibited to sit in the dugouts like Sir Vivan Richards – the mentor of the Quetta Gladiators or during the players’ draft.

    “If the PCB feels Inzamam’s services are needed for the national team during the period of the two events, the chief selector will be asked to report for national duty,” claimed an anonymous source close to the matter according to Dawn News.

    Mushtaq Ahmed to follow the same instruction
    Furthermore, it is learnt that National Cricket Academy (NCA) bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed has also been granted the permission to coach a T10 Cricket League team which is scheduled to be held in between December 21 to 24 at Sharjah.

    The same law has been applied for Mushtaq as well. Similarly, Mushtaq Ahmed will not be receiving any salary for the month during his tenure in the T10 League.

    The T10 league is being held in Sharjah next month, in which retired and current cricketers from around the world, including Shahid Afridi, Virender Sehwag, Kumar Sangakkara and Eoin Morgan, are also participating.

    https://www.crictracker.com/pcb-permits-inzamam-ul-haq-purchase-t10-league-team-certain-conditions/
     
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    First draft for inaugural T10 Cricket League held, Team Sri Lanka Cricket joins fray

    The first-ever draft for Emirates players to participate in the inaugural international T10 Cricket League at Sharjah Cricket Stadium next month took place on Saturday.

    In attendance was legend Wasim Akram as well as former players, team owners and other VIP’s.

    In a bid to give local talent a major boost as many as 27 players were part in the draft as team owners made their selections. Ten players were drafted in five teams. The 6th team, Team Sri Lanka Cricket, has already announced that their players will be from the team that just won the Super Provincial title recently.

    UAE Captain Rohan Mustafa became the first ever draft pick for T10 cricket when the Kerala Kings chose him along with bowler Imran Haider. The team’s icon player Eoin Morgan attended the draft along with their coach Robin Singh.

    Maratha Arabians picked batsman Shaiman Anwar and fast bowler Zahoor Khan.

    The Punjab Legends icon player Shoaib Malik was also present as his team chose wicket-keeper batsman Ghulam Shabber and fast bowler Shareef Asadullah.

    The Bengal Tigers secured the services of fast bowler Mohammed Naveed and batsman Rameez Shahzad while the Pakhtoons went for all-rounder Amjad Javed and wicket-keeper batsman Saqlain Haider.

    Six teams will battle it out for the title from December 14 in this exciting format, which is expected to fill the iconic Sharjah stadium.

    “We are delighted to be able to give local players an opportunity to play with the big boys and garner the experience,” said Shaji Ul Mulk, the Chairman of the T10 committee and the brain behind the concept.

    “The enthusiasm we witnessed at the draft is indicative of the high level of interest that the T10 is attracting and we are confident that it will become a regular feature here and around the cricketing world,” he added.

    The International players draft is scheduled for Sunday. Among those present at the venue will be Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, and Sarfraz Ahmed.

    http://sport360.com/article/cricket...eague-held-team-sri-lanka-cricket-joins-fray/
     
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    The first-ever draft for Emirates players to participate in the inaugural international T10 Cricket League at Sharjah Cricket Stadium next month took place on Saturday.

    In attendance was legend Wasim Akram as well as former players, team owners and other VIP’s.

    In a bid to give local talent a major boost as many as 27 players were part in the draft as team owners made their selections. Ten players were drafted in five teams. The 6th team, Team Sri Lanka Cricket, has already announced that their players will be from the team that just won the Super Provincial title recently.

    UAE Captain Rohan Mustafa became the first ever draft pick for T10 cricket when the Kerala Kings chose him along with bowler Imran Haider. The team’s icon player Eoin Morgan attended the draft along with their coach Robin Singh.

    Maratha Arabians picked batsman Shaiman Anwar and fast bowler Zahoor Khan.

    The Punjab Legends icon player Shoaib Malik was also present as his team chose wicket-keeper batsman Ghulam Shabber and fast bowler Shareef Asadullah.


    The Bengal Tigers secured the services of fast bowler Mohammed Naveed and batsman Rameez Shahzad while the Pakhtoons went for all-rounder Amjad Javed and wicket-keeper batsman Saqlain Haider.

    Six teams will battle it out for the title from December 14 in this exciting format, which is expected to fill the iconic Sharjah stadium.

    “We are delighted to be able to give local players an opportunity to play with the big boys and garner the experience,” said Shaji Ul Mulk, the Chairman of the T10 committee and the brain behind the concept.

    “The enthusiasm we witnessed at the draft is indicative of the high level of interest that the T10 is attracting and we are confident that it will become a regular feature here and around the cricketing world,” he added.

    The International players draft is scheduled for Sunday. Among those present at the venue will be Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, and Sarfraz Ahmed.

    http://sport360.com/article/cricket...eague-held-team-sri-lanka-cricket-joins-fray/
     
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    Ten10 Cricket League
    Venue and schedule Sharjah Cricket Stadium, December 14 to 17

    Teams

    Maratha Arabians Leading player: Virender Sehwag; Top picks: Mohammed Amir, Imad Wasim; UAE players: Shaiman Anwar, Zahoor Khan

    Bengal Lions Leading player: Sarfraz Ahmed; Top picks: Sunil Narine, Mustafizur Rahman; UAE players: Mohammed Naveed, Rameez Shahzad

    Kerala Kings Leading player: Eoin Morgan; Top picks: Kieron Pollard, Sohail Tanvir; UAE players: Rohan Mustafa, Imran Haider

    Pakhtoons Leading player: Shahid Afridi; Top picks: Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal; UAE players: Amjad Javed, Saqlain Haider

    Punjabi Legends Leading player: Shoaib Malik; Top picks: Hasan Ali, Chris Jordan; UAE players: Ghulam Shabber, Shareef Asadullah

    Team Sri Lanka Cricket Will be made up of Colombo players who won island’s domestic limited-overs competition
     
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    Mohammed Amir was the first pick as the Ten10 Cricket League (TCL) had its inaugural international player draft on Sunday night.

    Some of the game’s leading players will head to the UAE for the first tournament in the 10-over format next month.

    Amir, the left-arm pace bowler from Pakistan, led an all-star cast as he was the first name selected at the event on board Lotus Yacht in Dubai Marina.

    He was signed by Maratha Arabians, a side who have former India star Virender Sehwag as their captain and Pakistan great Wasim Akram as a team mentor.

    The Arabians followed Amir’s recruitment by selecting the likes of Imad Wasim, Alex Hales and Kumar Sangakkara.

    The task of knitting together that eclectic set of characters will fall on Dougie Brown, the UAE national team coach, who will fulfill a similar role with the Arabians over the four-day course of the competition.

    Brown had been recruited by the franchise when a separate draft was held for UAE players on Saturday night.

    Within 24 hours, he was on the yacht, sharing his thoughts with the team’s owners, as well as Wasim Akram, as to who the team should pick.

    “It is a different experience for me, and I have not been in this sort of environment before,” Brown said.

    “It has been very interesting sitting down with the guys, working out how we will go about our selections. I am thoroughly looking forward to it.

    “I know a lot of, not just the English players, but of the overseas players who have played in the UK in recent years. It has been nice to be asked for my opinion, and for people to listen to that.”

    The previous evening, in the separate draft for UAE-based players, nine national team regulars had landed deals.

    Shareef Asadullah, a seam bowler who has been absent from the side for some years, was also plucked from the obscurity of domestic cricket to play for Punjabi Legends.

    Mohammed Naveed, the pace spearhead of the UAE bowling attack, was phoned personally by Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan’s captain, to inform him he had been recruited to his Bengal Lions team.

    There are certain guarantees over playing time, too. At least one UAE player must be named in the starting XI for each of five teams. The sixth, Team Sri Lanka Cricket, will draw its players exclusively from that country.

    “It is nice to have UAE presence in the tournament, and to have as many players involved as we have,” Brown said.

    “It is an outstanding opportunity for these guys to showcase their abilities. They need that opportunity if they are going to push for other chances in franchise cricket around the world.

    https://www.thenational.ae/sport/cr...picked-in-ten10-cricket-league-draft-1.673276
     
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    Punjab and Pukhtuns have the best teams imo
     
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    Shaji's brainchild T10 could open Olympics doors for cricket

    Done in 90 minutes is the concept Shaji Ul Mulk may have thought while conceiving the first ever T10 Cricket League but at the draft, on Sunday onboard a luxury yacht berthed at the Dubai Marina, most concurred that this shortest format of the game could open the doors of Olympics for cricket.

    "The way cricket is getting shorter its chances of being accepted as an Olympic sport are getting stronger," Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who is leading Danube-owned Bengal Tigers, told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of the draft for the first ever T10 Cricket league that will be played at the historic Sharjah Stadium from December 14-17.

    Eoin Morgan initially said that he had no answers to the question about T10 could pave the way for cricket getting into the Olympics. "(I) don't know the answer," he said as his initial reaction while admitting that it was a very good question. At the same time, Morgan was quick to admit that it (T10 cricket) had the potential. "There was a talk of T20 getting in, that never happened but never know." England's captain in shorter formats, however, strongly felt that this (T10) was a start for something special.

    An Emirates Cricket Board member, Waleed Bukhatir, whose father Abdulrehman Bukhatir started cricket in the desert in the 80s, also believes that the T10 format has all the ingredients to be an Olympic sport. "It all depends on how T10 shapes, if audiences digest the idea than this is an ideal time frame that could be enjoyed at the Olympics."

    "I think if a shorter version of rugby (7s) can be part of the Games then T10 could also be well received at the Olympics," Bukhatir reckons.

    The shorter duration games like football, hockey, volleyball and other team sports are very popular at the Olympic Games, so a 90-minute-long game of cricket could also catch up with the imagination of the fans at the Games.

    That shorter period is exactly what inspired Shaji to think about hosting an international league of T10. "I got the idea while watching a soccer game and I thought to myself, ninety-minute is ideal to have a great time, as with the other sport, why not cricket of intense energy," Shaji said during the first televised player draft for the T10 Cricket league.

    He stressed that the rules were according to the ICC mandate and though there was a large element of fun in the quick version, the contest would be intensely competitive. He also hoped that the T10 format would soon become a regular fixture on the world cricket calendar and be played by the best players in the sport.

    The enthusiasm of Shaji and his team for this format drew praises from Morgan. "It is admirable that organisers have belief in this new format and I think they are pushing the limits," he remarked on the sidelines of the draft.

    Five out of the six teams were part of the draft and they picked about 60 players during the four-hour-long televised draft. The sixth team, Sri Lanka Cricket, will comprise all Sri Lankan.

    With legendary left-arm seamer Wasim Akram as their mentor, it was not surprising that Maratha Arabians first picked most dreaded young left-arm pace bowler Mohammed Amir. After picking one of the best available player, Marathas went on to add Imad Wasim and England's Alex Hales as their A list players.

    The Bengal Tigers, owned by Danube group, went for strong bowlers in Sunil Narine and Mustafizur Rahman along with all-rounder Darren Sammy as their A list picks. On the other hand, Shahid Afridi went for a stronger batting as the mentor of the Pakhtoons when he picked two openers in Fakhar Zaman and Tamim Iqbal before adding West Indian Dwayne Smith, who has also opened in the past.

    The Kerala Kings opted for a trio of all-rounders in Keiron Pollard, Sohail Tanvir and Shakib Al Hasan. And, it was a mixed bag for the Punjabi Legends when they went for an all-rounder (Hassan Ali), a batsmen, who can keep and a T20 specialist fast bowler (Chris Jordan).

    https://www.khaleejtimes.com/sport/...ild-t10-could-open-olympics-doors-for-cricket
     
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    Pakistan and Bengal Tigers' captain Sarfraz Ahmed admits T10 cricket will be huge step into unknown

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    2017 has been a memorable year for Sarfraz.


    Pakistan‘s Sarfraz Ahmed, skipper of Bengal Tigers, says he cannot wait to test himself in the latest format at next month’s T10 Cricket League but admits the version could be his biggest challenge as both a player and captain.

    The sport will enter a new era with Sarfraz among the elite players to take to the field at Sharjah Cricket Stadium between December 14-17 for the inaugural tournament. It will see them play 10-overs-a-side matches over 90 minutes.

    By being given the Bengal Tigers’ armband, Sarfraz finds himself in the same role as Pakistan’s Test, ODI and T20 captain but like all of the international cricketers, will be stepping into unknown territory with the new format.

    That's the Bengal Tigers' jersey for #T10CricketLeague. Sarfraz Ahmed joined by the team owners @Sport360 pic.twitter.com/669CGMolzJ

    — Denzil M Pinto (@denz_360) November 6, 2017

    But even with 153 international caps across all three versions under his belt, Sarfraz acknowledges it will still be a challenge but one that will help raise his and his team-mates’ game.

    “There are going to be challenges for me and the team,” he told Sport360 after he unveiled the team’s jersey alongside two of the team’s co-owners Anis Sajan, managing director of Danube Group and Neelesh Bhatnagar, owner of NB Venture, yesterday in Dubai.

    “You see T10 cricket is a new format – not just for me but the other players as we’ve never played it before. But I will try my level best to do the best for Bengal Tigers.

    “In T10, it’s the shortest format now in the game of cricket. That means that it’s going to be more faster. Previously there were Test matches over five days and then there were 50-over games. Then there were T20s.

    “But now there’s even a shorter format in the T10, which is more challenging. I would say it’s going to be very fast like a computer lighting up quickly. It just means I have to be more alert as a captain and so do my players because every ball that is bowled or run that is scored is crucial. You cannot afford to be lapsing in concentration so I and my team need to be focused all the time in the game.

    “But I’m very happy for this opportunity to play in this competition and very excited. Thank you to Anis bhai for giving me the chance to be part of the team and hopefully our team will do well Inshallah.”

    Sarfraz assisted the team management during Sunday’s Player Draft at the Dubai Marina with the squad boasting the likes of World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine and ex-South Africa all-rounder Ryan McLaren.

    In a draft that saw England’s Alex Hales, Adil Rashid and Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir among the picks, Sarfraz is pleased with his strength in depth but revealed he had identified his national team-mate all-rounder Imad Wasim as a potential signing.

    “He’s a player who can bowl and bat,” he said. “In whatever team you are, you want a player who has plenty of experience of playing in the shorter formats. Unfortunately, because he’s so good it means that every team wants him but we are happy with what we have.

    “We had a pre-draft before and we are happy to have got what we have. We picked some strong players and picked most of the players that we wanted.”

    http://sport360.com/article/cricket...s-t10-cricket-will-be-huge-step-into-unknown/
     
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    Glittering array of stars for T10 League

    Dubai: A clutch of the top stars in limited overs cricket from around the world were snapped up by the teams participating in the T10 Cricket League, to be held next month at the Sharjah Stadium from December 14-17. The Players’ Draft were held in a luxury yacht called Lotus, docked at Dubai Marina, which saw world’s best 60 players being chosen by the teams.

    Pakistan’s two heroes — Mohammad Amir and Fakhar Zaman — who helped them win the Champions Trophy in England were snapped up in a flash. Maratha Arabians who had won the rights to make the first pick during the Pick Order Draw held last week, picked Amir while Pakthoons, who were second in the order for pick, went for Zaman. The two team owners were guided in their choice by legendary pacer Wasim Akram, the coach of the Maratha team and Shahid Afridi, the captain of Pakthoons.


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    Bengal Tigers, captained by Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmad, went for West Indies spinner Sunil Narine.

    When the Kerala Kings’ turn came, captain Eoin Morgan and coach Robin Singh through a quick discussion picked one of the world’s finest hard-hitting all-rounders Keiron Pollard.

    Punjab Legends, to be captained by Pakistan’s veteran player Shoaib Malek, went for the world’s top ranked and rising star Hasan Ali.

    The players’ draft was attended by Emirates Cricket Board’s top officials Waleed Bukhatir, Zayed Abbas and Mazhar Khan.

    Shaji-Ul Mulk, the chairman of the T10 Cricket League, who also visualised this event, said: “It is the first time we have had a player draft in the UAE. The yacht as a venue have added an extra dose of glamour.”

    Five teams out of the six teams took part in the draft as the sixth team Sri Lanka will be made up of entirely Sri Lankan players that won their domestic Super Provincial title but will have players like their Test team captain Dinesh Chandimal, all-rounder Thisara Perera and inform Lahiru Thirimanna.

    Maratha Arabians then went on to pick Imad Wasim and England’s Alex Hales in the subsequent rounds. Pakthoons then choose Bangladesh’s hard-hitting opener Tamim Iqbal and West Indies’ star Dwayne Smith.

    Bengal Tigers went one ahead by roping in two-time Twenty20 World Cup winning captain Darren Sammy and Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman, who has the record for the most wickets in a debut series.

    Kerala enthused by getting Pollard went for Sohail Tanvir and Shakib Al Hasan in the next rounds. Punjab Legends picked Umar Akmal and Chris Jordan. Salman Iqbal, the president of the T10 league said: “I am confident that the format is here to stay.”

    Ten UAE players have already been picked by the different teams in a draft for the UAE players held on Saturday. Speaking to Gulf News, UAE all-rounder Amjad Javed, who has been picked by the Afridi-led Pakthoons team, echoed the feeling of the UAE players. “By getting picked to play alongside the world’s best players, we all want to show that we are no less than any of the professional players out there. To play under a legendary all-rounder like Afridi will be special for me as it surely will be for my other UAE teammates too.”

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