Cricket’s new avatar: International T10 league in Sharjah that promises 90 minutes of power packed performance.
The iconic Sharjah stadium which has hosted 228 ODIs so far a world record will witness some of the top cricketers past and present showcasing their wares in 90 actions packed minutes from 14-17 December.
It is going to be the first ever international T10 league, the draft for which was held on Sunday in Dubai. The tournament will feature six teams – Maratha Arabians, Pakhtoons, Bengal Tigers, Kerala Kings, Punjabi Legends and Colombo Lions. It will also include players like Virender Sehwag, Mohammed Amir, Alex Hales, Keiron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Hassan Ali, Darren Sammy among others. Sixty players were picked up by five teams at the draft on Sunday, with Colombo Lions already having been announced a day earlier.
A massive amount of money – $40000 for the top 12 players and $30000 each for the next – was spent. Now whether the cricket will be taken more seriously than let’s say the Hong Kong Super Sixes or any other invitational tournament, is something which we have to see.
Amir was the first to be taken in the category as the Maratha Arabian snapped him up. In the next two rounds, the Arabians picked up Imad Wasim and Alex Hales.
The Pakhtoon’s first choice was Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman followed by Tamim Iqbal.
The Bengal Tigers took in Sunil Narine and backed up with Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman and double T20 winning captain, Sammy.
The Kerala Kings bought Keiron Pollard and the bowling duo of Sohail Tanvir and Shakib AL Hasan.
Finally, the Punjabi Legends picked up Pakistan all-rounder Hassan Ali and the Umar Akmal and Chris Jordan.
This is the first time we have had a draft in the Emirates so a very special occasion indeed, said Shaji UL Mulk, the chairman of the T10 Cricket League and the man behind the event.
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