T10 League organizers today (Tuesday) announced that International Cricket Council has officially sanctioned the second season of T10 League to be held from November 23, 2018 in Sharjah.
The apex body’s validation comes as a shot in the arm for the league that will have two new teams making them to a strong eight teams and a ten-day long season.
T10 League is the evolution of cricket, from 50-over games to 10-over games. ICC, last season, had approved the organizers of running the first 10 overs format league in the world. Local and international players remain the main attraction of this league.
The inaugural edition last year was won by Eoin Morgan-led Kerala Kings.
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“This sanction from ICC for T10 League gives our partners, stakeholders and more importantly the players a much-needed boost. Having said that, it additionally gives us responsibility to ensure we keep growing year-on-year and make this format globally acceptable,” said Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman, T10 League.
“We shared the vision and belief of the organisers in this format. From here on, it is important to grow the league and the format and ensure that players, teams and the fans get an experience to remember,” said Zayed Abbas, Board Member and Official Spokesperson, Emirates Cricket Board.
The second edition of the tournament will be a 10-day cricket extravaganza starting November 23 with the player draft slated in September. Afghanistan spin wizard Rashid Khan (Maratha Arabians), Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (Pakhtoons) and Shoaib Malik (Punjabi Legends), England’s Eoin Morgan (Kerala Kings), New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum (Rajputs), West Indies’ Sunil Narine (Bengal Tigers) and Darren Sammy (Northern Warriors) and Australia’s Shane Watson (Karachians) have already been roped in as Icon players for their respective franchisees.
“The sanction from the ICC will only add further shine to the global appeal of the event. We believe that value creation for the new teams will see a positive growth from year one. From four-day league to a ten-day league with more teams and larger pool of international players is a testament of faith shown by fans and stakeholders,” said Salman Iqbal, President, T10 League.
T10 League is the evolution of cricket game, from 50 over games and T20 matches to 10 over games. It is the first-ever ICC sanctioned 10 overs format league in the world. Local and international cricket players will be the main attraction of this league, and game lovers can experience non-stop entertainment integrated within the game. As one of the most popular games in the world, we believe the cricket supporters are ready to accelerate to this quick and enjoyable 90-minute format. After the well-accepted first season which was held on December 2017 at Sharjah International Cricket Stadium, T10 League Season 2 is well set to fly high with newly added teams.
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