Dubai: There is very good news for the cricketing fans as their most loved cricketers from Indian and the neighboring country Pakistan will be seen playing cricket again and will feature in new T-10 league in UAE.
The United Arab Emirates will bring in a new cricket format where 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 10-over-a-side matches will spread over 90 minutes (45 minute each side) in Sharjah, the details of which were announced here on Tuesday.
Twenty20 cricket was introduced in England in 2003 while the first international Twenty20 match was held between Australia and New Zealand at Auckland in February 2005.
Since its start, the shortest format has become the most popular amongst the fans around the world.
The league’s president Salman Iqbal is expecting this creative 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.
“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 one-day and Twenty20 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 Twenty20 cricket was played and since then it (twenty20) 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.”