T10 Cricket League: Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi to usher in new format in Sharjah
T10 Cricket League. an all-new cricket format, is set to take place at Sharjah from December 14, and will feature a number of renowned cricketers like Virender Sehwag, Eoin Morgan and Shahid Afridi.Updated: Dec 13, 2017 11:34 IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
The inaugural T10 Cricket League is set to be hosted in Sharjah Stadium from December 14. The four-day extravaganza, which features a number of top names from international cricket including Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi and Eoin Morgan, concludes on December 17.
The format is a brainchild of Indian businessman Shaji Ul Mulk, who opines that the success of the event may pave the way for cricket’s entry into Olympics as the T10 format is best-suited to the quadrennial event.
The tournament will be telecast by OSN to 93 countries across the world with famous commentators like Danny Morrison, Dean Jones and Rameez Raja being roped in to broadcast the event.
Though earlier the organisers had decided to use pink ball for the tournament, they changed it to white ball following a suggestion from former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, who had visited Sharjah to inaugurate his cricket academy in November.
To give it an IPL (Indian Premier League) like feel, the organisers have also made special arrangements to distribute T-shirts and flags of the teams among fans. LED bails will also be used in all the matches.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, who happens to be the lone Indian cricketer in league, will lead Maratha Arabians, a team that will also feature Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir.
Speaking to Gulf News, Mazhar Khan, General Manager of the Sharjah Cricket Club, said: “The wickets have been prepared in such a way to help big hitting. We have selected the pitches in such a way that cricketers will be able to entertain the crowd through some lusty hitting.”
Shahid Afridi, the captain of the Pakhtoons team, was cock-a-hoop at the prospect of playing in the league. “Sharjah has always been a special venue. As soon I was told about T10 cricket, I got thrilled and I immediately said that I want to play it,” Afridi was quoted as saying by Gulf News.
First Published: Dec 13, 2017 11:21 IST