Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi among cricket stars set to feature in new T-10 league in UAE

The United Arab Emirates will introduce a new cricket format when big hitters Shahid Afridi of Pakistan, India's Virender Singh, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkar and England's Eoin Morgan feature in a T-10 league in December.

AFP, October 04, 2017

Dubai: The United Arab Emirates 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 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.

File photo of Virender Sehwag. PTI

File photo of Virender Sehwag. PTI

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 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."

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."

Updated Date: Oct 04, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114