UAE's T10 tournament attracts more teams for 2018

Eight teams will compete for the 2.0 Se10 League, the limited 10-over format cricket tournament that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium
UAE's T10 tournament attracts more teams for 2018
Last year’s champions Kerala Kings have picked up top players Chris Gale, Junaid Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tom Curran, Fabian Allen, Niroshan Dickwella, Benny Howell, as well as Imran Nazir.
By Sam Bridge
Sat 13 Oct 2018 12:30 AM

Eight teams will compete for the 2.0 Se10 League, the limited 10-over format cricket tournament that takes place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 23 to December 2.

This year, two teams – The Karachians and Northern Warriors – have been added to the list and will join Kerala Kings, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Rajputs and Pakhtoons to fight it out in the second season of T10 League.

Last year’s champions Kerala Kings have picked up top players Chris Gale, Junaid Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tom Curran, Fabian Allen, Niroshan Dickwella, Benny Howell, as well as Imran Nazir.

Players such as Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Luke Ronchi, Muhammad Sami, Zahir Khan, Umar Akmal, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tom Moores, Anwar Ali, Jade Dernbach and Hassan Khan have been selected by Punjabi Legends, last year’s runners’ up.

Bengal Tigers have picked up Morne Morkel, Aamir Yamin, Mohammed Nabi, Kusal Perera, Sherfane Rutherford, Kevon Cooper, Dan Christian, Ali Khan and Rayad Emrit from the draft while Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Asif Ali have previously been selected by the team.

Maratha Arabians, led by the Afghan sensation Rashid Khan, have picked up Alex Hales, Kamran Akmal, James Faulkner, Lasith Malinga, James Vince, Liam Livingstone, Brendan Taylor, Adam Lyth, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Najibullah Zadran and Richard Gleeson.

Pakhtoon picked up Liam Dawson, Mohammed Irfan, David Willy, Colin Munroe, Andre Fletcher, Sohail Khan, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Chadwick Walton, Shahpur Zadran, Cameron Delport and Gulbadin Naib while Rajputs chose Mohammed Hafeez, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammed Shahzad, Tymal Mills, Carlos Brathwaite, Rahat Ali, Samit Patel, Qais Ahmad, Ben Dunks, Peter Trego and Shan Masood.

Among the newcomers, the Karachians picked up Jofra Archer, Thisara Perera, Ben Cutting, Muhammad Nawaz, David Malan, Fawad Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Joe Clarke, Samiullah Shenwari and Muhammed Irfan Jr while Northern Warriors chose Ravi Bopara, Rovman Powell, Harry Gurney, Chris Green, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Kharry Pierre and Kennar Lewis from the draft to be added to Dwayne Smith, Nicholas Pooran.

T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league that has been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC), was born in the UAE in 2017.

Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, chairman of the T10 League, said: “The Players’ Draft has been an out and out success, with a wider participation of players from all over the world. In addition to the reputed senior star cricketers, the draft also witnessed bids for some of the most sought after young players who have great potential to contribute to the game of cricket.

“The participation of cricketing legends Wasim Akram, Shahid Afridi, Herschelle Gibbs, Darren Sammy, Daniel Vittori, Stephen Flemming, Robin Singh and Dean Jones were added attraction that reflects the growing popularity and acceptance of the ten-over format cricket.

“The team owners are happy with their selection of players and we are looking forward to an exciting star-studded tournament in November and December this year.”

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