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World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan signs up for Abu Dhabi T10

Morgan joins Malik, Sammy, Malinga, Watson and Bravo at November event

World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan signs up for Abu Dhabi T10
England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan

England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan has signed up for the third season of the Abu Dhabi T10.

Morgan will form part of a formidable line-up of international superstars in the draft, including Pakistani favourite Shoaib Malik; West Indies captain Darren Sammy; Sri Lankan duo Angelo Matthews and fast-bowler Lasith Malinga; Australian favourites Shane Watson and Cameron White; Afghanistan’s big-hitting Mohammad Shahzad; and West Indians Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo

Morgan, who skippered England to glory last month, said: “I heard from a lot of parents that this year’s (ICC Cricket World Cup) was the first one they could enjoy with their sons or daughters. Kids are discovering the joy of cricket all over again.

“Well, the T10 is brilliant for bringing kids and first-time fans into the stadium, where you’ve got all the stars, all the action and all the glamour you could hope for. It’s just brilliant for the future of cricket all around.”

The eight teams - Kerala Knights, Bengal Tigers, Northern Warriors, Pakhtoon, Deccan Gladiators, Punjabi Legends, Maratha Arabians and Rajput - are readying themselves for the draft, which is slated for mid-September.

The breakthrough 10-over format boils down all of the cricket tactics and drama into 60 balls per side and 90 minutes of action. This fan-friendly version of cricket is the brainchild of T10 Sports Management Group founder and chairman, Shaji Ul Mulk.

“The game is changing as evidenced by the phenomenal success of T20,” said Shaji Ul Mulk. “This recent (ICC Cricket) World Cup was also the most-watched ever. However, in order to continue to grow, it’s critical to showcase the best stars on big stages outside India, England and Australia, where it is already hugely popular.

“That’s why partnering with the Government of Abu Dhabi to host T10 on a long-term basis is a natural win-win for everybody who will now get to experience unparalleled cricket action in a truly unforgettable atmosphere.”

Even more players and big-names are set to be announced in the lead up to the draft event next month. The tournament takes place at Zayed Cricket Stadium from November 15 to 24.