T-10 will be a completely new format of the gentleman’s game, which will be played at international level by the international stars. Actually, the format T-10 will be having its official commencement with the League titled ‘T-10 Cricket League’. The league which is all set to introduce a new format of the game has all the excitement a cricket enthusiast actually look out for.
|In Urdu:||ٹی-10 لیگ|
|Date:||14th december 2017|
|End:||17th december 2017|
|Time:||According to UAE Timing|
|Team names:||Maratha Arabians ,Punjabi Legends, Pakhtoons, Bangal Tigers ,Colombo Lions, Kerala Kings|
|Owners of Colombo lions:||Sri Lanka Cricket|
|Top player of Colombo lion:||Dinesh Chandimal|
|Owners of Pakhtoon:||Habib Khan and Tajuddin Khan|
|Top Player of Pakhtoon:||Shahid Afridi|
|Owners of Punjabi legends:||Inzamam-ul-Haq and Intizar-ul-Haq|
|Top player of Punjabi legend:||Misbah ul Haq|
|Owners of Maratha Arabians:||Pervez Khan, Sohail Khan and Ali Tumbi|
|Top Player of M.A:||Virender Sehwag|
|Owners of Bengal tigers:||Shirajuddin Alam, Yasir Choudhary, and Neelesh Bhatnagar|
|Top player of Bengal tigers:||Sarfaraz Ahmed|
|Owner of Kerala Kings:||Hussain Adam Ali Shafi Ul Mulk|
|Top player of Kerala kings:||Eoin Morgan|
|Owner:||The President and CEO of ARY Digital Network, Salman Iqbal|
Origin of T-10 format
While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) proposed Future Tours Programme (FTP) which has triggered fresh debate over the future of long-form cricket.There’s non stopping innovations in game’s shortest format. Almost a decade after the inaugural of World T-20 followed by the Indian Premier League (IPL), changed the idiom of cricket consumption globally, the gentleman’s game is set for another trimming. T-10 Cricket League, a franchise-based, ten over a side event could be the latest game changer, with some, like England’s limited-over skipper Eoin Morgan, believing it to be ideal for Olympics.
A unique Cricket fair
Chairman of the T10 Cricket League 2017, Shaji Ul Mulk, while speaking to Gulf News said he is expecting to create a new benchmark in the annals of cricket.
“We want the cricket to be serious and keenly contested and hence resisted all temptations to experiment with fancy rules. We tried to stay close to the T-20 rules and the changes that have been made have come by default. When you half the T-20 game, rules will change. In T-20 bowlers are permitted four overs and in this only two overs. We want people to like what they are used to.For example, there was a suggestion to make T-10 with only 10 players, we were tempted but we did not want to do it because cricket is a 11-players’ game and we did not want to reduce it.”
Date of commencement
This unique cricket fair is set to be held from December 14 to 17 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The President and CEO of ARY Digital Network, Salman Iqbal is the president and partner of the T10 League. It will be worth mentioning here that Iqbal is also the owner of the PSL team Karachi Kings.. On the inaugration ceremony of T-10 league, Salman iqbal said that” Everyone has played T-10 cricket on the streets and this will give more fire to cricket. He also added that this format would proved to be more tricky towards batsmen as well as bowlers. it will be big step forward and people will definitely enjoy it”.
Rules of T-10 matches
The thing which makes cricket fans more enthusiastic about this new format is that it will rain sixes and fours, which makes it even a better version than the T20 format. Rules of play for the first ever T10 Cricket League scheduled to start on Dec. 14 at the Sharjah Stadium are finalised during the Team Owners’ and Directors meeting held at Capital Club, DIFC, Dubai.
- Under these rules player replacement is permitted only for a player who is unavailable for the entire league due to unavoidable reasons. The replacement player can be selected from the list of unpicked players at the draft, either from the same category or from the lower category as per the original player list.
- The team owners also confirmed that all matches shall be played with white Kookaburra Turf Balls following some concerns expressed over the use of a pink ball under the light and keeping in mind the bright colours of the uniforms of the six teams taking part.
The Owners also restated the basic rules for the games.
- The duration will be a maximum of 10 overs per side with each bowler allowed to bowl no more than two overs in an innings.
- For a result, in case of interruption, a minimum of 5 overs shall be bowled for each innings.
- In case of rain, the outcome of the match shall be derived using the DLS method.
- MCC Laws of Cricket 2017 shall be adopted with relevant playing conditions applicable for the T10 League and details will be forthcoming.
- In case of a tie, the result of the match shall be decided by a Super Over.
- There will be two points for a win and 1 point to each side in case of a draw with zero points for a loss.
The Owners and Directors also decided that they will soon be circulating the ICC Anti Corruption and ICC Anti Doping Codes. In addition, they intend to have education sessions on Playing Conditions.
The T-10 Cricket League will be played between December 14 and 17 with the six sides facing off in a round-round cum knock-out format. The six teams in action in the T-10 Cricket League are:
- Maratha Arabians
- Colombo Lions
- Kerala Kings
- Bengal Tigers
- Punjabi Legends
The six teams have been divided into two groups of three:
|Group A||Group B|
|Bengal Tigers||Maratha Arabians|
|Punjabi Legends||Colombo Lions|
- Each side will play two games in the group stage of the tournament to get themselves ranked before the second round will see the top team from Group A face the third-placed Group B side.
- Second-ranked teams from Group A and B face off and then the third-placed Group A team take on the top Group B side.
- At the end, the teams placed fifth and sixth will face off for wooden spoon T
- The knock-outs will consist of two semi-finals and the final between the top four sides.
T-10 Cricket League Schedule 2017
|Date||T10 Cricket Schedule|
|Bengal Tigers vs Kerala Kings|
|Maratha Arabians vs Pakhtoon|
|15-Dec-17||Bengal Tigers vs Punjabi Legends|
|Maratha Arabians vs Team Sri Lankan Cricket|
|Punjabi Legends vs Kerala Kings|
|Pakhtoon vs Team Sri Lankan Cricket|
|16-Dec-17||Team 1 (Group A) vs Team 3 (Group B)|
|Team 3 (Group A) vs Team 1 (Group B)|
|Team 2 (Group A) vs Team 2 (Group B)|
|17-Dec-17||Semi Final 1 – Team 1 vs Team 4|
|Semi Final 2 – Team 2 vs Team 3|
T-10 Cricket League Squad
The six teams that will participate in the T-10 tournament consists of 11 players in each team. Details are given underneath:
Maratha Arabians Squad for T10 Cricket League
Leading Player: Virender Sehwag
Squad: Muhammad Amir, Imad Wasim, Alex Hales, Muhammad Sami, Lendl Simmons, Imad Wasim, Kumar Sangakkara, Shaiman Anwar.
Punjabi Legends Squad for T10 Cricket League
Leading Player: Shoaib Malik
Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq, Carlos Brathwaite, Hassan Ali, Umar Akmal, Chris Jordan, Carlos Brathwaite, Luke Ronchi, Adil Rashid, Shareef Asadullah, Ghulam Shabber.
Colombo Lions Squad for T10 Cricket League
Leading Player: Dinesh Chandimal
Squad: Thisara Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dilshan Munaweera, Kithruwan Vithanage, Nipun Karunanayake, Angelo Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Wanidu Hasaranga, Kasun Madushanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishva Fernando, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeffery Vandasay, Alankara Asanka, Angelo Jayasinghe
Pakhtoons Squad for T10 Cricket League
Leading Player: Shahid Afridi
Squad: Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal, Dwayne Smith. Ahmad Shahzad, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Irfan, Amjad Javed, Saqlain Haider.
Kerala Kings Squad for T10 Cricket League
Leading Player: Eoin Morgan
Squad: Keiron Pollard, Sohail Tanveer, Wahab Riaz, Shakib Al Hasan, Liam Plunkett, Rohan Mustafa, Imran Haider.
Bengal Tigers Squad for T10 Cricket League
Leading Player: Sarfraz Ahmed
Squad: Sunil Narine, Mustafizur Rahman, Darren Sammy, Rumman Raees, Andre Fletcher, Muhammed Naveed, Rameez Shahzad.
Broadcasting of T-10 tournament
Following are the broadcasters of T-10 tournament live from Sharjah stadium:
|Pakistan||Ten Sports & GEO TV|
|North Africa & Middle East||OSN Cricket|
|USA, UK||ARY Digital Network|
Incentive for winners
To cater these international stars and boost the league’s reputation around the globe, T-10 Cricket League will be giving away multi-million studio apartments for top performers. Ali Tumbi’s Aqua Properties have announced to present Dh 500,000 (roughly Rs. 15 million) worth of a studio apartment to anyone who scores a century in a T10 match. Moreover, luxury Hublot Rolex standard watch, worth nearly Rs. 4.6 million will be given to all half-century makers. This is indeed a great incentive for all the players looking to join the league for next year.