Afridi, Morgan to spearhead T10 revolution in UAE

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

The ten-over-a-side matches will unfold over 90 minutes (45 minute either side) in Sharjah, the main points of which have been introduced right here on Tuesday.

Twenty20 cricket was launched in England in 2003 whereas the primary worldwide Twenty20 match was held between Australia and New Zealand at Auckland in February 2005.

Since then the shortest format — the opposite two are five-day Exams and 50-over internationals — has change into the most well-liked amongst the followers world wide.

The league’s president Salman Iqbal hoped the thought will kick off.

“Everybody has performed T-10 cricket on the streets and this may give extra fireplace to cricket and shall be an enormous step ahead and other people will certainly get pleasure from it,” mentioned Iqbal.

The event shall be as swift because the format, lasting simply 4 days from 21-24 December with former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan additionally that includes.

Afridi, who retired from worldwide cricket final 12 months mentioned he was thrilled on the concept.

“Once I was informed of the thought I used to be thrilled and requested that I wish to play,” mentioned Afridi, well-known as Growth Growth for his huge hitting.

England’s present one-day and Twenty20 captain Morgan was assured that T-10 cricket will have an effect.

“The entire idea is thrilling,” mentioned Morgan. “All of us keep in mind when the primary time Twenty20 cricket was performed and since then it (twenty20) has impacted the opposite codecs.

“If this new concept takes off then I’m positive it can additionally impression the opposite types of the sport.”

The 4 groups shall be chosen by a drafts later this month.

Misbah mentioned the brand new codecs shall be straightforward for ageing gamers as properly.

“Its an thrilling concept and factor for gamers like me,” mentioned 43-year-old Misbah who retired in Could this 12 months. “It is going to want simply ten overs of batting after which fielding and at this age I can afford that.”

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