DUBAI: Organisers of the revolutionary T10 Cricket League have announced inclusion of two more teams to the massively successful league’s second edition, ARY News reported on Wednesday.
During a press conference in Dubai, T10 League’s Chairman Shaji Ul Mulk and President Salman Iqbal announced the inclusion of two more teams to the league’s 2018 edition which will be held in UAE in the month of November.
The two teams, namely Karachians and Northern warriors, will join the six teams who played the first edition of the revolutionary league.
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The league’s inaugural edition was held last year in a four-day tournament, but this year, the excitement will continue for six more days as the matches will be spread out over a 10-day competition.
“We have increased the number of games on demand of the league’s fans,” CEO ARY Digital Network and President T10 League Salman Iqbal told media.
He was of the view that they (the organisers) faced challenges when they launched the league last year but the league has “proven itself” in just one year.
“In just one year, T10 has proven itself. If the interest continues to grow at this rate, we might even take cricket to the Olympics,” said Salman Iqbal, who also owns PSL franchise Karachi Kings.
Citing examples of cricketing legends Javed Miandad, Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, Salman Iqbal said that cricketing stars in the subcontinent are born out of street cricket, which has a 10-over format.
Other than inclusion of Karachians and Northern Warriors, the 2018 edition will also see rebranding of team Sri Lanka as Rajasthani Heroes. The franchise will be allowed to include players from all over the world.
The T10 league, like the Pakistan Super League, is a franchise-based tournament but features the 10-over format of the game.
It is the first internationally-approved league with a 10-over format that was launched by Chairman Shaji Ul Mulk, Founder of Mulk Holdings, and President Salman Iqbal, founder and CEO of ARY Digital Network.
About the two new teams
Karachians is owned by Muhammad Imran Amin, Muhammad Ali Ahmed and Mohsin Imran.
“The city of lights is ready to battle its way into the T10 Cricket League,” said Mohsin Imran about Pakistan’s port city Karachi.
Northern Warriors is owned by Shahbaz Ilyas, Mohammed Morani and Lucky Morani say they are excited to see the league grow.
“I was part of the league last year and it went well. This year, they’ve added two new teams and we the Northern Warriors are very happy to be one of the new teams. We look forward to a bigger and more happening league this year,” said Mohammed Morani.
This year’s edition will begin in November with eight teams competing in exciting 10-over matches.
The teams are Kerala Kings, Maratha Arabians, Pakhtoon Team, Punjabi Legends, Bengal Tigers, Northern Warriors, Rajasthani Heroes and Karachians.
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