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T10 Can be Catalyst for Global Growth of Cricket: Zaheer Khan

Currently, only a handful of countries across the world play cricket at the international level. However, with the advent of T20 format, more and more nations are now participating in the competition and a huge pool of young talent is coming across.

IANS |November 16, 2019, 1:45 PM IST
T10 Can be Catalyst for Global Growth of Cricket: Zaheer Khan

Former India pacer Zaheer Khan feels T10 is a great format which can help in making the game of cricket a global sport.

Currently, only a handful of countries across the world play cricket at the international level. However, with the advent of T20 format, more and more nations are now participating in the competition and a huge pool of young talent is coming across.

"Every format of cricket has its own place and fan following. This is the third year of the T10 league and it's growing every year. So, this format in my understanding can work as a catalyst for the global growth of the sport," Zaheer, who plays for Delhi Bulls franchise in the Abu Dhabi T10 league, told IANS.

The Abu Dhabi T10 is a professional ten-over format cricket league launched by T10 Sports Management and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board and approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body of international cricket.

Matches have 10-over-a-side format and duration of 45 minutes a side, totalling 90 minutes of play. The tournament, approved by the ICC in August 2018, is played over ten days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final.

"It's a great thing that this property of T10 is doing great and all the stakeholders associated with it are working in the right direction," Zaheer said.

"It is a global tournament and there are opportunities for all the players to take part in it. There's a process which is followed by the league committee and players registered under that. It's one of the unique leagues where there's no such restriction on the number of players from a particular country. This is a good opportunity for UAE cricket and the youngsters over here to showcase their talent," he added.

This year, no Pakistani players are featuring in the league because the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revoked the eno objection certificate' it gave to its contracted players. Retired star Pakistani players like Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir were expected to take part in the third installment of the league. However, their absence has somewhat disappointed the fans who turn up in large numbers to see them play.

For Delhi Bulls, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Hasnain and Aamer Yamin are the players who are no participating this year. However, the team management is not affected by their absence and insists on having a great balance in the squad.

"I am very happy with the replacements that we have got for the Pakistani players. We have got Angelo Mathews for Shoaib Malik, Ravi Rampaul for Aamer Yamin, David Willey for Sohail Tanvir and Dushmantha Chameera for Mohammad Hasnain," team owner Anis Sajan said.

"So, I cannot complain. I have got like for like replacements."

And it surely didn't feel like Bulls missed any of the Pakistani players as Eoin Morgan led from the front to guide them to a comfortable nine-wicket win over Deccan Gladiators in their first match of the Abu Dhabi T10 Season 3 at the Zayed Cricket stadium on Friday evening.

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2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 England 4366 104
4 South Africa 3177 102
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
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2 Australia 6986 269
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4 South Africa 4720 262
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