The second edition of T10 league is scheduled to be held in November and December in the UAE. Since this league was announced last year there has been a criticism worldwide that this type of league will kill ODI and Test cricket.
But last year was a huge success and fans loved the entertainment value it brought to them. The 2018 edition scheduled to start from November 23 and spread over 10 days will have 29 matches as compared to the 2017, 4-day event.
The Players’ Draft was conducted at the V Hotel in Al Habtoor City until late evening on Monday. The upcoming league received a thumbs up from some of the past greats of the game like Wasim Akram, Daniel Vettori, Darren Sammy, Dean Jones and Robin Singh.
Asked about the future of T10, Akram said: “I was there last time in Sharjah and the stadium was full for four days. It was a different ballgame, it was so quick there was no time to even breath as a batsman or even think. This is one of those formats where bowlers can get paid to get hit. It is fun.”
Former Australian great Jones was asked whether five-over tournaments will be the next in-thing. “I don’t think it will get any lower. In a way, I am starting to think that bowlers are going to get smarter in cricket. So far batsmen only used to get ahead of the bowlers. The best offensive teams in T20 teams win in also 50-over cricket, so I think the same will be in T10 cricket. You need to field and take the right catches. This might be the format that will do well in the United States and Canada. I am hoping T10 could be the right format for even the Olympics, ” he said.
Sammy, the icon player of Northern Warriors team, loves the T10 format. “It is entertaining and cricket should be entertaining. Earlier it was T20 that brought in entertainment. This format is another opportunity to bring more fans into the game. It is hard on the bowlers but it brings a lot of excitement to the fans. Fans come to watch and get entertained and hopefully it will bring more new fans into the game.”
Robin Singh, coach of the Northern Warriors, said: “Last year I was involved with the champion team. It was very different. The first thing I thought when T20 came is that it will get more runs. Teams were scoring over 200 runs and with this format, runs are scored even faster.”