T10 League ’18: 2nd Edition Announced; Sanctioned By ICC

DUBAI: Finally, the cloud of uncertainty was lifted when the organizers announced that the 2nd edition of the T10 League, would be held with sanction from ICC – International Cricket Council (ICC) and ECB – Emirates Cricket Board.

The 2018 version of T10 League, the world’s first 10-over international professional cricket league would be played under an expanded version with more matches and more teams at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 23 to December 2, 2018.

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The 8 participating teams included:

  • Bengal Tigers
  • Kerala Kings
  • Maratha Arabian
  • Northern Warriors
  • Pakhtoons
  • Punjab Legends
  • Rajputs
  • The Karachians

For 2018 season two new teams – The Karachians and Northern Warriors have been included.

Scheduled to start from November 23 and spread over 10 days, will have 29 matches as compared to a 4-day event in 2017. To meet this new challenge and also to keep the event clean, the T10 League management has made many positive changes to bolster the execution and operations of the 2018 T10 League tournament.

The T10 League, management said, “The first edition of the T10 League in 2017 was a great experience of launching a completely new concept of 90 minutes cricket. We made sure all the key areas were covered and the event was executed successfully. Elaborated that the anti-corruption, anti-doping and umpires have been out sourced to ICC and their approved agencies.

Further, the following changes have been incorporated:

  • A new CEO with experience of holding a CEO position of an IPL Franchisee will be shortly appointed.
  • Formed a New Governing council with representatives from Emirates Cricket Board.
  • Appointed the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit to handle the anti-corruption and awarded ICC approved agency for anti-doping checks.
  • Umpires to be appointed from the ICC panel.
  • Appointed global auditing firm Ernst and Young as external auditors.
  • Appointed Roshan Mahanama as Head of Technical committee to ensure compliance to all ICC codes and regulations.
  • Appointed Wasim Akram as Director of Talent Hunt programme
  • Appointed Shahid Afridi, Brendon McCullum and Virendar Sehwag as League icons.
  • Players will not be invited to parties to eliminate the chances of questionable elements approaching players in such places.

Saadullah Khan, Partner of the T10 League, said, “The challenges in 2017 was to execute an all-new format of T10 cricket and run the league in professional manner bringing in high quality of cricket and exciting entertainment. This was done with remarkable success.

David East, CEO of Emirates Cricket Board, said, “The first edition of T10 League last year was the start of a very exciting new format that attracted audiences around the globe. The innovation that the T10 management is showing for the second edition bodes well for an event to surpass the outstanding display we saw last year.”

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