DUBAI: Organisers of the revolutionary T10 Cricket League have announced the 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.
On the other hand, Team Sri Lanka from the previous edition, which is owned by Vijay Vyas and Kashif Shehzad, has been rebranded as Team Rajasthani Heroes
With two new teams added, it will be an eight-team competition which will be 10-days long and expected to be more exciting than the inaugural edition of the league.
“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.
Chairman T10 League, Shaji Ul Mulk 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 and you can already see the interest grow with two new teams on board this year. If the interest continues to grow at this rate, we might even take cricket to the Olympics,” Shaji Ul Mulk told.
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.
The T10 league, like the Pakistan Super League, is a franchise-based tournament but features the 10-over format of the game.
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.