Abu Dhabi T10, the world’s only ten-over international cricket event sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), will be back for its fourth season from 28th January to 6th February 2021. The second edition will be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The eight teams which fought fiercely for 2019 honours are all confirmed to return. The sides are; Team Abu Dhabi, Maratha Arabians, Bangla Tigers, Deccan Gladiators, Qalandars, Delhi Bulls, Northern Warriors, and; the Karnataka Tuskers has rebranded and will be known as Pune Devils.
The Defending Champions Maratha Arabians is co-owned by Parvez Khan (Chairman – Pacific Ventures & Pacific Sports Club), Rajzu Iyer and Anurag Maheshwari, while the 2019 runners up , – Deccan Gladiators, is owned by Indian tycoon Gaurav Grover. Team Abu Dhabi is wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Cricket and governed by Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Bangladeshi businessmen Yasin Chowdhury and Sirajuddin Alam own the Bangla Tigers, Qalandars is owned by Atif Rana, Sameen Rana, Salim Rafiq Ahmed and Choudry Umer Hussain, R Neelesh Bhatnagar (Owner of NB ventures) owns the Delhi Bulls franchise, Northern Warriors is owned by businessmen Shabaz Elias, Mohomed Morani, Nader Adam Ali, Zunaid Aziz Moti and Osman Ali Osman and Pune Devils is led by Parag Sanghvi and Krishan Kumar.
Parvez Khan, Co-owner, Maratha Arabians, said “Our team is committed to defend the Abu Dhabi T10 title and make history by becoming the first side to win the tournament back to back. We have a fantastic team and I am certain everyone will give their best to bring the trophy home again.”
Shaji Ul Mulk, Founder and Chairman, T10 Sports Management (TSM), said “We are thrilled that our team owners have decided to return for another season of Abu Dhabi T10. This multi-year commitment illustrates the confidence the team owners have in the fast-paced ten-over format. Our team at TSM, led by our Director for Strategy & Development Haroon Lorgat, have done a spectacular job bringing our partners together and ensuring a cohesive ownership platform to propel us forwards to our best ever event.”
Matt Boucher, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Cricket, said “The return of all the team ownership groups is fantastic news. The owners are the bedrock of the Abu Dhabi T10; their continued support and commitment to the event provides all our public and private stakeholders in Abu Dhabi with the platform to build a stronger annual product. Our thanks to Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi for their vision to include world-class cricket as a priority delivery within the destination events calendar.”
The fast-action Abu Dhabi T10 ensures a complete cricket match can be played in 90 minutes – the same duration as a football game. Its popularity is underlined by the enthusiastic participation of some of the most bankable names in world cricket.
Abu Dhabi T10 is the world’s only ten-over cricket tournament officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). It is the first ever internationally approved ten-over format competition. The second edition of Abu Dhabi T10 will be held from 28th January – 06th February 2020. Abu Dhabi T10 is a UAE home-grown formal cricket league that has now become a globally accepted cricket format. Matches have 10-over-a-side format and duration of 45 minutes a side totalling 90 minutes of play. The tournament is played over ten days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final. The Abu Dhabi T10 tournament is a short, high energy format loved by global audiences and international cricket stars alike.