The fifth edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League is going to be held between 19 November to 2 December 2021. This time the tournament is going to play for 15 days as in the last season the matches are played for 10 days from January 28 to February 06. In the fourth edition, Northern Warriors becomes the second times Abu Dhabi T10 champions. Northern Warriors wins their second title by beating Delhi Bulls in the Final at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Therefore, Abu Dhabi T10 Cricket League is the shortest format of cricket that got sanctioned by the International Cricket Council. The League is first introduced in 2017 and founded by Shaji Ul Mulk. However, the tournament is completed its 4 seasons and the league is played for 90 minutes. So, let’s look to the game format, rules, some facts and the team that are playing this season.
Abu Dhabi T10 League- Format and Rules
Format of the game
In the tournament, the eight teams are participating. So, the eight teams are divided into 2 groups (Group A and Group B). Both groups consist of 4 teams, therefore, each team in the Group has to play three matches in total. After completing their group stage round they will play in the Super League round. Therefore, during this round, they will be competing with other group teams to reach in playoffs. The two teams will be playing in the qualifier rounds and th team that wins in the Qualifier will be going to the final match of the T10 cricket league.
After that, the losing team of the Qualifier round will be playing against the Eliminator round winner. The Eliminator round is played between the team places in third and fourth position. Therefore, the match between Eliminator round winner and qualifier round loser will decide the second finalist of the League.
Rules of the game
Abu Dhabi T10 cricket League is the shortest form of cricket followed by T20 cricket in the world. Although th t10 cricket is the same as other cricket tournaments due to its shorter format there are some different rules.
1. The game is played 10 overs a side which means it consists of only 60 balls for each team. Therefore, the batsman without setting down himself he needs to start hitting from the first ball of the innings.
2. In the League, bowlers will get to the ball only 2 overs (12 balls) which means the bowler has little time to test his bowling variations. So, the bowler needs to get prepared before the game against the batsman.
3. The powerplay in this tournament, is provided for 3 overs during the 10 overs match. In the very first two over powerplays, the Feilding side can only place two fielders outside the 30-yard, which means the batsman can hit big boundaries as much as he can. An in the third over powerplay the fielding side can place their five fielders outside the circle. This powerplay is can be taken between the third to ninth over in the innings.
Some of the facts about the Abu Dhabi T10 League:
1. Abu Dhabi T10 is the only tournament that got permission from ICC
In the world, there are a lot of T10 cricket leagues that are played but none of them is got officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council. Therefore, Abu Dhabi T10 cricket League is the only tournament among all that has got officially sanctioned by ICC, the governing body of world cricket.
2. Every team in the League has one T20 World Cup winner
In the Abu Dhabi T10 cricket, eight teams are participating in this League to win this prestigious title. Therefore, in each team, there is one player that wins T20 World Cup. Like Dwayne Bravo in Delhi Bulls, Shahid Afridi in Qalandars, Chris Gayle in Team Abu Dhabi, Thisara Perera in Pune Devils.
3. Youngest player in the League
The youngest player in the tournament is 15 years old Maroof Merchant. He is the rising cricketer of the United Arab Emirates plays as an allrounder. So, Maroof is the youngest cricketer to be part of the Abu Dhabi T10 League. The defending champions Maratha Arabians brought him in the squad on the 2020 draft. Therefore, Maroof will be playing with the most experienced cricketer like Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez.
4. Oldest cricketer in the League
The Oldest cricketer in the League is 49 years old Indian cricketer Pravin Tambe. He is playing with the 2019 champions Maratha Arabians. The old gun still has many crickets on him to contribute and also can help the team with his immense cricketing experience as he plays in many different and big leagues in the world. However, Maratha Arabians have the both youngest and oldest player in the league on their squad.
5. The youngest team in the league
In the T10 cricket league, one team has the youngest squad than the other team’s squad according to their age. So, Bengal Tigers is the team that has the most number of youngsters in their squad although there are veteran players like Andre Fletcher, Johnson Charles. Tigers squad who have players average age of 25 years.
6. Cricketers from different countries
In Abu Dhabi T10 League there are players from 14 different countries participating in the tournament. This league is one of the highest numbers of participants from different countries from around the world. The star cricketers from 14 countries around the world come to participate in the T10 cricket league. Players from countries like the USA, Nepal, Ireland, Oman, UAE and many more.
7. One of the fastest bowlers in the World
The former West Indies cricketer Fidel Edwards is one of the fastest bowlers in the world after players like Shoaib Akhtar, Shaun Tait, Brett Lee, etc. He is seven on the list of fastest bowlers in the world of cricket. Edwards can ball with a speed of 157.7 kph (97.9 mph). So, he is part of the Abu Dhabi T10 cricket League playing with Bengal Tigers. Therefore, the gun pacer can create a lot of problems for the opponent batsman due to his speed.
The team that are playing this season
1. Bengal Tigers
Batsman- Adam Hose, Chirag Suri, Tom Moores (wk), Rameez Shahzad, Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher (wk) (c)
Bowlers- Noor Ahmad, George Garton, Qais Ahmad, Mohammad Irfan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karim Janat, Matheesha Pathirana and Fazaihaq Farooqi
Allrounder- Isuru Udana, Aryan Lakra, David Wiese, Afif Hossain and Mahedi Hasan.
2. Deccan Gladiators
Batsman- Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Prashant Gupta, Azam Khan (wk), Hafeez ur Rehman, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Colin Ingram and Hamdan Tahir (wk).
Bowlers- Ravi Rampaul, Anwar Ali, Zeeshan Zameer, Imran Tahir, Zahoor Khan, Sunil Narine, Aaron Summers, Yasir Kaleem, Lahiru Kumara and Sunil Narine.
Allrounders- Wanindu Hasaranga, Kieron Pollard (c), Sharafuddin Ashraf and Cameron Delport.
3. Pune Devils
Batsman- David Malan, Asif Khan, Alex Davies, Monir Hossain, Chamara Kapugedera, Kennar Lewis, Devon Thomas, Mohammad Boota, Dinesh Kumar, Tom Kohler- Cadmore, Kennar Lewis, Darwish Rasooli, Sam Billings (wk), Chadwick Walton (wk) and Vritiya Aravind
Bowlers- Munis Ansari, Hardus Viljoen, Mohammad Amir, Karan KC and Ajanta Mendis
Allrounders- Nasir Hossain (c), Ahmed Raza, Malinda Pushpakumara, Sam Wisniewski and Thisara Perera.
4. Maratha Arabians
Batsman- Abdul Shakoor (wk), Ajmad Gul Khan, Syed Haider Shah, Ravinderpal Singh and Laurie Evans
Bowlers- Ishan Malhotra, Muktar Ali, Pravin Tambe, Maroof Merchant, Kevin Koththigoda, Sompal Kami, Taksin Ahmed and Yamin Ahmadzai.
Allrounders- Mosaddek Hossain (c), Sohag Gazi, Javed Ahmadi, Shoaib Malik, Alishan Sharafu and Mohammad Hafeez.
5. Northern Warriors
Batsman- Lendl Simmons, Ansh Tandon, Nicholas Pooran (wk) (c), Waseem Muhammad, Kjorn Ottley, Rovman Powell, Waheed Ahmed (wk) and Brandon King.
Bowlers- Aamer Yamin, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Siddique, Sujeet Parbatani, Nuwan Pradeep and Mahesh Theekshana.
Allrounders- Rayad Emrit, Wayne Parnell, Fabian Allen and Dhananjaya Lakshan.
6. Team Abu Dhabi
Batsman- Alex Hales, Chris Gayle, Joe Clarke (wk), Avishka Fernando, Ben Duckett, Najibullah Zadran, Ben Cox (wk) and Leonardo Julien
Bowlers- Naveen-ul-Haq, Hayden Walsh, Karthik Meiyappan, Usman Shinwari, Tom Helm and Obed McCoy.
Allrounders- Luke Wright (c), Kushal Malla, Paul Stirling, Jamie Overton Rohan Mustafa and Chris Morris.
7. Delhi Bulls
Batsman- Adam Lyth, Rahmanullag Gurbaz (wk), Evin Lewis and Khalid Shah
Bowlers- Ali Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Nyeem Young, Shiraz Ahmed, Fidel Edwards, Waqar Salamkheil and Waqas Maqsood
Allrounders- Ravi Bopara, Dwayne Bravo (c), Dasun Shanaka, Mohammad Nabi, Amad Butt, Tom Bell, Kashif Daud and Sherfane Rutherford.
Batsman- Sharjeel Khan, Sultan Ahmed, Ben Dunk (wk), Asif Ali, Tom Banton (wk), Philip Salt and Zeeshan Ashraf.
Bowlers- Sohail Tanvir, Ali Khan, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Taha, Maaz Khan, Hasan Ali, Ahmed Daniyal, Azmatullah Omarzai and Kurshid Anwar.
Allrounders- Samit Patel, Umaid Asif, Sohail Akhtar (c), Shahid Afridi and Fayyaz Ahmed.