The inaugural T10 Cricket League, which has attracted top international cricketers including Eoin Morgan and Shahid Afridi, has been brought forward by one week and will now be held between December 14 to 17.
The league was originally scheduled for December 21 to 24 but will now be played earlier at Sharjah Cricket Stadium to give players’ ample time to prepare for the Big Bash League and international tours.
Pakistan Cricket Board announced last week that their top players will be available for selection but wanted them back in time for a training camp ahead of their visit to New Zealand early next year.
“We have done this to accommodate the bigger pool of players because the Pakistan team is travelling to New Zealand on the 27th December,” Shaji Ul-Mulk, chairman of the T10 Cricket League, told Sport360°.
“They have a camp and will get ready on the 20th. We were advised by the Pakistan Cricket Board into looking into the possibility of moving the dates and we were able to do that. It will also allow players, who are competing in the Big Bash League, which starts from 19th December, to play in the T10 Cricket League as well.”
Although it’s a new format that will see around 70 elite cricketers – including Chris Gayle and Virender Sehwag play in 10-overs-a-side matches, which will last 90 minutes each, there has been no shortage of interest.
— T10 Cricket League (@ttencricketuae) October 20, 2017
The six franchises – Punjabi Legends, Pakhtoons, Maratha Arabians, Bangla Tigers, Colombo Lions and Kerala Kings were all announced during the glittering launch ceremony in Dubai earlier this month.
With the new tournament dates now in place, Ul-Mulk revealed that the player draft will now take place on Saturday November 5 in Dubai.
He also confirmed that tickets will be on sale from November 1.
“Tickets will be on sale in different outlets and will be starting from Dh20,” he said. “We want to make the cricket games affordable for people to watch.”
Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy’s Chief Mentor and Brand Ambassador Ravichandran Ashwin officially launched the academy open on his visit to Dubai and Kings’ School on Thursday October 19.
Ashwin is the brand ambassador and chief mentor for the Gen-Next Kings Cricket Academy and will be personally involved in imparting his expertise to budding cricketers several times a year at Kings’ School.
Ashwin said:“I am extremely delighted with the launch of Gen-Next Kings’ academy in Dubai. This partnership is definitely going to contribute to continuous improvement in coaching techniques with a flavour of innovation and drive to excel. Further this would open the door for the budding youngsters to be inspired by the current playing cricketers apart from learning the tricks of the trade and lessons the hard way.”
The academy has been in operation from September 15 under the able leadership of Director of Cricket, Kobus Olivier who commented: “The partnership between Kings’ and Ashwin’s Gen-Next coaches is a special one. It only brings together the leaders in their respective fields, but is a marriage of aspirations. Kings’ is about producing balanced, talented, well-rounded and disciplined students. Ashwin is fully invested in coaching and making an impact on every child, as a father himself, he has a special connection with children.”
Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy within their first month of operation serves over 50 boys and girls ranging from the age of 4 to 16 in the Evolve, Vision 2020 and High Performance Programs.
Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy programs and especially the High Performance Program are designed by R.Ashwin derived from his playing experience at the international stage for over 10 years.
The High Performance Program offered by Gen-Next Kings’ is a special program to prepare elite cricketers for the highest level. Gen-Next, Chennai since it’s inception have moulded numerous youngsters for the path of professional cricket.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 19, 2017
Gen-Next Kings’ in Dubai will look to emulate from its sister concern with the tried and tested program in a state of the art training environment with R.Ashwin at its helm monitoring progress of talent present in the system.
Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy in terms of facility boasts indoor as well as outdoor nets, astro-turf for matches, video analysis technology, bowling machine, fully equipped gymnasium and a cricket oval in Phase 2.
In terms of faculty, Kobus Olivier is a Level 3 coach with a coaching experience of more than 20 years holding positions such as CEO Kenya Cricket and National Youth Coach for Holland cricket team.
Arshad Mohammed and Colin Morris are the England Cricket Board Level 2 coaches heading the High Performance and Vision 2020 program respectively.
On his visit R.Ashwin passed on his invaluable knowledge to the High Performance trainees as well as the Vision 2020 and Evolve (softball cricket) program trainees at the Kings’ School Al Barsha training center.
R.Ashwin who is an ardent believer of shaping young lives also visited all of the 3 Kings’ Schools and interact with the students and teachers.
Every week, we feature a top performer from the extensive pool of cricket talent in the United Arab Emirates.
From the many blossoming cricketers in the region, we name a standout player from each round of the U-17 league organised by the Emirates Cricket Board.
Hrithik Bhatia is our award winner this week after his match-winning innings helped G-Force Academy to a 105-run win over UAE Desert Cubs Cricket Academy on Saturday.
The right-handed batsman scored 106 runs from just 68 deliveries to help his side post a mammoth score of 208/6 in the first innings.
Batting at number four, his innings included eight boundaries while he cleared the ropes on seven occasions.
Bhatia is an upcoming batsman in the region and was recently selected for the UAE U-19 side.
Bhatia’s U-17 coach Azhar Gul was full of praise for the young batsman.
“He is a regular performer, very consistent. He scored lots of runs in the NSL (National Schools League) as well.”
However, he was dismissed having faced just one ball when he opened the innings against Zayed Cricket Academy last week who won the game by seven runs.
“We switched him to the number four position this week after his duck opening the innings. Given that he’s a senior player, the middle order seemed more suited to him. We spoke this week about the responsibility he needs to shoulder as one of the more experienced boys.
“With his last performance he proved his talent and justified his selection for the UAE U-19 team.”
G-Force Academy was started in 2001 and has been a popular name in developing promising young cricketers in the UAE.
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