Chris Gayle, Eoin Morgan and Shane Watson headline the full T10 League squad lists

Alex Broun 25/09/2018
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Shahid Afridi (c) will again captain Pakhtoon in the T10 League

The full squads for the second year of the T10 League have been confirmed after the player draft in Dubai last night- and here they are.

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Group A

Kerala Kings

Owners            : Shafi Ul Mulk, Hussain Adam Ali and Ali Ashraf

Coach              : Daniel Vettori

Icon Player       : Eoin Morgan

Team                : Kieron Pollard, Sohail Tanvir, Paul Stirling, Dasun Shanaka, Chris Gayle, Junaid Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tom Curran, Fabian Allen, Niroshan Dickwella, Imran Nazir, Benny Howell

Karachians

Team Owners   : Mohammed Imran Amin and Mohsin Imran

Coach              : Tom Moody

Icon Player       : Shane Watson

Team                : Jofra Archer, Thisara Perera, Anton Devcich, Ben Laughlin, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Nawaz, Dawid Malan, Fawad Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Joe Clarke, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Irfan Jr.

Pakhtoon

Owners            : Habib Khan and Tajuddin Khan, Jawad Ghulam Rasool,

Coach              : Dean Jones

Icon Player       : Shahid Afridi

Team                : Colin Ingram, Liam Dawson, Mohammad Irfan, David Willey, Colin Munro, Andre Fletcher, Sohail Khan, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Chadwick Walton, Shapoor Zadran, Cameron Delport, Gulbadin Naib

Rajputs           

Owners            : Vijay Dutt Vyas

Coach              : Herschelle Gibbs

Icon Player       : Brendon McCullum

Team                : Chris Lynn, Mohammad Hafeez, Rilee Rossouw, Mohammad Shahzad, Tymal Mills, Carlos Brathwaite, Rahat Ali, Samit Patel, Qais Ahmad, Ben Dunks, Peter Trego, Shan Masood

Group B

Punjabi Legends

Owners            : Hyder Khan

Coach              : Mushtaq Ahmed

Icon Player       : Shoaib Malik

Team                : Chris Jordan, Evin Lewis, Liam Plunkett, Luke Ronchi, Muhammad Sami, Zahir Khan, Umar Akmal, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tom Moores, Anwar Ali, Jade Dernbach, Hassan Khan

Bengal Tigers

Owners            : Rizwan Sajan, Anis Sajan and Nilesh Bhatnagar

Coach              : Stephen Fleming

Icon Player       : Sunil Narine

Team                : Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Asif Ali, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Morne Morkel, Aamer Yamin, Mohammed Nabi, Kusal Perera, Sherfane Rutherford, Kevon Cooper, Ali Khan, Rayad Emrit

Maratha Arabians

Owners            : Parvez Khan, Ali Tumbi and Sohail Khan

Coach              : Wasim Akram

Icon Player       : Rashid Khan

Team                : Alex Hales, Kamran Akmal, James Faulkner, Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga, James Vince, Liam Livingstone, Brendan Taylor, Adam Lyth, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Najibullah Zadran, Richard Gleeson

Northern Warriors

Owners            : Mohomed Morani, Lucky Morani and Shahbaz Ilyas

Coach              : Robin Singh

Icon Player       : Darren Sammy

Team                : Andre Russell, Dwayne Smith, Wahab Riaz, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Bopara, Rovman Powell, Harry Gurney, Chris Green, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Kharry Pierre and Kennar Lewis

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Rookie coach Herschelle Gibbs not intimidated by Brendon McCullum in T10 League

Alex Broun 24/09/2018
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Herschelle Gibbs will coach the Rajputs in the T10

Former Proteas star and new Rajputs coach, Herschelle Gibbs, could be excused for feeling a little intimidated by his captain in the upcoming T10 League.

But the rookie coach says he is looking forward to working with the legendary New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum, in the second year of the new format that begins in Sharjah on November 23.

“He’s obviously got years of experience, I obviously played against him,” said Gibbs at the T10 players draft in Dubai on Monday night, “and ultimately he will obviously have a say on the final XI.”

“But I think from our (squad) selection we are more or less on the same page so that’s a good place to start in relation for the coach and captain. It’s a relationship.

“He’s also very much a forthcoming individual and says it the way it is – and I’m that way inclined as well. We don’t hold any punches and I think it’s a great relationship to have.”

Gibbs, whose Round 1 pick on the night was England left-armer Tymal Mills, was looking forward to his first taste of T10 cricket.

“I think it’s the fans that make it,” he said of the growing popularity of the new league.

“When T20 started years ago, years ago – I don’t think anybody realized how big it was going to be today There’s a lot of it, there’s plenty of it – but it’s the fans that make it.

“And yes the T10 is a very new format, it only started last year, but its already grown over a year and if that’s the sign of things to come then there will probably be more of these T10 leagues around the world.”

Other notable selections for Gibbs’ side was West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwiate, who he chose in Round 2, and Pakistan left hand bat Shan Masood.

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Darren Sammy excited about future of West Indies cricket after T10 draft

Alex Broun 24/09/2018
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Two time T20 World Cup winning captain Darren Sammy is excited about the young talent emerging currently from the West Indies after picking up a bagful of his country-men at the T10 League player draft in Dubai on Monday night.

The Northern Warriors captain took five West Indian players from his team’s allotted eight picks on the night – Khary Pierre, Lendl Simmons, Obed McCoy, Rovman Powell and Kennar Lewis.

“I’m quite happy with the selection we’ve got. People might say there’s a bias to the West Indian guys,” he smiled, “but when you look at the positions and the composition of the team there’s always a West Indian player that comes up too match the situation – so pretty happy.”

Sammy was also happy to see other young West Indies stars being picked up by other teams.

“It’s just so good to know so many West Indians are being picked up in the draft, especially from the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League (CPL) – Khary Pierre, Sherfane Rutherford (drafted by Bengal Tigers), Fabian Allen (drafted by Kerala Kings) and young Obed McCoy getting a look in in this format.”

The 34-year-old all-rounder feels this is an indication of an upward trend for West Indies cricket, especially in the shorter formats.

“I think the shorter format over the last two decades we’ve always done better,” he said, “In the last three T20 World Cups we’ve been in at least the semi-finals, and won it twice (2012 and 2016), one day cricket we were last in the final in 2006 in the Champions Trophy in Asia.”

Sammy believes this would eventually show up in longer forms of the game.

“Look if we can produce young cricketers coming through (from the CPL) like we’ve seen since the inclusion of the IPL the youngsters India have produced, also Pakistan and Bangladesh – and now you see Afghanistan and the way they are rising.

“It shows there is development that could happen through the shorter format of the game and hopefully for West Indies we could continue that and transfer that form to one day first and then Test cricket.”

In his second year in the T10 Sammy was looking forward to another exciting tournament.

“T10 last year it was an amazing tournament,” he beamed, “and I’m looking forward to this. It’s just excitement.

“I call it like highlights cricket. It’s like you’re watching the highlights package from a game. It’s just sixes and fours and the wickets coming.”

The T10 starts in Sharjah on November 23.

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