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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.