The pair join RP Singh, RS Sodhi and Subramaniam Badrinath who have signed for the 10-over tournament at Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2.
Fast-bowler Zaheer, who took 311 Test wickets, 282 ODI scalps and 17 in T20Is will be playing for the first time since February where he featured in an exhibition T20 match. For Kumar, the medium-pacer took 77 ODI wickets and eight T20Is in a career spanning 12 years.
Shaji Ul Mulk, chairman of T10 League is delighted to have roped in high-profile ex-Indian internationals.
He said: “The growing desire by senior Indian cricketers to play in the T10 League reflects the increasing popularity of the game.
“I am happy to announce that we have signed up eight Indian players to play in the second season of the tournament. This will encourage players from all over the world to join the T10 League movement and help popularise the ten-over format cricket worldwide in the coming years.”
The 2018 edition will see 29 matches played with eight teams contesting for the title. Kerala Kings are the defending champions following last year’s success and Saadullah Khan, T10 League partner and managing director is confident this year’s will be no different.
“This year’s T10 League will come with a lot of pleasant surprises and the media campaign launched in India and Pakistan is creating a massive amount of interest among cricketers,” Khan said. “The popularity of the ten-over format cricket is here to stay and grow with every tournament.”
He added: “I take this opportunity to welcome cricketers from all over the world to join the T10 League movement.”
Colonel Arvinder Singh, chief operating officer of T10 League, said: “I am delighted to welcome the Indian players in the T10 League. Them signing up for the league will inspire others to join the T10 League in future and help popularise the ten-over format cricket in India and the rest of the world.”
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