His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, lauded the rise in popularity of the T10 League after enjoying the action at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Sheikh Nahyan toured the Sharjah ground, accompanied by Shaji Ul Mulk – chairman of the T10 League – and praised the growth shown by the newest format.
“The UAE is a country of peace, harmony and tolerance, where nationals of more than 200 countries live happily and in harmony. It is due to the peaceful and harmonious environment, we see innovative steps are undertaken and the T10 League is an important innovative step that will popularise the game of cricket and this is emerging from the UAE and will spread to the world,” Sheikh Nahyan said.
“Earlier, the batsmen used to dominate the T10 League. But now I see the bowlers are also coming back strongly to dominate the match as it becomes interesting,” he said.
Sheikh Nahyan expressed his happiness in seeing world-class cricketers fighting it out in the UAE.
Sheikh Nahyan added: “The first T10 League was held in four days, where six teams played 13 matches. This year, eight teams playing 29 matches in 12 days that has helped the T10 League to grow fast. The T10 League is a success and this is evolving from within the UAE. I want to assure you that the Emirates Cricket Board is with you and will do everything to support the T10 League and its future expansion worldwide.”
Organisers also announced plans for the next year, stating they have made sure the schedule next year does not clash with international fixtures, as it has done this time with Pakistan playing New Zealand in the UAE. The third season will be held from October 16-25, 2019.
“The new dates have been announced to ensure that they do not clash with any major international tournaments and that will help us to attract the best cricketing names and talents so that they could play and enrich the ten-over format cricket and help it to expand worldwide.
“As we move forward, we want greater support from the international stakeholders to help expand the game of the shortest format cricket. The new dates will now help the owners of the eight teams and the League Committee to plan their next season’s marketing activities and gives them enough time to prepare their game plan and strategy for the next season.”
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