Top stars on board as T10 League sets base in Abu Dhabi

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T10 creator Shaji Ul Mulk (3rd, l).

The path-breaking T10 League is ready to reach the next level after joining hands with Abu Dhabi. After two successful season at the iconic Sharjah Cricket Stadium, the T10 League has shifted base to the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi after signing a five-year deal.

Backing from major entities like Abu Dhabi Tourism, Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Abu Dhabi Cricket means the stage is set for a blockbuster third edition in November.

On Wednesday, some of the biggest names in franchise cricket put their names in the hat for the 2019 Abu Dhabi T10 draft.

England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, Pakistan veteran Shoaib Malik, Windies all-rounder Darren Sammy, Sri Lankan icons Angelo Matthews and Lasith Malinga, Australia star Shane Watson and Caribbean legends Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo are some of the names who will be a part of the spectacle.

Eoin Morgan.

Eoin Morgan.

It is a major moment in the UAE and Abu Dhabi cricket and His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, concurred: “Up and down the Abu Dhabi T10 roster you will find world-class talent, big personalities and the best possible ambassadors of the game. We could not be happier at the timing of this partnership to bring the brightest stars in cricket to the UAE, such as Eoin Morgan.”

The brains behind the concept and T10 Sports Management Group Founder and Chairman, Shaji Ul Mulk, was proud of how far the league and format have come.

“The game is changing as evidenced by the phenomenal success of T20,” said Shaji Ul Mulk. “This recent World Cup was also the most-watched ever. However, in order to continue to grow, it’s critical to showcase the best stars on big stages outside India, England and Australia, where it is already hugely popular.

“That’s why partnering with the Government of Abu Dhabi to host T10 on a long-term basis is a natural win-win for everybody who will now get to experience unparalleled cricket action in a truly unforgettable atmosphere.”

In all, eight teams – Kerala Knights, Bengal Tigers, Northern Warriors, Pakhtoon, Deccan Gladiators, Punjabi Legends, Maratha Arabians and Rajput – will be vying for the top prize at the end of the year.

Abu Dhabi Cricket CEO, Matt Boucher, said: “We feel we’ve bolstered the capital’s glowing portfolio of world-class events by ensuring that Abu Dhabi becomes a must-see ticket on the global cricket calendar for the next five years and what this means for the growth of the sport in the region. It’s another big stride in the growth of cricket in Abu Dhabi and we’re grateful to both the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council for making this happen.”

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James Anderson remains hopeful of playing further role in Ashes series despite injury

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James Anderson is desperate to play in the Ashes again.

England’s James Anderson is not “giving up” on playing again in the current Ashes series despite his injury in the first Test.

The 37-year-old bowled only four overs at Edgbaston before a calf injury forced him off the field, limiting him to two brief appearances as a batsman.

Admitting he “felt very guilty” and apologised to his team-mates, as revealed during the Test by new-ball partner Stuart Broad, Anderson told the Sun: “It’s hard to say when I might play again but it won’t be for a while.

“My focus now is to get better and try everything possible to play a role later in the series. I’m sure there will come a point where other bowlers either get injured or need a rest.

“I certainly have no intention of giving up. If I don’t play against Australia, then the winter tours to New Zealand and South Africa are the next target.”

Anderson, England’s record wicket-taker with 575 in Tests, was selected for the series opener despite not having featured for Lancashire since he first suffered the injury against Durham in early July.

That situation will not be repeated – raising the prospect of Anderson emulating Jofra Archer by playing a second XI game for his county.

Archer took six for 27 and hit 108 for Sussex’s second string against Gloucestershire on Tuesday to stake his claim as Anderson’s deputy in the second Test at Lord’s.

Anderson said: “The England management want me to play some cricket before I return for a Test match. So I’ll have to schedule that as well, which is not so easy because it is mainly Twenty20 matches at the moment.”

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Blow for England with pacer Olly Stone sidelined for two weeks with back injury

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Olly Stone has added to England's injury woes.

England pace bowler Olly Stone will miss the second Ashes Test after being ruled out for at least a fortnight with a back injury.

Stone, who suffered the injury in training on Tuesday, joins fellow pacemen James Anderson and Mark Wood in being ruled out of the Lord’s Test.

Warwickshire sport director Paul Farbrace told the county’s website: “It’s really disappointing for Olly that he’s been ruled out of action for such an important two weeks of cricket because of a reoccurrence of his back injury.

“At the moment there’s a bit of inflammation, but he will undergo a scan later this afternoon so that we know the full course of treatment that he can undertake with the club’s medical team and with the support of the ECB.

“In the meantime, he needs to rest up before he can get his body strong again and ready to deal with the demands of being a fast bowler.”

Stone, 25, made his Test debut against Ireland last month and was in the squad for the first Test at his home ground Edgbaston, but did not play in the heavy defeat by Australia.

He would have been back in contention at Lord’s, with Anderson ruled out until at least the fourth Test.

The third Ashes Test at Headingley begins on August 22, making Stone’s availability for that match highly unlikely.

Jofra Archer, another fast bowler with fitness issues, took six wickets and hit a century for Sussex’s second XI on Tuesday to press his case for an Ashes spot.

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