You have T20, T10 and The Hundred. Now get ready for 90-ball cricket.
If you though cricket has already seen its fair share of innovative formats, UAE-based Century Events and Sports FZC have come up with a brand new one in the form of 90-Ninety Bash which will be held in Sharjah from 2020. The inaugural edition will be held under the auspices of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), according to the tournament’s press release.
The format is the brainchild of Abdul Rahman Bukhatir (chairman of the Bukhatir Group), Salman Iqbal (founder and president of ARY Digital Network and owner of Pakistan Super League franchise Karachi Kings) and Imran Chaudhry (managing director of the Cinergie Group of companies).
According to the tournament’s press release: “The proposed 90-Ninety format will be shorter than Twenty20, with the aim of making every contest sharp, edgy and action-packed, while retaining the importance of cricket skills at the core of its success.”
The release added that even with Pakistan cricket expected to gradually return to its home base, fans in the UAE can look forward to regular dose of high-quality cricket.