New formats for the game are being introduced in cricket at a ferocious rate but the latest of them promises to be the most unique one just yet.
Set to arrive on the shores of Dubai in February next year, the Ultimate Kricket Challenge (UKC) promises to deliver one of the most innovative fan experiences, with some of cricket’s biggest stars poised to go one-on-one against each other in a ‘cage match’.
Universe Boss Chris Gayle, India sensation Yuvraj Singh, Pakistan maverick Shahid Afridi, England’s swashbuckling Kevin Pietersen and Windies’ star Andre Russell are some of the big names that will lend their participation to the maiden edition of the UKC in Dubai.
Set to be staged at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, fans will get front row seats to get up close and personal to the action as the superstars battle it out in a cage in the UKC.
Some of the match-ups in the five-day event will see the Ind-Pak rivalry reignited with Yuvraj set to go head-to-head against Yuvraj while Gayle will be paired against Pietersen.
Each innings will consist of 30 deliveries while some unique and innovative rules mentioned below are set to ensure that the action is as pulsating as it gets. Like the Indian Premier League (IPL), the UKC will combine the best of cricket and entertainment with several Bollywood stars set to grace the event for some live concert-style performances.
Yuvraj and Gayle were on hand at the Coca-Cola Arena on Thursday to announce the launch of the latest cricket competition.
While both the players picked Test cricket as their most challenging format in cricket, their excitement to turn out in the UKC was evident.
“I cannot wait to have a practice run (in the new format),” said Gayle about the UKC.
“It’s a new and exciting format and its growth will depend on how we start the first edition,” said Yuvraj on his part.
Substitute players are not allowed except when the player decides to use his Wildcard. If a player is injured and cannot continue, the result of the game will be awarded to the opposing player.
Tickets will be available soon on BOOKMYSHOW.COM and CocaColaArena.com
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