The world’s first T10 league in Sharjah from 14th December to 17th December will see the involvement of several former and current international cricketers, who will be playing for one of six teams. The teams are called Maratha Arabians, Pakhtoon, Punjab Legends, Kerala Kings, Bengal Tigers and Team Sri Lanka Cricket.
The draft for the league took place on November 6th, with Mohammad Amir becoming the first player to be picked, Maratha Arabians being the team which snapped him up. The Arabians will also see Virender Sehwag taking the field for the team, while England’s limited overs captain Eoin Morgan was named the icon player for the Kerala Kings. Shahid Afridi will turn out for Pakhtoon, while Shoaib Malik will play for the Punjab Legends.
Sri Lanka Cricket will be comprised of players from Colombo, who have won the domestic limited overs tournament. Dinesh Chandimal will captain the side, since he is not included in the Sri Lankan cricket team’s ODI squad for the upcoming series against India which begins on December 10th.
This will be the world’s first T10 competition, with each innings lasting only 10 overs. The matches, which will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Ground will last only 90 minutes. The full squads for the tournament are –
Team Sri Lanka Cricket: Lahiru Thirimanne, Dilshan Munaweera, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Jayasinghe, Thisara Perera, Nipun Karunanayake, Angelo Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya, Alankara Asanka, Wanidu Hasaranga, Kasun Madushanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Sachithra Senanayake, Jeffrey Vandersay.Punjabi Legends: Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Misbah ul Haq, Carlos Brathwaite, Fahim Ashraf, Abdul Razzaq, Shareef Asadullah, Hasan Ali, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Rangana Herath, Dawlat Zadran, Usmana Mir, Ghulam Shabber, Luke Ronchi.Kerala Kings: Eoin Morgan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Babar Hayat, Rohan Mustafa, Kieron Pollard, Shakib al Hasan, Paul Stirling, Imran Haider, Sohail Tanvir, Liam Plunkett, Wahab Riaz, Samuel Badree, Rayad Emrit, Chadwick Walton, Nicholas Pooran.Bengal Tigers: Rameez Shahzad, Darren Sammy, Darren Bravo, Mohammad Nawaz, Rovman Powell, Sunil Narine, Ryan McLaren, Mohammed Naveed, Mustafizur Rahman, Rumaan Raees, Hasan Khan, Anwar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher.Pakhtoon: Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal, Dwayne Smith, Ahmad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Shahid Afridi, Amjab Javed, Mohammad Nabi, Liam Dawson, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Khan, Umar Gul, Shaheen Afridi, Saqlain Haider.Maratha Arabians: Virender Sehwag, Shaiman Anwar, Alex Hales, Lendl Simmons, Rillee Rossouw, Ross Whiteley, Imad Wasim, Roelof van der Merwe, Zahoor Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Sami, Hardus Viljoen, Wayne Parnell, Kumar Sangakkara, Kamran Akmal.