Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi has extended his backing for the inaugural T10 Cricket League to be held in the UAE in December.
The PCB’s approval means Pakistan stars such as Shahid Afridi, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Amir, Babar Azam, Ahmed Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman, amongst top Pakistani centrally contracted players will feature in the upcoming T10 Cricket League player draft in November.
Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of Mulk Holdings and the T10 Cricket league, expressed his gratitude to the PCB chief for his support.
“I am delighted to announce that the Pakistan Cricket Board has offered its full support and has confirmed the release of their current centrally contracted players. On behalf of the T10 Cricket League Management, Team owners and Emirates Cricket Board, I would like to offer my special gratitude to PCB chairman Mr. Najam Sethi for his support to the T10 Cricket League,” said Shaji Ul Mulk in Dubai.
Pakistan Cricket board’s involvement comes in light of other cricket boards sanctioning and approving the much talked about T10 Cricket league such as the Sri Lankan Cricket Board, Bangladesh Cricket Board, Emirates Cricket Board and Zimbabwe Cricket Board.
The attraction of Shahid Afridi and the strong line-up of centrally contracted players from Pakistan will add a whole new bang to the already much talked about 10 over format. With a potential audience of over 1.4 billion South Asian people, 90 minutes of action, 10 overs a side, star players, celebrities, performance shows, South Asian rivalries, performances after every over, drama and nail-biting finishes. it is bound to be crickets newest and hottest attraction.
Salman Iqbal, president of the T10 Cricket League and Founder and CEO of ARY digital network, speaking on the PCB approval said: "Pakistani cricketers are some of the most exciting players in the world with star following of millions of passionate fans. They will be an integral part of our leagues’ success. I would like to thank Mr. Sethi and the PCB for their support for the T10 Cricket League and their progressive thinking towards the development of this game we all love!”
Also adding to the mix of T10 Cricket League list of current international players including Eoin Morgan captain of the England team, Shakib Al Hasan, Virender Sehwag and Sangakkara the ‘cricketentainment’ will begin from the first ball!
Over 100 performers per match to entertain crowds, crowd interaction, player interaction, rivalries, over 20 celebrities in attendance every match, International players and cricketing action from the first ball!
Team captains and coaches will have to adjust to the new format by deploying new strategies and adapting to the T10 Cricket League. Speaking to the press Shahid Afridi said “When I was told of the idea I was thrilled and requested that I want to play.”