The shortest format in cricket after T20, was the T10 format, the inaugural edition of which was held in Sharjah, UAE, in 2017. Although not without it’s fair share of apprehensions, the T10 league turned out to be a huge success story, with cricket stalwarts like Virender Sehwag labelling it a format which could find a place even in the Olympics. Now the league’s governing council is holding talks with England and West Indies’ cricket boards to make T10 a global phenomenon.
Making the T10 league a global phenomenon
In an attempt to amass higher worldwide response and viewership, the organizers of the T10 League are reportedly holding talks with the cricket boards of England (England and Wales Cricket Board) and West Indies (West Indies Cricket Board), for staging tournaments of the 10-over format in their countries.
England and West Indies cricket boards involved
The mastermind behind the birth of the entire concept of the T10 League, and the chairman for the same, Shaji Ul Mulk, said on Wednesday (21 February) that he expects matches in the T10 format to be played in destinations as diverse as the United States and Saudi Arabia within the next couple of years. The league’s creator has already spoken with the England and West Indies’ cricket boards – the ECB and WICB – about taking the T10 league format beyond the UAE, with the intention “to make T10 a global league.”
“We are in the initial stage of discussions with them [ECB], and we will be meeting with them in mid-March. The intention is to take T10 global. Working with a powerful board like the English one will be another feather in our cap. The format will be an independent league.”
Two new teams to enter the T10 league
Earlier in February, the organizers of the T10 league had released an Invitation To Tender (sort of a contract-cum-application) for two new teams to be added to the T10 tournament, in addition to the already existing six teams – Kerala Kings, Maratha Arabians, Pakhtoons, Punjabi Legends, Team Sri Lanka, and Bengal Tigers.
Once the formalities are done and dusted, the second edition of the T10 league (2018), could see the number of teams increase from six to eight.