CRICKET LEAGUES - T1029 Sep 2022
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Abu Dhabi (UAE):-Delhi Bulls have added ace off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for the Abu Dhabi T10 Cricket League Season VI to strengthen their bowling attack cricket. The former India international is going to join his ex-CSK teammate, the Champion Dwayne Bravo who will also lead the side for this season. The 2-time runners up, have exciting young stars such as, Tim David, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Will Jacks, Dominic Drakes, Fazalhaq Farooqi among others. The team is coached by Andy Flower. Harbhajan, who made his international debut in 1998, has won the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup with India in a career that has spanned over two decades. Harbhajan, who is also known as Bhajji, has bagged 711 wickets in his international career, and finished with three IPL winner's medals. Speaking ahead of his first season in the dynamic T10 format, Harbhajan Singh said, “This is a very interesting and new challenge for the bowler in me and I am delighted to be playing for the Delhi Bulls in the Abu Dhabi T10 this year. It won’t be easy for the bowlers, but I hope to make my mark here and help my team win it’s first title in the tournament. I have had wonderful interactions with the team owner – Neelesh Bhatnagar, who’s a dear friend and I am impressed by his commitment towards this team for the last 5 years. Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman, T10 Sports Management said, “It’s great for the Abu Dhabi T10 that a player like Harbhajan Singh has joined the league for the 6th season. With such a strong pool of world class players present in the competition, the tournament promises to be one of the biggest events in the international cricket calendar.” Delhi Bulls Team Owner, Neelesh Bhatnagar expressed his delight at signing the legendary cricketer, saying, “Harbhajan Singh is a legend and he has won many games for India and all the other teams he has played for. I am delighted to have in the Delhi Bulls corner, and I am quite confident that he will be one of the most followed cricketers in the Abu Dhabi T10. Not only am I sure that he will contribute with the ball, but his experience will help mentor the other players in the squad.” Delhi Bulls Season 6 Squad – DJ Bravo ©, Harbhajan Singh, Tim David, Rilee Rossouw, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Imad Wasim , Will Jacks, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Dominic Drakes, Najibullah Zadran, Richard Gleeson, Keemo Paul, Mitchell Stanley, Jordan Cox, Shiraz Ahmed, Kernel Zahid, Aayan Khan Head Coach – Andy Flower
CRICKET LEAGUES - T1027 Sep 2022
SPORTS BULLETIN REPORT Abu Dhabi (UAE):-The eight franchises have put their best foot forward, assembling strong and competitive squads, packed with exciting talent from all over the world, ahead of the sixth season of the Abu Dhabi T10, which will kick off at Zayed Cricket Stadium on 23rd November. Defending champions Deccan Gladiators, who have Nicholas Pooran as their Icon player, have signed on some serious talent in Andre Russell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, David Wiese, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Luke Wood, Odean Smith, Josh Little, Will Smeed, Zahir Khan, Curtis Campher, Zahoor Khan, Adeel Malik, Sultan Ahmed, Jason Roy and Taskin Ahmed. The Bangla Tigers, with Shakib Al Hasan as their Icon Player, have acquired the services of Evin Lewis, Colin Munro, Hazratullah Zazai, Joe Clarke, Benny Howell, Ben Cutting, Mohammad Amir, Matheesha Pathirana, Nurul Hasan, Mrittunjoy Chowdhury, Rohan Mustafa, Chirag Suri, Umair Ali, Dan Christian and Jake Ball. With Dwayne Bravo as the Icon Player, the Delhi Bulls are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for silverware and have brought on board the likes of Tim David, Rilee Rossouw, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Will Jacks, Dominic Drakes, Najibullah Zadran, Richard Gleeson, Keemo Paul, Mitchell Stanley, Shiraz Ahmed, Karnal Zahid, Ayaan Khan, Imad Wasim and Jordan Cox. Dasun Shanaka headlines the Chennai Braves squad, who added some further muscle by picking Carlos Brathwaite, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Obed McCoy, Maheesh Theekshana, Ollie Stone, Ben Duckett, Sam Cook, Sikandar Raza, Ross Whiteley, Kobe Herft, Kartik Meyyappan, Vriitya Aravind, Sabir Rao, Laurie Evans and James Fuller. Two-time champions Northern Warriors have kept hold of Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga and bolstered the squad with the additions of Sherfane Rutherford, Rovman Powell, Adam Lyth, Reece Topley, Kennar Lewis, Wayne Parnell, Adam Hose, Chris Green, Rayad Emrit, Gus Atkinson, Junaid Siddique, Usman Khan, Hamdan Tahir, Dushmantha Chameera and Mohammad Irfan. Team Abu Dhabi, who have named Chris Lynn is the Icon Player, have snapped up the services of Fabian Allen, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Naveen Ul Haq, Tymal Mills, Jamie Overton, James Vince, Brandon King, Darwish Rasooli, Alishan Sharafu, Amad Butt, Ali Abid, Ethan D’Souza, Mustafizur Rahman and Peter Hatzoglou. Meanwhile, New York Strikers have gone in with the experienced Kieron Pollard as their Icon Player. And he will be supported by the likes of Eoin Morgan, Azam Khan, Paul Stirling, Romario Shepherd, Andre Fletcher, Wahab Riaz, Jordan Thompson, Kesrick Williams, Izharulhaq Naveed, Tom Hartley, Mohammad Waseem, Nav Pabreja, Mohammad Farooq, Akeal Hosein and Ravi Rampaul. The Lance Klusener coached Morrisville SAMP Army picked David Miller as their Icon Player and have further pencilled in Anrich Nortje, Shimron Hetmyer, Moeen Ali, Dwaine Pretorius, Johnson Charles, Chamika Karunaratne, George Garton, Andries Gous, Abraham Pienaar, Ibrahim Zadran, Ahmed Raza, Kashif Daud, Basil Hameed, Sheldon Cottrell and Karim Janat. Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman, T10 Sports Management said: "It's been very nice to see the growth of the league over the years. I'm delighted about how the Abu Dhabi T10 Players Draft panned out on this busy Monday. The success of any event depends on partnerships and the teams working on the event and the Abu Dhabi Cricket & Sports Hub is unbeatable. I am sure that this season will be even more exhilarating than the previous years. The squads are all very competitive and I would like to welcome the cricketers here once more. May the best team win.”
CRICKET LEAGUES - T1021 Sep 2022
SPORTS BULLETIN Abu Dhabi (UAE):-Cricket’s fastest format will return with a bang this winter, with Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Chris Lynn and David Miller all among this year’s Abu Dhabi T10 Icon Player picks. Bravo has been retained by the Delhi Bulls, while Lynn is top of the billing for host city franchise Team Abu Dhabi. Bangla Tigers have opted for Shakib Al Hasan, Dasun Shanaka headlines the Chennai Braves squad, and two-time winners Northern Warriors have kept hold of Wanindu Hasaranga. As for reigning champions Deccan Gladiators, they’ve kept star captain Andre Russell as their Icon Player ahead of their defence of the trophy. This year will also see the introduction of two new USA franchises; the New York Strikers and the Morrisville SAMP Army. New York Strikers have gone for Pollard as their Icon Player, while Morrisville SAMP Army have snapped up Miller. Pollard, one of the most devastating and successful players in the history of white ball cricket, will play alongside England’s 2019 ODI World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan at New York Strikers, who clearly mean business with their top two picks. Over at Morrisville SAMP Army, recent IPL winner with the Gujarat Titans, Miller, is joined by compatriot - and tearaway quick - Anrich Nortje as their Platinum player, with Moeen Ali and Shimron Hetmyer also signed up. Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman T10 Sports Management said: “I am pleased to welcome on board the Morrisville Samp Army and New York Strikers from USA to our Abu Dhabi T10 family. Our aim for the league was to establish the Abu Dhabi T10 as one of the standout events on the international cricket calendar and grow our global broadcast viewership numbers which currently stand at 342 million. With the addition of the two new teams from Americas, we continue building on the success of the tournament as cricket's fastest format continues to evolve at a rapid rate across continents. “We’re proud to assemble this star cast of players as the Icon and Platinum players for this season and hope to see the fans back into the stadium for the 6th edition of the tournament.” Sagar Khanna, Owner New York Strikers: “I am elated to be part of the T10 journey and I’m really looking forward to this season and more. The New York Strikers will put their best foot forward to meet the passion of the Abu Dhabi T10. We hope that the team can go all the way, and they will have all the support from the management in that endeavour. The Abu Dhabi T10 is among the best events in the cricket calendar and I’m sure that the New York Strikers will add even more colour to the tournament.” “It is a start of a new and exciting chapter for Samp Army. Abu Dhabi T10 is a unique and a highly competitive competition which brings together elite players from across the globe. It gives us the perfect opportunity to compete against the some of the best players in the world and test ourselves out. We are looking forward to the season and hopefully we make our fans proud back home in the USA,” added Ritesh Patel, Owner, Morrisville Samp Army.
CRICKET LEAGUES - T1020 Sep 2022
SPORTS BULLETIN Abu Dhabi (UAE):-USA’s Skky Strikers announced that they had acquired a franchise in the exciting Abu Dhabi T10, which would be named the New York Strikers. New York Strikers entry to the tournament makes it an 8-team competition. Elated to be part of the Abu Dhabi T10, Sagar said, “It is an extremely exciting time for our franchise as the Abu Dhabi T10 is a unique and highly competitive, bringing together elite players from across the globe. It gives us the perfect opportunity to compete against the elites of cricket and test ourselves out." “We have had some amount of success in the USA and we are keen to carry on in that vein over here also. As a franchise, we will do whatever it takes to ensure this is a memorable tournament for our fans and the family overall.” The franchise has brought in Kieron Pollard as their Icon player and also signed on England’s 2019 ODI World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan as their Platinum player. Azam Khan from Pakistan and Ireland’s Paul Stirling are the two Category A players signed on by the franchise. Speaking on the signings, Sagar said, “Kieron Pollard and Eoin Morgan are among the biggest names in white-ball cricket. Both are extremely dangerous players and we have no doubt that their leadership qualities will be extremely essential for our camp going forward. Both Pollard and Morgan strike fear in the opposition team’s minds, and we like that thought.” “Paul Stirling and Azam Khan too are a couple very destructive batters, who can turn a game on its head very rapidly. The four players represent a strong and hardworking core, which is very much along the lines of our philosophy.” Shaji-ul-Mulk, Chairman, T10 Sports Management, added, “I am delighted to welcome on board the New York Strikers team from the USA to our Abu Dhabi T10 family. Our aim was to establish the Abu Dhabi T10 as one of the standout events on the international cricket calendar and grow our global broadcast viewership numbers which currently stand at 342 million. With the addition of the two new teams from America, we continue building on the success of the tournament as cricket's quickest format evolves at a rapid rate. We look forward to closely working with Sagar Khanna and his team as we get into our 6th season starting 23 November." The Abu Dhabi T10 will kick off from the 23rd of November 2022 and will be a two-week long tournament that will see international cricket stars compete in a short and exciting 10 over format. The New York Strikers are the second team from USA who will be participating in the Abu Dhabi T10 and will help highlight the growing quality of cricket in America.
CRICKET LEAGUES - T1012 Sep 2022
SPORTS BULLETIN Abu Dhabi (UAE):-The fastest and the most entertaining format of cricket, the Abu Dhabi T10 has appointed Rajeev Khanna as the Chief Operating Officer (CEO) for the upcoming season of the tournament, now he will be responsible for the overall management and the competition's operations. Khanna, who is a former cricket player, has been a pioneer in the field of sports management. He has converted his passion for sports into a world-class career with tenures at some of the world's most exciting leagues such as the Indian Premier League, Pro Kabaddi League and International Tennis Premier League. Khanna has been working in the IPL since 2009. He has served as the COO of Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals, Vice-President of Rajasthan Royals, and currently as a Consultant for Rajasthan Royals. Through the years, he has been able to bring about phenomenal change in the ways of sports management at the highest stage. Rajeev Khanna said: "The Abu Dhabi T10 is the most exhilarating cricket tournament in the world and therefore I am very excited to join the bandwagon as the COO of the competition. I will definitely look to ensure that the legacy of the tournament continues grow exponentially and becomes an even bigger attraction for the stars of the game in the future." Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman, T10 Sports Management said: “Rajeev Khanna has achieved great heights during his career and we are very excited to welcome him to the Abu Dhabi T10 family. I am sure that our tournament will benefit hugely from his experience and we look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with him." It is important to mention here that the Abu Dhabi T10 will be played held at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from 23rd November to 4th December 2022.