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First-ever edition of T10 League to feature Team Pakhtuns

First-ever edition of T10 League to feature Team Pakhtuns

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Oct 26, 2017 - 12:46

KABUL (Pajhwok): Pakhtuns from around the world will play in the maiden edition of the T-10 Cricket League -- the newest format of the game -- in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The first-ever TCL, featuring six teams, would begin on December 21 in the UAE, according to officials, who believe the event would bring cricket-crazy fans of South Asia on their feet.

Legendary cricketers like Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi and Kumar Sangakkara  have been signed up as brand ambassadors. Afridi will also captain Team Pakhtuns.

More than 50 international cricketers and young talent from associate nations will be up for grabs at the auction for the six-team tournament.

General Petroleum, a major Afghan firm, is the sponsor of Team Pakhtuns. GP owner Abdul Aziz Gardiwal told Pajhwok Afghan News they would give Pakhtuns from around the globe a chance to play in the upcoming event.

“Pakhtuns in this part of the globe have been denigrated over the past few decades, but we want to show the world they are enormously talented and successful on every front,” he remarked.

He added they had signed up the world-renowned cricketer from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Shahid Afridi. The company would also provide the Afghans a full opportunity to be part of its squad, he promised.

Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Indian sides would take part in the competition. Ten years ago, he recalled, the T20 format was launched. The T10 launch has been approved for the first time by the International Cricket Council.

Rahim Gul Sarwan, a cricket pundit, hoped the number of fans would be increase with the conduct of T10 League. He said people could not watch a match all day long because of their engagements.

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