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T10 is perfect format to re-invent cricket: Afridi

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London : The popularity of Twenty20 leagues across the world has paved the way for even much shorter format — the T10 League — and it is also finding its footing in the cricketing world.

Though, the ten-over format has never been used as a professional league form until 2017, when Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, the chairman of Mulk Holdings launched the T10 League as the world’s first formal franchise tournament in which some of the world’s best cricketers played in six teams.

Eight teams — Kerala Knights, Punjab Legends, Maratha Arabians, Bengal Tigers, Sindhis, Rajputs, Northern Warriors and Pakhtoon — were drawn in to two groups in the 2nd Season of the T10 League that took place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21 to December 2.

 

“I think this is the perfect format to re-invent cricket and introduce it to the Olympics. All participating players are enjoying it. It is a quick fire format and a big test for bowlers. The format also provides the batsmen an opportunity to show their skills. I myself had some great knocks out there in the middle.” said Paksitan’s star batsman Shahid Afridi, who represented the Pakhtoon in the 2018 edition of the T10 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

“I think cricket will change with this [T10]. Even T20 and one-day cricket will change with this style of cricket. I think T10 can be taken to many other non-cricket playing nations to increase the popularity of the game,” Afridi said.

This translates to an average match score of 224 runs per match, while average innings score crossed 112 runs in 60 balls – or nearly two runs per ball – the highest in any form of cricket.

More than 73.2 percent of the total 2,914 runs came through boundaries while the highest team score touched the 132-run mark and the highest individual score was 69.

The T10 League has been endorsed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) that regulates and promotes the game of cricket in the UAE and is a member of the International Cricket Council.

The rapid-fire spread of the T10 League has encouraged T10 Sports Management – owner of the T10 League to add two more franchise teams and spread the tournament to 29 matches to be played in 12 days — ensuring greater visibility, participation and extended reach of the ten-over format cricket across the world.

The T10 League, in many ways, has captured the imagination of the cricket fraternity and it’s rising popularity has prompted the ICC to recognise the format and sanction the T10 League last July.

The ICC sanction virtually puts a stamp on the new ten-over format of cricket and makes the T10 League the world’s first formal ten-over franchise league tournament.

Although cricket is not a native Arab or Emirati game, it has become very popular amongst the expatriate population as well as the locals. As a result, the country has seen a flurry of cricket matches – including Test matches, One-Day Internationals, quick-fire T20 and T10 matches being played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.


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Team India relishing the experience

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Mumbai : India’s ASC Boys Sports School from Bengaluru are gearing up to play the FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup 2019 World Finals at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Drawn alongside Thailand, FC Bayern Kids Club and China in Group B, the Indian side will have their first taste of competition in two friendlies against two of Group A opponents Singapore and Nigeria at the Bayern Munich training grounds on the eve of the event.
The boys have so far enjoyed the priviledge of training under the expetise of FC Bayern youth coaches.
Following a complete session with the boys, Bayern Munich coach Christopher Loch told Goal , “They are a good bunch of players with really good technique. They play together, which is very important because football is a team sport.
“I’m really excited to see them play on Sunday. I hope they go through.”
Speaking on the road ahead for these players, Loch commented, “It’s a long way. You have to train nearly everyday and work hard on even individual things. Then you need luck, like have the right coach who brings you to the first team.”
“I am very excited to be here. The most interesting thing is to see (meet) the coaches, see the Bayern Munich training grounds and learn more about football,” The Indian team’s captain C. Ronald Singh said in an interview with Bayern TV.
the teams were also involved in the Munich freestyle tour where each side were required to perform the ‘around the world’, the head stall and the header challenge.
Tondon Meitei, who then participated in the freestyle play-offs, enthralled the assembled crowd at the Marienplatz in Munich and was thereafter crowned the Freestyle King.
At the intercultural party that was held at the team hotel, the boys performed a Manipuri dance and entertained all while the other teams staged their own performances.
An unique opportunity to catch the live action of the Bundesliga’s title deciding clash between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt at the Allianz Arena also awaits the participants.

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World Cup winner to get Rs 28cr prize money

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LONDON: The winners of the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup will earn a cash award of Rs 28.12cr ($4 million), the highest prize money on offer in the history of the tournament. The winners of the 10-team tournament will also get a trophy that they will lift at the historic Lord’s on July 16. The total prize pot of Rs 70.31cr ($10 million) will see the runners-up take home Rs 14.06cr ($2 million) and the losing semifinalists $800,000 each at the end of the 46-day tournament being played across 11 venues in the UK from May 30. There are prizes for each league match won, in what promises to be a competitive tournament with the world’s best teams playing each other in a round-robin format.

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Hope to play under a big coach like Igor Stimac soon: Gahlot

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Mumbai :Narender Gahlot is among the finest young defenders in Indian football at the moment. The young centre-back was an integral part of Floyd Pinto’s Indian Arrows side in the 2018-19 season of the I-League.
The young boy who grew up playing cricket took up football as a serious sport much later. Belonging to a family which encourages sports, Gahlot’s uncle inspired him to pursue a career in football.
Speaking to Goal about his inclination towards sports, Narender said, “I used to play cricket earlier. My uncle used to play cricket and he was a sports fanatic. So he wanted me to play a sport. Then after some time I grew an interest in football and started playing. My uncle was my biggest support and inspiration.”
The youngster informed that he used to play as a midfielder initially and idolised Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia but later on taking advice from a local coach, he decided to change his position.
“I was a very big fan of Bhaichung Bhutia as a child. I used to play in midfield but later one of our local coaches asked me if I could play as a defender and I agreed to change my position. Among international players, I am a big fan of Sergio Ramos,” said Narender.
The Indian Arrows star joined the Chandigarh Football Academy at age of 15 before moving to Sports Authority of India (SAI) Dehradun. It was during his stay at SAI that he caught the attention of then India U16 coach Nicolai Adam.
“With SAI I had played against the India U16 team at that time which was coached by Nicolai Adams. After that match, I got a call from the India U16 side.
“Unfortunately I could not take part in the U17 World Cup as I was injured. I suffered an ACL injury a few months prior to the World Cup when we were in Brazil.
“After the World Cup Abhishek (Yadav) Sir told me that they are making a team (Indian Arrows) and then he had called me for trails there. Luis Norton de Matos liked me and kept me in the side,” said the 18-year-old player on his journey so far.

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