ICC sanctions T10 League ahead of second season

The T10 League received a shot in the arm ahead of its second season after International Cricket Council officially sanctioned the tournament.

Eoin Morgan-led Kerala Kings won the inaugural edition last year at Sharjah.   -  Getty Images

The T10 League received a shot in the arm ahead of its second season after International Cricket Council (ICC) officially sanctioned the tournament, league organisers confirmed on Tuesday.

In its inaugural season, the ICC had only approved the organisers to conduct the first-ever 10 overs format league in the world. Eoin Morgan-led Kerala Kings won the inaugural edition last year.

The second edition of the league which boasts international cricket stars from past and present will have two new teams making it a eight team and a 10-day long season.

The 2018 event which will start from November 23 in Sharjah will see the likes of Rashid Khan, Brendon McCullum, Chris Lynn and Andre Russell making their debut.

“This sanction from ICC for T10 League gives our partners, stakeholders and more importantly the players a much-needed boost. Having said that, it additionally gives us responsibility to ensure we keep growing year-on-year and make this format globally acceptable,” said Shaji Ul Mulk, chairman of the T10 League.

“We shared the vision and belief of the organisers in this format. From here on, it is important to grow the league and the format and ensure that players, teams and the fans get an experience to remember,” said Zayed Abbas, Board Member and Official Spokesperson, Emirates Cricket Board.

A mini-draft was conducted last month which saw the teams rope in its marquee players. The player draft is slated for September.