Move over Indian Premier League!
Abu Dhabi is all-set to host teams from six cricketing nations for an upcoming T20 tournament starting October 4-6. With this move, Abu Dhabi Cricket is ready to compete with list of other international boards with T20 tournaments, having one of their own. The tournament is set to feature the best teams from Pakistan, South Africa, England, Australia, Afghanistan and of course a team from United Arab Emirates.
The three-day tournament, tagged the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy will see seven games being played over the course of three days. It will be held in the iconic Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
“Make no mistake, this a dynamic field of the best of the best,” Aref Al Awani, general secretary, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said. “With this level of player power, the tournament allows Abu Dhabi to deliver on our mandate of ushering in an exciting new era of cricket in the Emirates. The tournament will certainly help cement Abu Dhabi’s international sporting credentials, reinforcing its major events hub reputation and expand awareness of our world-class facilities.”
“All the ingredients are there,” ECB CEO David East said. “The ever-improving facilities, the fan base, the support of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and ADC’s proven organisational expertise in world-class events…”, according to SonyESPN.
“We wanted to set ourselves apart from the rest of the world and offer a different product, without creating another franchise-led league,” Matthew Boucher, acting CEO of the ADC, said. “It’s an absolute honour to see the best of the best from around the world’s established teams gather in Abu Dhabi to offer fans an experience that does not currently exist anywhere else. We are very grateful to all the teams and their management for backing this initiative and getting on board.”
(With inputs from SonyESPN)