Dubai – Feb 13, 2018 – After the successful conduct of the first edition of the inaugural Heera T10 League, the tournament governing council on Tuesday announced plans for the expansion of the event.
As part of the expansion plans, an Invitation To Tender (ITT) was released for two new teams to be added to the tournament. The first edition of the tournament featured six teams, but in 2018 the plan is to increase the number of franchises to eight.
With the focus of the tournament being strongly South Asian, it was decided by the governing council that the two new teams will continue to build on that association. Accordingly the prospective bidders can choose the names of Gujarat, Andhra, Deccan and Marwaris amongst many other names as the preferred name for their team.
The first edition, staged in December 2017, was held at the historic Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The six sides that participated in the tournament were: Maratha Arabians, Pakhtoon, Bengal Tigers, Punjabi Legends, Kerala Kings and Team Sri Lanka Cricket. The tournament was eventually won by Eoin Morgan-led Kerala Kings in a thrilling finale against Punjabi Legends.
The entire concept of T10 League was the brainchild of chairman, Mr Shaji-ul-Mulk, an innovator in his own right ad president Mr Salman Iqbal of ARY Group. The concept of T10 League was the brainchild of the league chairman, Mr Mulk who also created the multinational conglomerate Mulk Holdings. The immaculate execution and promotion was well supported by the league President Mr Iqbal of ARY Group. The other two Board members Mr Parvez Khan and Mr Habib Khan also displayed their excitement at the success of the T10 League and the financial implications to the existing six team owners.
“We were absolutely thrilled with the response to the first edition. The attendance at the stadium, television viewership and the quality of play was absolutely top notch. But now comes the time to plan ahead. We are looking forward to a lot of interest to the ITT and are hoping to welcome on board two franchises,” said Mr Mulk.
On his part, Mr Iqbal too looked ahead to the process and was particularly excited about the possible interest from new owners. “We have conducted a thorough review of the first edition of the tournament. The stage is now set for us to take off onto the next level by adding two new teams. We are looking to complete the process as early as possible so that we can scale up the preparations this year,” opined Mr Iqbal.
“The annual base price of the bid for new franchises has been fixed at US$1.2 million. A onetime premium bid will decide the new franchise owners,” said governing council member Mr Parvez Khan.
The tournament is best remembered for presenting to the world, cricket’s own version of 90- minute contests lasting 10-overs-a-side and that too in just four days.
Among the icon players who played the tournament were former Pakistan captains Misbahul-Haq and Shahid Afridi, current Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, current West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, current England ODI and T20I captain Eoin Morgan, apart from Bangladesh’s talismanic all-rounder and current Test captain Shakib Al Hasan. It was only befitting that such an innovative approach was unveiled in a historic setting of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium (SCS).
The first edition of the tournament was held under the aegis of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), with the active support of Sri Lana Cricket (SLC), Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
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About Mulk Holdings
Mulk Holdings is a multinational group of companies with diversified business interests in Manufacturing of Alubond USA brand of Metal Composites, Interior and Exterior Design & Fit outs, Plastic Industries, Power Generation, Aluminum Coil Coatings, Healthcare, Real Estate, and Solar Energy. The company with its headquarters based in Hamriya Freezone Sharjah, UAE is spread across Europe, USA, Africa, Turkey, India and Middle-East. Mulk Holdings’ flagship brand Alubond USA- Metal Composites has grown into the world’s largest Metal Composite brand with operations in 11 countries and market reach of 90 countries.
About Emirates Cricket Board (ECB)
Cricket in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is governed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), overseeing all cricket activities in the Emirates including the 4 major councils; Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai and Sharjah.
In 1990 Emirates Cricket became an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC). An emerging One Day International (ODI) country,
UAE Senior Men’s team won the ACC Trophy on four consecutive occasions between 2000 and 2006, they were runners-up in the other three times the tournament was played; 1996, 1998 and 2008. UAE Men’s won the ICC Trophy in 1994, playing their first ODIs that year, they qualified for the 1996 and 2014 Cricket World Cups. Other ODI matches were played in the 2004 and 2008 Asia Cup tournaments. In 2014 the UAE gained ODI status through to 2018. UAE’s U19’s played their first ICC World Cup in 2014, when the UAE hosted the international tournament. UAE’s U19’s recently competed in 2015’s ACC Premier Tournament. UAE’s women’s team competed in the 2007 ACC Women’s Tournament and has subsequently continued to promote women’s participation in the game. The Women’s team is currently champion of the recently introduced GCC T20 Women’s Championship.
Over a million Emiratis live in UAE, and the Emirati Development Programme forms an important part of Emirates Cricket’s strategic plan in growing the game.
The UAE National squad currently comprises of three Emirati Nationals and it’s the aim of the Emirati Development Programme to ensure that there will be a steady integration of National players available for selection, in all forms of the game, in the future.
The ECB now has the resources to take professional coaching into local schools and provide playing opportunities that have been limited before. A resource book of cricket in Arabic has been created and playing equipment provided to encourage and support this learning and development. In addition, the Programme has been bolstered by the employment of a dedicated Arabic speaking Development Officer who will be able to take the game forward.
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