T10 Cricket League: 5 reasons why T10 is here to stay
When the organizers announced the T10 Cricket League a few months back, there was a public cynicism about the game's format, the quality, one-sided contents and so on. However, the recently concluded T10 league in Sharjah has reaped good support from fans and players. The organizers are so thrilled with the upshot of the event that they are planning to expand the tournament further to Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
In short, this inaugural exhibition has benumbed every critic. T10 cricket is here to stay. Here are the five key reasons.
#1 A format for the Olympics
One can argue why T10 could be the format to represent Cricket in Olympics. The attempt to test the 50-over format in the Commonwealth games failed a couple of decades back. Despite ICC's interest to apply for Olympics with a T20 format, the pursuit only reached a dead-end.
However, T10 format takes just 90 minutes. It means three to four games can be played in a day like other Olympic sports. The event could be done in a week's time which would absolutely fit into an Olympic time frame.
Sehwag, who was the sole representation from India, believes T10 is the ideal format that will take Cricket to the Olympics. Sehwag said “I strongly believe that T10 is the future. If the International Cricket Council (ICC) is planning to take cricket to the Olympics, this is the right format for each match finishes in 90 minutes.”
England’s shorter format captain, Eoin Morgan, too, backed T10 for Olympics. “The beauty of this format is that you can start and finish a competition potentially with 10 teams, maybe within the space of 10 days. That makes it so appealing to somebody like the Olympic committee. They want a sport which is short and sharp and entertain the public.”
With more T10 Leagues lined up in the near future, ICC will definitely contemplate the option of having T10 Cricket for Olympics.