The third season of the Abu Dhabi T10 League is all set to kickstart from November 15th till November 24. The tournament is organised by Emirates Cricket Board. In the past two years the T10 League has gained immense popularity especially due to the fast paced nature of the game. This time the T10 league will be played with the T10 teams divided into two groups - Group A and B.
|Group A||Group B|
|Bangla Tigers||Northern Warriors|
|Delhi Bulls||Maratha Arabians|
|Karnataka Tuskers||Team Abu Dhabi|
This year we saw a player draft in which over a hundred players were drafted into eight teams. Similar to the nature of the tournament, the franchises were allotted only 3 minutes to select players for themselves. Here is how the T10 league 2019 squads shaped up after the draft.
Abu Dhabi T10 Teams & Squads
This season, the West Indian legend Kieron Pollard was bought in by the Gladiators as soon as the big man hit the market. Shane Watson has been named as the icon player. Focusing to create a more balanced team, the Gladiators have created a team that was strongly led by all-rounders. In the bowling department we have Fawad Ahmed and the UAE’s Zahoor Khan with along with England’s young talent Mason Crane. The Gladiators seem to have one of the most balanced teams out there.
Winners of the last season, the Northern Warriors have cooked themselves up a strong West Indies contingent. The West Indian player Darren Sammy has been confirmed as the team’s icon player. Along with Darren Sammy, the T20 specialist Andre Russell and Lendl Simmons will be joining the warriors this year. The pace bowling will be commanded by Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz. The Northern Warriors will begin their title defence campaign on November 15 against the Maratha Arabians.
The Maratha Arabians went for a balanced team approach for this season. They tried to get the perfect blend of fast bowling attack and mixed it up with a strong batting line-up. The team has announced Chris Lynn as their icon player. The Arabians have also brought in the iconic Lasith Malinga. Among the big men from West Indies are Dwayne Bravo and Chadwick Walton.
The Pakistani legend and Qalandars' icon player Shahid Afridi is being reunited with his Pakistani teammate Mohammad Hafeez. The Qalandars' are almost all Pakistani side comprising of 10 Pakistani players including young talents such as Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf.
The newest addition to the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament, Team Abu Dhabi has been focusing more on their batting in this T10 season. They have announced Moeen Ali as the team’s icon player. They have roped in the Sri Lankan talent Niroshan Dickwella, Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson, and the Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir.
Just like several other teams, the Bangla Tigers also seem to focus on big hitting as their game strategy. They bought in 12 players with impressive batting skills. The Sri Lankan cricketer Thisara Perera has been named as the team's icon player. He is being joined by Andre Fletcher and South Africa’s Colin Ingram.
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The Karnataka Tuskers really focused on their bowling line-up this year. They announced the big hitter Hashim Amla as their icon player. They got the Nepalese Sandeep Lamichhane, English talent Pat Brown, and the slow-left orthodox Emirati player, Ahmed Raza to lead their bowling attack. Evin Lewis and Johnson Charles are among the few batsmen which the team got for themselves.
The Delhi Bulls, will be led by world-cup winning captain, Eoin Morgan who also is their icon player. The Bulls have also got the former Pakistani captain, Shoaib Malik. In Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi, Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera, and Pakistan’s Aamer Yamin, the Delhi Bulls have one of the strongest batting line-up. The Bowling department will be headed by England’s leg-spinning magician, Adil Rashid.