Another T20 league promises to thoroughly entertain the fans as six teams – two each based in Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands will take part in the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam. The player draft for the same was successfully completed on Friday in London. The six teams got to pick one designated ‘icon player’ and one ‘marquee player’. While the identities of these players were revealed beforehand, it remained suspense about which team they’d play for.
Ultimately, the Amsterdam Knights got Shane Watson and Imran Tahir as their icon and marquee players. For the Belfast Titans, it was Shahid Afridi and JP Duminy while Dublin Chiefs had Eoin Morgan and Babar Azam. Brendon McCullum and Dale Steyn will play in the same capacity for Glasgow Giants while it will be Martin Guptill and Chris Lynn for Edinburgh Rocks. Rotterdam Rhinos will have Rashid Khan and Luke Ronchi.
Ben Cutting was the first player to be picked
The draft system was slightly different as there was a lucky draw to decide who got the first pick. In the subsequent rounds, the reverse order was followed. Ben Cutting was the first player to be picked and he went to the Amsterdam Knights. Mohammad Amir, Ravi Bopara, Fakhar Zaman and Matt Henry were amongst the others who were picked in the first two rounds.
Anil Kumble, who is one of the board members for the tournament, said that it was exciting to see the growth of cricket worldwide. The matches will take place in three cities – Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Dublin. The competition will run from August 30 to September 22.
The squads for the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam:
Amsterdam Knights: Shane Watson (icon player), Imran Tahir (marquee player), Ben Cutting, Ahmed Shehzad, Sikandar Raza, Varun Chopra, Hasan Ali, Alzarri Joseph, Saad Bin Zafar, Tobias Visee, Roelof van der Merwe, Brandon Glover, Ben Cooper, Paul van Meekeren, Phillipe Boissevain, Wesley Barresi, Sikandar Zulfiqar, Tonny Staal.
Coach: Mark O’Donnell
Belfast Titans: Shahid Afridi (icon player), JP Duminy (marquee player), Luke Wright, Colin Ingram, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Ilyas, Aaron Summers, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson, Mark Adair, Boyd Rankin, Shane Getkate, Craig Young, Andy McBrine, Stuart Thompson, Greg Thompson.
Coach: Ian Pont
Dublin Chiefs:Eoin Morgan (icon player), Babar Azam (marquee player), Mohammad Amir, Harry Gurney, Daniel Christian, Robbie Frylinck, Corbin Bosch, Andy Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker, Josh Little, Simi Singh, Tyrone Kane, Gareth Delaney, Harry Tector.
Coach: Daniel Vettori
Edinburgh Rocks: Martin Guptill (icon player), Chris Lynn (marquee player), Corey Anderson, Matt Henry, Tymal Mills, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anton Devcich, Dwaine Pretorius, Waqar Salamkheil, Kyle Coetzer, Calum MacLeod, Mark Watt, Michael Leask, Craig Wallace, Gavin Main, Adrian Neill, Dylan Budge, Oliver Hairs.
Coach: Mark Ramprakash
Glasgow Giants: Brendon McCullum (icon player), Dale Steyn (marquee player), Ravi Bopara, Moises Henriques, Heinrich Klaasen, JJ Smuts, Usman Shinwari, Qais Ahmad, Richie Berrington, George Munsey, Alasdair Evans, Safyaan Sharif, Matthew Cross, Tom Sole, Scott Cameron, Hamza Tahir, Michael Jones.
Coach: Lance Klusener
Rotterdam Rhinos:Rashid Khan (icon player), Luke Ronchi (marquee player), Samit Patel, Peter Trego, Fakhar Zaman, Hardus Viljoen, Shaheen Afridi, Anwar Ali, Max O’Dowd, Pieter Seelaar, Scott Edwards, Fred Klaassen, Shane Snater, Stephan Myburgh, Saqib Zulfiqar, Vivian Kingma, Bas de Leede.
Coach: Herschelle Gibbs
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