The who’s who of World Cricket participated in a magnanimous draft of the Abu Dhabi T10 league, held in the country’s capital on Thursday. In what turned out to be a thrilling draft ceremony, the names of a plethora of superstars were revealed.
Notably, there was no Indian cricketer in the 110-player draft. However, the chairman of the Abu Dhabi T10 League has alluded that they are in talks with former Indian all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh and that talks are in the final stage of negotiations, following which a formal announcement will be made.
“Yuvraj Singh is almost there. We hope to make an announcement soon. We are in the final stages of negotiations with him.” ” tournament chairman Shaji Ul Mulk said as quoted by CricketNext.
Retired Yuvraj Singh might play T10 League
According to the rules laid down by the Board of C0ntrol for Cricket in India (BCCI), no Indian player- unless retired- can participate in foreign Leagues and Shaji Ul Malik alluded to the same when asked about the absence of Indian players from the draft.
“This season, we are limited by the BCCI’s policy of having only retired India players in leagues outside India,” noted Shaji Ul Mulk.
In July, Yuvraj Singh had retired from International cricket, bringing curtains on a celebrated 17-year-old career, in a bid to participate in franchise cricket around the world
Meanwhile, the upcoming edition of T10 League is expected to be a magnanimous affair with the likes of England captain Eoin Morgan, Pakistan pace spearhead Mohammad Amir, Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, Moeen Ali, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, and many other superstars set to take center stage. And, it is not only the players but also the marquee coaches that will be making their presence felt. Trevor Baylis, England’s World Cup-winning coach, who will be spearheading Team Abu Dhabi also spoke about the importance of the T10 format.
“T10 cricket is big, and it’s bold, but it also requires a certain style of player and capability. It tests players’ tactical talent and skills at the very highest level.” Bayliss said.
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