Talks are already under way about staging 10-over matches in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, according to the creator of the T10 Cricket League (TCL).
Shahid Afridi, Eoin Morgan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Inzamam-ul-Haq were all present as the new league was officially announced at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai on Tuesday night.
The first six-team, T10 league will take place at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in December.
Two of the franchises, Colombo Lions and Bangla Tigers, will be co-managed by officials from the Sri Lanka and Bangladesh cricket boards respectively.
Inzamam, the former batsman great who is Pakistan’s chief selector, is a co-owner of the Punjabi Legends, franchise.
Shaji Ul Mulk, the TCL chairman and competition founder, hopes the new initiative, with matches being completed inside 90 minutes, will be a success similar to that of T20 cricket.
The UAE-based businessman also foresees a time when the format will be played at international level.
“We are talking to Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh about having T10 cricket there,” Shaji said.
“The first year is going to be critical. If the game is executed correctly and picked up the way it should be, it could be adopted at regional level, national, and then international level.”
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Afridi said he is “very excited” to play in such a brief format. “When [Pakhtoons franchise owner Habib Khan] came to me tell me about this, I said ‘Please, let me play in this format’,”
Misbah, who only recently retired from the game, is happy to have the chance to be involved again.
“Whoever came up with this idea did a wonderful job,” Misbah said. “It is a new concept, and for players like me, it is good for us with the kind of age we are – only 10 overs cricket.
“There is no need to go there and think a lot, and I think something new like this is good for the cricket fan.”
The UAE seems a neat fit to trial the new format, given the emirates’ affinity with limited-overs cricket.