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Abu Dhabi T10 League a great success

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Filed on November 26, 2019 | Last updated on November 27, 2019 at 04.52 pm

Suhail Galadari (second left), Director of Galadari Brothers; Dwayne Bravo, captain of Maratha Arabians (right); and Aref Hamad Al Awani (second right), General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council; at the presentation ceremony.-Ryan Lim

Suhail Galadari (right), Director of Galadari Brothers, with Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of Abu Dhabi T10. Photo by Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times

Maratha Arabians players celebrate a wicket.-Photo by Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times

A view of the Zayed Cricket Stadium.-Photo by Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times

Lasith Malinga.-Photo by Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times

Ali Shaji Ul Mulk (left), Chairman of Abu Dhabi T10; Talal Al Dhiyebi (second left), CEO of Aldar Properties; Aref Al Awani (second right), General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council; Parvez Khan (right), owner of Maratha Arabians.- Ryan Lim

Andre Russell.-Photo by Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times

Moeen Ali.-Photo by Ryan Lim/Khaleej Times

Backed by Abu Dhabi Government entities, the competition had its thrills and spills and saw a fitting match-up between bat and ball

A new name, a new venue and a bigger and better show. That sums up the third iteration of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 League, which concluded in the country's capital on Sunday night.

Now that the dust has settled after the gold dust had been showered on Dwayne Bravo's Maratha Arabians at the Zayed Cricket Stadium, each and every soul involved with cricket's newest baby, can let their hair down and afford to break into a leg.

Perhaps, even to the 'Champion' song created, patented and made famous by Bravo himself. Bravo and his team of assembled superstars as well as the unknown heroes did break into a dance to that tune, after holding aloft the trophy.

This installment of the cricket's first-ever 10-over format League in the world, was a resounding success.

Backed by Abu Dhabi Government entities, the competition had its thrills and spills and saw a fitting match-up between bat and ball.

The Abu Dhabi strip was generous to the bowlers. Fittingly enough, it was the bowlers who shone on the final night.

The Arabians bowling attack had the Deccan Gladiators under the pump and their superlative effort laid the groundwork for the triumph.

More than anything, this third edition was also a learning curve as the format continues its evolution.

Abu Dhabi Cricket were new to the whole gig and it must be said, they did a good job of it.

Overall, it was a 10 on 10 for the Abu Dhabi T10.

james@khaleejtimes.com

 

 


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