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T10: Opening game against Maratha Arabians is going to be a blockbuster, says Wayne Parnell

South Africa's Wayne Parnell (left) will play for the Northern Warriors in the new season of the Abu Dhabi T10. (AFP file)
South Africa's Wayne Parnell (left) will play for the Northern Warriors in the new season of the Abu Dhabi T10. (AFP file)

Abu Dhabi - Wayne Parnell speaks about the beauty of the T10 format ahead of the Abu Dhabi tournament



By Team KT

Published: Thu 28 Jan 2021, 2:30 PM

Last updated: Thu 28 Jan 2021, 2:42 PM

South African fast bowler Wayne Parnell, who has taken over 200 wickets in T20s, is all set to turn up for the Northern Warriors in the new season of the Abu Dhabi T10.

The competition will be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from January 28 to February 6.

The 31-year-old player said the opening match between Northern Warriors and the defending champions Maratha Arabians is going to be a blockbuster.

"We are the first game up so we have to set off the tournament on a lovely note where everyone has to follow. The game against the Maratha Arabians is going to be a blockbuster. I am physically prepared and mentally as well," he said.

The South African added that he knows the playing conditions well in Abu Dhabi, even though he hasn't played a match in the city.

"I don't think I have played a match in Abu Dhabi, but I have toured here a couple of times. I am aware of the field, sometimes there's a breeze going one way and the type of surface that we generally have here. I am familiar with the conditions here. Generally, it's a good cricket wicket in Abu Dhabi, having watched a couple of the IPL games here as well, the wicket just seemed really really good," he said.

While speaking about the Warriors squad, Parnell said that he is very happy with the makeup of the team.

"We have a really good squad. I am looking to familiarise with the entire team. I think chemistry is very important and I have heard really good things about the guys (in the side)," he said.

The South African added that one will have to think on his feet in the T10 format.

"You have to adapt and you have to be smart and that's the beauty about this format. You have to think on your feet because the momentum of the innings changes every couple of balls so it's about trying to bring the momentum back to your side," Parnell signed off.


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