Maratha Arabians face Northern Warriors in Abu Dhabi T10 opening match
The eight-team T0 tournament will kick off on January 28 and the final will be played on February 6
Defending champions Maratha Arabians will take on 2018 winners Northern Warriors in the opening match of the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10, organisers of the star-studded tournament announced on Thursday.
The eight-team T0 tournament will kick off on January 28 and the final will be played on February 6. The majestic Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi will host all the matches.
“Abu Dhabi T10 is the fastest action packed format and the future of cricket. I am pleased to announce the exciting season four tournament schedule,” said Shaji Ul-Mulk, Chairman – Ten Sports Management.
“We have the world’s best cricketers on show – from West Indian superstars Chris Gayle and Dwayne ‘DJ’ Bravo to Shoaib Malik – who all attest to its appeal and to how cricket is quickly evolving.”
The eight teams have been divided into two groups. The teams will play three matches each in the group stage before heading into the Super League on February 1.
A total of 12 matches in the group stage, followed by 12 more in the Super League, will give way to the playoffs from February 5.
The top two ranked teams will take on each other in the Qualifier for a place in the final, while the third and fourth-ranked teams will be up against each other in Eliminator 1 on February 5.
Thereafter the runners-up in the Qualifier will play against the winners of Eliminator 1 in Eliminator 2 for a place in the final on the same day.
The third-place match and the final will be held on February 6.
The Maratha Arabians, Bangla Tigers, Delhi Bulls and Northern Warriors will battle it out in Group A, while last season’s finalists Deccan Gladiators will be up against Qalandars, Team Abu Dhabi and Pune Devils in Group B.
Group stage schedule:
Maratha vs Northern Warriors
Pune Devils vs Deccan Gladiators
Delhi Bulls vs Bangla Tigers
Pune Devils vs Qalandars
Maratha Arabians vs Delhi Bulls
Deccan Gladiators vs Team Abu Dhabi
Bangla Tigers vs Maratha Arabians
Team Abu Dhabi vs Qalandars
Northern Warriors vs Delhi Bulls
Team Abu Dhabi vs Pune Devils
Bangla Tigers vs Northern Warriors
Qalandars vs Deccan Gladiators
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