The inaugural edition of Abu Dhabi T20 Cup will be kicked off today, where world’s 6 most exciting teams are going to compete for the title at Zaid cricket Stadium. In this tournament teams from, Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Pakistan are going to feature for the first time. The three days cricket extravaganza starts with Auckland Aces to face Boost Defenders today at 4pm UAE Standard time, in the later game of the evening Lahore Qalandars to face Yorkshire Vikings from T20 Blast.
Top International stars will be playing for the teams including Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq, (Both are making a comeback after a while in a full event) Shaheen Shah Afridi, Farhan Behardien, Nuwan Kulasekara, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Duckett, Chris Morris, Albie Morkel, Craig Cachopa, Colin Ingram, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Kyle Abbott and Johan Botha.
Few cricketing fans terming this Abu Dhabi T20 Cup as a Mini Champions League T20 (CLT20), a tournament scrapped by the organizers in 2014 after staging six editions from 2009 to 2014. Somehow it resembles to that competition too, but it is totally a different event which is going to be witnessing some exciting cricket.
1 SLEEP TO GO! On the eve of #AbuDhabiT20, the skippers struck a pose this morning against the backdrop of the city’s skyline! The 6 teams are packed to the brim with ballistic batsmen, explosive bowlers & jaw-dropping all-rounders, guaranteed to make it a weekend to remember! pic.twitter.com/cxOQj8sKFx
— Abu Dhabi Cricket (@AbuDhabiCricket) October 3, 2018
If you are wondering about the team names who are participating in the competition here are the names: Auckland Aces from New Zealand, Lahore Qalandars from Pakistan, Hobart Hurricanes from Australia, Yorkshire Vikings from the England, Boost Defenders from Afghanistan and Multiply Titans from South Africa.
One of the exciting thing for Pakistani cricket fans that their most loveable team of the Pakistan Super League is participating in the competition; noticeably they are going with the many players who were picked during their Player Development Program. Lahore Qalandars just completed their biggest Player Development Program in Pakistan, in which more than 120 thousand aspiring players appeared in the open trail held at different locations of Upper
Pakistan and major cities of the Punjab. They also organized a complete tournament, matches were hosted by AJK city Abottabad and Pakistan’s cricket hub Qaddafi Stadium Lahore, Lahori Qalandars defeated Faisalabad Qalandars in a close encounter. The players from that exciting process have joined Lahore Qalandars team to play in the Abu Dhabi T20 Cup. Their names are Majid Ali, Mohammad Faizan, Farzan Raja, Maaz Khan, Salman Irshad and several others from the player development program.
Salman Irshad is thankful to Lahore Qalandars for developing his skills throughout the year & giving him great opportunities.
He is hopeful that Abu Dhabi T20 will be a great tournament for him and he will live up to the expectations of his fans. @AbuDhabiCricket #DamaDamMast pic.twitter.com/eKBixHbtFw
— Lahore Qalandars🏏 (@lahoreqalandars) September 30, 2018
No doubt it is a great opportunity for a player like who never ever thought in this year’s July, that he will be representing Qalandars in October at Abu Dhabi T20 Cup, no doubt Player Development Program is making Pakistani youngsters dreams true. Everyone knows the value of this opportunity and definitely they are going to grab this and eying to play in PSL this season after giving their best shot in this all important competition. Another exciting news for fans back in Pakistan, that Lahore Qalandars introduced the induction of the veteran All-Rounder Abdul Razzak and an exciting top order batsman Imran Nazir, both are in the news since their announcements of playing for Qalandars in this competition, no doubt the oppositions are keeping an eye on their come back.
The tournament, in Pakistan, will be broadcasted by Geo Super.
Complete Schedule of Abu Dhabi T20
Date Timings Details Venue
4th October 2018
4:00 PM Auckland Aces v Boost Defenders Zaid Cricket Stadium
8:00 PM Lahore Qalandars v Yorkshire Vikings Zaid Cricket Stadium
5th October 2018
3:00 PM Lahore Qalandars v Hobart Hurricane Zaid Cricket Stadium
7:00 PM Multiply Titans v Boost Defenders Zaid Cricket Stadium
6th October 2018
11:00 AM Yorkshire Vikings v Hobart Hurricane Zaid Cricket Stadium
3:00 PM Multiply Titans v Auckland Aces Zaid Cricket Stadium
8:00 PM Group A1 v Group B1 Zaid Cricket Stadium
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