16 Dec 2020: All eight teams to compete in Abu Dhabi T10 League
The Abu Dhabi T10 League has confirmed that the eight teams, which participated in the tournament's third edition last year, will return for the fourth season.
Notably, the league is scheduled to be played from January 28 to February 6, next year at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Shaji UI Mulk, founder and chairman, T10 Sports Management, confirmed the development.
Here is more.
Fact: Here are the eight sides that will compete
The eight sides that will participate in the impending edition are Team Abu Dhabi, Maratha Arabians, Bangla Tigers, Deccan Gladiators, Qalandars, Delhi Bulls, Northern Warriors, and the Karnataka Tuskers (will be rebranded as Pune Devils).
Return: CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket expresses his elation
Here is what Matt Boucher, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Cricket, said, "The return of all the team ownership groups is fantastic news. The owners are the bedrock of the Abu Dhabi T10."
He added, "Their continued support to the event provides all our public and private stakeholders in Abu Dhabi with the platform to build a stronger annual product."
Fact: The league was rescheduled due to COVID-19 pandemic
The 10-over league was earlier slated to be played from November 18-29. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 forced it to be postponed to January-February. Notably, Sony Pictures Network will also return as the league's official broadcaster for the second consecutive year.
2019: Arabians won the 2019 edition of the tournament
The Dwayne Bravo-led Arabians won the 2019 edition of the Dubai T10 League.
They defeated Deccan Gladiators by eight wickets in the final to win the tournament.
Australian opener Chris Lynn was named the Player of the Tournament.
Notably, the tournament saw an incredible 1,24,000 fans turning up across 10 days, and a global television audience of over 80 million.
Title: Our team is committed to defend the title
Reflecting on the same, the co-owner of Arabians, Parvez Khan, said, "Our team is committed to defend the Abu Dhabi T10 title and make history by becoming the first side to win the tournament back to back. We have a fantastic team and I am certain everyone will give their best to bring the trophy home again."