Abu Dhabi T10 guide and preview: Everything you need to know
With the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 League set to start on 28 January, here is your complete guide to the fourth edition of the tournament.
What is it?
The Abu Dhabi T10 League is a 10-over cricket tournament that takes place every year.
It is the only 10-over competition in the world that is sanctioned by the International Cricket Council.
The 2021 edition will be the fourth season of the tournament.
Where is it taking place?
The 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 League will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
All matches will be held at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
When is it?
The 2021 tournament starts on Thursday 28 January and is scheduled to end on 6 February.
How does it work?
Each side gets 10 overs to bat, with each bowler allowed two overs.
The powerplay lasts three overs at the beginning of each innings, with a maximum of two players outside the 30-yard circle. After this, a maximum of five players are allowed outside the ring.
Each match has a duration of around 90 minutes.
What is the format?
The tournament is made up of eight teams, which are split into two groups of four.
Each team will play the other sides in their group once before the tournament moves into a Super League phase.
In this phase, each team plays three more games. Their opponents are decided by their place in the initial group phase.
For example, the team who finishes first in Group A will play the teams who finished second, third and fourth in Group B.
The team who finishes second in Group A will play the teams who finished first, third and fourth in Group B, and so on.
The teams who finish in the top four following the Super League phase will then move into the knockout rounds.
The first and second-placed sides will first face off in the Qualifier, with the winner advancing to the final and the loser dropping into Eliminator 2.
The third and fourth-placed sides will then face off in Eliminator 1, with the loser dropping out of the tournament and the winner facing the loser of the Qualifier in Eliminator 2.
The winner of Eliminator 2 then moves onto the final.
TEAM ABU DHABI
Coach: Dougie Brown
Icon: Chris Gayle
Notable players: Luke Wright, Chris Morris, Paul Stirling
Coach: Lalchand Rajput
Icon: Shoaib Malik
Notable players: Mohammad Hafeez, Laurie Evans, Mosaddek Hossain
Coach: Thilina Kandamby
Icon: Afif Hossain
Notable players: Isuru Udana, Andre Fletcher, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Coach: Mushtaq Ahmed
Icon: Sunil Narine
Notable players: Kieron Pollard, Colin Ingram, Imran Tahir
Coach: Aaqib Javed
Icon: Shahid Afridi
Notable players: Samit Patel, Tom Banton, Chris Jordan
Coach: Andy Flower
Icon: Dwayne Bravo
Notable players: Mohammad Nabi, Ravi Bopara, Evin Lewis
Coach: Robin Singh
Icon: Nicholas Pooran
Notable players: Andre Russell, Wahab Riaz, Lendl Simmons
Coach: Jonty Rhodes
Icon: Thisara Perera
Notable players: Mohammad Amir, Ajantha Mendis, Hardus Viljoen
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