Shoaib Malik to lead Maratha Arabians in Abu Dhabi T10

KARACHI:Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik is set to feature in the second season of the Abu Dhabi T10 Tournament as the captain and Icon Player for the defending champions Maratha Arabians.

The Abu Dhabi T10 will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from 28th January 28 to February 6, 2021.

“It’s always nice to be part of something positive in the game,” Malik said. “T10 is a perfect advert to bring new audiences to cricket as it’s short, exciting and a great way to show the best of cricket, especially the new skills that players are continually bringing.”

Malik, who has scored over 11,000 runs in international cricket, said that he is looking forward to playing with his long-time Pakistan teammate Mohammad Hafeez in the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10.

“It will be nice to be a teammate with my long-time international colleague Mohammad Hafeez. Plus, there are always new stars to identify as T10 offers fantastic opportunities and exposure to so many players. Hopefully, those new stars will come from Maratha Arabians.”

The 39-year-old further added that his team will look to enjoy their cricket in the Abu Dhabi T10.

“We have a mixture of experience and raw talent so hopefully we can all come together and contribute to the team cause and see if we can enjoy our cricket and win a few matches. You never know in T10. It’s an unpredictable format, which is why it’s exciting,” he said.

The defending champions Maratha Arabians are set to open the second season of Abu Dhabi T10 with a clash against the Northern Warriors at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 28 January.

Abu Dhabi T10 is the world’s only ten-over cricket tournament officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). The tournament is played over ten days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final.