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T10 League receives ICC approval for second season

Cricket’s T10 League has been officially sanctioned for a second season by the International Cricket Council, with two new teams set to join the competition.

The new season will begin on November 23 in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and will run for 10 days.

Organisers of the innovative league, which features contests of 10 overs per side that last no longer than 90 minutes, said the fresh backing from the ICC will provide the competition with a “shot in the arm” as it seeks to establish its position within the sport.

T10 League chairman Shaji Ul Mulk said: “This sanction from ICC for T10 League gives our partners, stakeholders and more importantly the players a much-needed boost. Having said that, it additionally gives us responsibility to ensure we keep growing year-on-year and make this format globally acceptable.”

Zayed Abbas, board member and official spokesperson of the Emirates Cricket Board, added: “We shared the vision and belief of the organisers in this format. From here on, it is important to grow the league and the format and ensure that players, teams and the fans get an experience to remember.”

The second edition of the tournament will feature the likes of Rashid Khan, Shahid Afridi, Brendon McCullum and Darren Sammy. Last season’s T10 League was won by the Kerala Kings, which were led by Eoin Morgan (pictured), who will also return this year.