Players and officials of the Ajman T10 tournament unveil the trophy.
Mohammad Abdullah, Sports Reporter
In a groundbreaking move to scout the local talent, Ajman Cricket Council (ACC) launched the Ajman T10 Talent Hunt League, which will be held from Nov.30-Dec.4. All the matches will be played at Eden Garden Ajman Ground.
A total of 10 teams will battle it out for the top honours. The outstanding performers in the tournament may get a chance to rub their shoulders with the international stars like Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales and Sohail Tanveer to name a few.
As the name suggests, the tournament is being held to spot young talents and give them a chance to play alongside world-class cricketers at the Abu Dhabi T10’s fourth edition to be held from Jan.28 to Feb.6, 2021.
The top performers of the tourney will be referred to the Players Management Council of the Abu Dhabi T10’s.
The trophy of the tournament was unveiled in the presence of all the participating team representatives and aspiring cricketers, who will look to impress the selectors with individual performances.
International cricketers and renowned coaches like Saqlain Mushtaq and Lalchand Rajput also gave motivating speeches via video conference to boost the morale of the young aspirants.
A draw was held and the teams were divided into two groups of five teams each.
The tournament will be held under the patronage of the T10 Sports Management FZE under the auspices of the Ajman Cricket Council. The organisers of this tournament are Mahmood Merchant, Khalil Goltay, and former UAE cricketer and renowned coach Shahzad Altaf.
“The first match will be played on Nov.30 at 8 pm. All the matches will be of 90 minutes each. The second match will start from 10 pm. A total of 23 matches will be staged.
“Six matches will be held from Dec.1-3, while the opening day will witness two games only. The semifinal and final to be held on Dec.4,” informed Merchant.
Pools: Group A: Inter Marine Group, Brother Gas, GFC Investment, Karwan Strikers, Pacific Goltay
Group B: Golden Falcon, Atlas Foundation, Kings Academy, Team MGM, Orakzai Warriors.
Participants can only register as individuals, not as teams, and they can choose from two categories: the Challenger category, which is open to people aged 14 to 60, and the Explorer category that is open to people aged 17-60.
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