The ICC Sports League T10 is back for its second season after a highly successful first season that took the cricketing world by storm. With 8 teams, 90 minutes per match and over 100 of the best players featuring in this mini version of the T20 format, the league was a blast among supporters when it made its debut last year. Such was the love and viewership the league gathered that the number of teams have been increased to eight from six, meaning more entertainment, matches and competitive matches for us. And the second year of the league promises to be even more fun, with top stars signed up by teams in the mini-draft in Dubai.
Rashid Khan, Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum and Andre Russell are among the big names who will take part in ICC Sports League. The eight franchises gathered for a mini-draft, where they picked their icon players and chose four players to retain from their 2017 squads. The six existing teams were allowed to retain two players in category A and one each in B and C while the two new teams had an open list to pick their new set of five payers from.
Each team signed up one superstar in their team who will be known as their icon player. The best of the best were picked by the teams after much strategising by them to build as strong a team as possible.
Afghanistani spinner Rashid Khan and McCullum will be the icon players for Maratha Arabians and Rajputs respectively. Lynn and Russell were picked by Rajputs and Northern Warriors as their icon players. On the other hand, the Pakhtoons retained Shahid Afridi as their icon player. Shoaib Malik and Eoin Morgan were retained by their respective sides as well as icon players and renewed their ties with Punjabi Legends and Kerala Kings respectively. In the only shift of an icon player, Darren Sammy has from Bengal Tigers to the newly inducted Northern Warriors franchise. The other new team, Karachians, signed up Shane Watson as its icon player.
The inclusion of two new teams in ICC Sports League T10 will increase the length of the tournament this year. From 13 matches over four days last year to 28 over ten days, offering us double the excitement and double the matches.