Abu Dhabi T10 League: Qalandars retain English Batsman Tom Banton


Tom Banton had withdrawn from the Big Bash League citing bio-calling requirements.© Twitter

English cricketer Tom Banton, who had withdrawn from the Big Bash League (BBL) over bio-bubble demands, has been detained by the Qalandars for the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10 competition. The showpiece will be played from January 28 to February 6 at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. “KEEP BANTON – @ QalandarsT10 have kept the explosive opening batsman @ TBanton18 for the # AbuDhabiT10!” The League’s official handle tweeted. Last week, former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi had signed a contract with the Qalandars as an icon player for the upcoming tournament.


According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, Afridi had signed a similar deal in 2019, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) refused to issue NOCs for all active and retired Pakistani players to play in the league, resulting in a diplomatic crisis between Pakistan and UAE.

During the fourth edition of the tournament, the new franchise Pune Devils will make their debut at the fast event.

The eight teams, to compete from January 28 to February 6, are Team Abu Dhabi, Maratha Arabians, Bangla Tigers, Deccan Gladiators, Qalandars, Delhi Bulls, Northern Warriors and the Karnataka Tuskers who have been renamed Pune. Devils.

Dwayne Bravo is the former captain of the West India cricket team and the Delhi Bulls have seized the opportunity to sign the West India all-rounder as their player for this season.


Meanwhile, the defending champions Maratha Arabians have decided to gain experience for this season as they have signed World T20-winning player Shoaib Malik as their icon player. The former Pakistan captain will lead the Arabs this season of the ADT10.

Abu Dhabi T10 is the only ICC approved T10 cricket tournament in the world.

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