Abu Dhabi, October 5: The Abu Dhabi T10 League is in readiness to enthrall the world in yet another season in November-December this year. The organisers on Tuesday (October 5) unveiled the roster of hard-hitting cricket stars as the icon players of all the teams in the league.
The biggest cricket stars from around the globe, including but notwithstanding Faf du Plessis, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Chris Gayle will feature in the fifth season of the one-of-a-kind cricket extravaganza, which will be held from 19 November - 4 December 2021.
With the Abu Dhabi T10 League Players Draft set to be held on November 7, a whopping 1186 players from 26 cricketing nations have put their hands up to have an opportunity to play in one of the most exciting cricket leagues in the world.
Garnering tremendous interest from cricketers from all corners of the world, the Abu Dhabi T10 League has received the highest-ever number of registrations for its Players Draft this year, signifying the ever-growing popularity of the league.
Faf du Plessis in Bangla Tigers: With a monument of runs and experience in his career, former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis will take centre stage as the icon player for the Bangla Tigers. The stylish right-hand batsman has proved his firepower with over 6,500 runs in his T20 career.
Andre Russell in Deccan Gladiators: With over 500 sixes to his name in T20s, the West Indian superstar Andre Russell will feature as the icon player of the Deccan Gladiators. The hard-hitting all-rounder has racked up more than 6,000 runs and 300 wickets in T20s.
Nicholas Pooran in Maratha Arabians: The aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran is primed to set the stage on fire as the icon player for the Maratha Arabians. The West Indian has scored over 3,700 runs in T20 cricket along with taking 108 catches and effecting 17 stumpings.
Liam Livingstone in Team Abu Dhabi: With exuberant hitting and wicket-taking abilities, Liam Livingstone will headline Team Abu Dhabi as its icon player for this season. The English all-rounder has smashed over 3,900 runs and picked up over 50 wickets in T20 cricket.
Jason Roy in Delhi Bulls: The hard-hitting opening batsman Jason Roy is all set to show his ball-striking prowess as the icon player of the Delhi Bulls. The Englishman has smacked over 6,600 runs in his T20 career with a strike rate of well over 140.
Chris Jordan in Northern Warriors: Experienced campaigner Chris Jordan, who has taken over 250 wickets in his T20 career, will feature as the icon player of the Northern Warriors. The English fast bowler has recorded an impressive bowling average of 27.45 in 243 T20 matches.
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Speaking about the power-packed icon player line-up for Season 5 of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman, T10 Sports Management said, "We are absolutely thrilled to have these star players feature as the icon players in the Abu Dhabi T10 League. The league is nothing without its players and fans and therefore we couldn't be more delighted about welcoming some of the biggest cricket stars to the Abu Dhabi T10 League once again. We are absolutely overwhelmed to see the number of cricketers registering for the Abu Dhabi T10 League Players Draft. The talent pool of the Abu Dhabi T10 League grows manifold with each season."
The full squads of each of the franchises will be confirmed following the Abu Dhabi T10 League Players Draft on 7 October 2021. The Abu Dhabi T10 League Players Draft will be live-streamed on the official Abu Dhabi T10 League page on YouTube at 7 pm IST.