Defending champions Kerala Kings have been placed in the same group as the two new teams for the upcoming second season of the Heera Group T10 League to be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE this November 2018.
In the event organized for announcing draw, Kerala Kings, placed in Group A will be up against the two debutants Karachians and Rajputs as well as the Pakhtoons, who competed in the first edition last year.
In Group B, Bengal Tigers, Maratha Arabians, and Northern Warriors will have to overcome season 1 runner-ups Punjab Legends.
Shafi Ul Mulk, the Kerala Kings team owner, spoke to Gulf News about the development and said, "We are thrilled to be seeded one in Group A due to being the champions. The fact that we have been clubbed with the two new franchises Karachians and Rajputs is exciting."
"These two teams have picked great icons and match-winners in the recent mini draft and hence it will be an intense challenge for us." he added.
On the development of the league, Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of T10 League and T10 Sports Management, was quoted saying, “The T10 League is gaining ground with the formal recognition of the International Cricket Council and the interest shown by the stakeholders that encouraged us to add two new teams to the league,”
"Today’s Team Draw is a testimony to the growing popularity of not only the T10 League — but also the game of cricket — which could now be played and in less than 90 minutes." he further added, "I am pleased to announce the Team Draw led by last year’s Champions Kerala Kings and Runners-Up Punjabi Legends. This year’s T10 League will help expand and popularise the game of cricket further. We see this as a growing movement and I urge all to join this and help take the game further."
Having been given the ICC recognition recently, the tournament will be played in the UAE from November 23 to December 2, 2018.
Group A:- Kerala Kings, Karachians, Pakhtoon, Rajputs
Group B:- Punjabi Legends, Bengal Tigers, Maratha Arabians, Northern Warriors
(Inputs from tribune.com.pk)