Pakistan is just loving the cricket-fever nowadays, after all, international cricket is back after years! Once again, the country showed its love for the game with the launch of the world’s first T10 Cricket League in Dubai.

Emirates Cricket Board member Shaji ul Mulk and Salman Iqbal, the CEO and President of ARY Digital Network and owner of Karachi Kings, are the joint partners of the T10 league. Mr. Shaji is the chairman while Mr. Iqbal is the president of the league.

The ten-over-a-side matches will spread over 90 minutes (45 minutes each side) in Sharjah, the details of which were announced here on Tuesday.

“Everyone has played T-10 cricket on the streets and this will give more fire to cricket and will be a big step forward and people will definitely enjoy it,” Salman Iqbal

The game will star former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, Shahid Afridi, England’s T20 skipper Eoin Morgan, India’s Virender Sehwag, and other big names.

The format will start in December from 21-24th.

“When I was told of the idea I was thrilled and requested that I want to play,”- Shahid Afridi

England’s current one-day and Twenty20 captain Morgan was confident that T-10 cricket will have an impact. “The whole concept is exciting,” said Morgan. “We all remember when the first time Twenty20 cricket was played and since then it (twenty20) has impacted the other formats. If this new idea takes off then I am sure it will also impact the other forms of the game.”

The format will be split into 4 teams and the players will be drafted at month end.

“Its an exciting idea and a good thing for players like me. It will need just ten overs of batting and then fielding and at this age I can afford that.”- Misbah-ul-Haq