England captain Eoin Morgan voiced his support for the inclusion of T10 cricket in the Olympics.
“The one thing that T10 offers above the three formats that makes it so appealing to an Olympic games or a Commonwealth games is the fact that you can play a whole tournament in the space of 10 days,” Morgan said during the launch of Abu Dhabi T10 League. “To have a tournament in such a short space of time maximises the opportunity and the exposure that it will have for the sport. When you can play a cricket tournament in 8-10 days it really does make it appealing, and on top of that it really would be extremely entertaining.”
Morgan, who leads the Delhi Bulls franchise in the 10-over competition, added that the second half of an innings is deemed more important in a T20 game but the initial stages in a T10 match are more crucial. “You need to make the most of that very short powerplay, so who you put in those key positions and in the form that they’re in, is the most critical factor and equally, when you’re bowling, it’s about having the most effective guys on and performing in the biggest part of the game, because in T10, you can be so far behind the game if you let the opposition get off to a really good start.”
He added that the fans also get to see their favourite players perform in the tournament. “Every team has an icon or one highly-prized professional that people want to come and watch and that is extremely appealing.”
The 2020 edition of the T10 League will take place in Abu Dhabi from November 19 to November 28. The competition will start four days after the conclusion of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.
However, the start of the competition is subjected to government clearance.