Mark your calendars for an exhilarating event as the inaugural season of the Zim Afro T10 League is set to kick off from July 20 to 29. Prepare for ten action-packed days filled with thrilling cricket matches, all taking place in the vibrant city of Harare.
Exciting times lie ahead for Indian cricket enthusiasts as six retired Indian cricketers, including World Cup champions Sreesanth, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, and Robin Uthappa, are gearing up to showcase their skills in the upcoming Zim Afro T10 League.
This highly anticipated tournament, known as the sister league to the Abu Dhabi T10 League, promises to deliver thrilling matches and captivating moments.
The inaugural edition of the Zim Afro League will feature five franchises: Harare Hurricanes, Bulawayo Braves, Cape Town Samp Army, Durban Qalandars, and Joburg Buffaloes. These teams will fiercely compete against each other, aiming to claim the championship title.
To determine the team line-ups, a draft for the tournament recently took place. Four Indian players, namely Stuart Binny, Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan, and Parthiv Patel, successfully secured contracts with the franchises.
Prior to the draft, Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa had already signed with their respective teams in the Zim Afro T10 League.
The first season of the Zim Afro T10 League is scheduled to take place from July 20 to 29, with all matches set to be held in Harare. Cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the action-packed matches and are filled with anticipation to see which team will emerge victorious in this inaugural season.
The announcement of team owners in the Zim Afro T10 League has captured the attention of fans in both India and Pakistan. Bollywood celebrity Sanjay Dutt owns the Harare Hurricanes, while the Durban Qalandars are owned by the same team owners as the Lahore Qalandars of the Pakistan Super League. The Bulawayo Braves and Cape Town Samp Army share owners with the Chennai Braves and Morrisville Samp Army of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, respectively. The team owners for the Joburg Buffaloes are yet to be revealed.
With the participation of several prominent Indian cricketers, it is expected that the T10 matches will attract a significant viewership in India. Cricket fans eagerly await the start of the tournament and are excited to witness the intense competition on the field.
In the meantime, the Board of Control for Cricket in India plans to introduce a new concept called the “cooling off period,” which aims to prohibit immediate participation of retired cricketers in new leagues. This move is intended to address certain concerns and ensure the integrity of the sport.