Zimbabwe Cricket convinced newly launched Zim-Afro T10 competition will be a success

Zimbabwe Cricket convinced newly launched T10 competition will be a success ZC managing director Givemore Makoni (left) with Global T10 Sports with Zim Cyber City founder and chairperson Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk and Zim Cyber City CEO Tendayi Hlupo-Mamvura during the launch of Zim-Afro T10 competition at Harare Sports Club on Friday

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) managing director Givemore Makoni believes the upcoming edition of the inaugural Zim-Afro T10 competition will further boost the popularity of the sport of cricket in the country due to its potential to attract some of the big names in world cricket.

The Zim-Afro T10 competition, which is slated to take place at Harare Sports Club in August was launched at an event in Harare on Friday.

Six privately owned franchises are expected to compete in the event which will be sponsored to the tune of US300 000 in its inaugural season.

The Zim-Afro T20 competition was initially established last year by Zimbabwe Cricket in partnership with Mulk International – the founding company of the Abu Dhabi T10.

Makoni said they are confident that the tournament will be popular with local cricket enthusiasts due to its potential to attract top players from around the world.

“Those who follow cricket will realize that there are a lot of leagues mushrooming around the world. As we speak there is the IPL in India, there The Hundred in England and the Big Bash In Australia. In this format, there is the Sri Lanka T10 and the Abu Dhabi T10. I have been lucky to witness its final (Abu Dhabi T10) and I can tell you it’s something big which is coming to our country,” Makoni said.

“We as Zimbabwe Cricket approached Mulk Holdings to try and set up a T10 format here. It’s an exciting format just 90 minutes long like football and keeps fans on the edge and I am sure with the number of crowds around Zimbabwe it is something we can look forward to.

“It will bring in stars from all over the world and people you are used to watching on TV will be in our country,” Makoni added.

Global T10 Sports and Zim Cyber City founder and chairperson Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk said they are excited to bring T10 cricket to Zimbabwe.

“T10 cricket being a new concept and to be adopted and played in a full member country like Zimbabwe is extremely important for us. Since it’s a Zim-Afro Cup so it’s more of the whole African region so we will have to hold the competition in different African countries.

“We are actually planning to have 24 games in 12 days so the weekends will have three games and the weekdays will have two games,” he said.

Only 70 international players will be selected to feature in the competition through a draft featuring over 500 hopefuls while while a quota for local players will also be introduced.


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