NEW DELHI,19.03.19-, 19th March 2019: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, will be the new home of T10 cricket for the next five years, starting with the 2019 season.

Abu Dhabi Cricket (ADC), in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has signed a five year agreement with the organisers of the T10 Cricket League. The shortest form of the game will now be played exclusively at Zayed Cricket Stadium.

To announce the arrival of this exciting new inter-governmental partnership, ADC, ADSC and DCT Abu Dhabi organised a T10 match on the seafront of Abu Dhabi's iconic Corniche, with T10 aces Colin Ingram, Andre Fletcher and Luke Ronchi having a bat on the beach.

His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: "This announcement is fantastic news for Abu Dhabi. Our city is a major global hub with a huge variety of attractions that cater to people of all ages and backgrounds, and the T10 tournament's presence the city for the next five years represents an exciting opportunity to attract even more visitors from around the globe, especially those from India who represent one of DCT Abu Dhabi's key markets.

"The signing of this agreement shows the level of cross-government support which is implemented in Abu Dhabi, hence we can celebrate how both ADSC and DCT Abu Dhabi are able to continue to collaborate in attracting major events to the emirate.

"DCT Abu Dhabi is keen to broaden the appeal of the emirate to as wide a demographic as possible and this agreement will help us reach out to many more potential visitors who can come and discover our extraordinary destination for themselves."

"T10 is fast, punchy, exciting cricket, making it perfect viewing for those of us living in the UAE," said His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council. "The decision to host T10 in Abu Dhabi is a fitting demonstration of our strategic investments in sporting infrastructure, such as training facilities and match stadiums which we've been making over recent years. T10 will bring the latest edge to a city known for its sporting credentials, from Formula 1, to the AFC Asian Cup and the Special Olympics World Games.

"Through bringing T10 to the capital of the nation, we hope cricket's sporting potential can reach more audiences and introduce more players, young and old, to both cricket and to the wider forms of sport available in Abu Dhabi," Al Awani concluded.

T10, in which only 120 balls are played in a fast-paced 90 minute game, was first introduced to the UAE in 2017. With eight squads vying for victory in games with an explosive pace, players featured have included Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Shane Watson and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

Shaji Ul Mulk, Innovator and Chairman of the T10 League, said: "T10 has landed onto the global cricket scene, and this combined partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council, DCT Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Cricket gives T10 a major boost in establishing itself as a credible international form of the game. We are very pleased to be moving to Zayed Cricket Stadium, as we take one of the world's most exciting sporting cities by storm. The third season of T10 cricket will allow over 100,000 fans the chance to see some of the biggest names in cricket battle it out on the pitch over 90 fast minutes of action.

"My thanks to both ADSC and DCT Abu Dhabi for their support of the T10 league. I'm excited to see the tournament in its new home of Abu Dhabi, cementing the city's reputation as a central destination for cricket lovers worldwide."

Matt Boucher, acting CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket, said: "Zayed Cricket Stadium has been a fulcrum for the city's sporting life, from providing high quality sport tuition right through to the very best first-class international cricket. This agreement is the perfect private-public partnership for a major sporting event, and you won't find one much bigger than the T10 in the UAE.

"This move to Zayed Cricket Stadium represents a big next step in the growth of Abu Dhabi's cricketing ecosystem, by giving fans access to a combined sports and entertainment offering through hosting all forms of the game. Whether its international Test matches or the now shortest form of cricket the game has to offer, we're continuing to be the home of the sport in the UAE.

Boucher continued: "Abu Dhabi Cricket has a mandate to both host the best-in-class international cricketing events, whilst also serving Abu Dhabi's multisport community. With eight teams and cricketing superstars showing up in Abu Dhabi later this year, we at Abu Dhabi Cricket can't wait to welcome the T10 League 2019 to Zayed Cricket Stadium for more action and excitement."

The first match of the T10 League 2019 will be on 23 October 2019. Tickets and hospitality information will be announced soon.

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About Abu Dhabi Cricket
Abu Dhabi Cricket Club is supported by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and operates under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. The Club is ushering in an exciting new era of cricket in Abu Dhabi with significant investment in facilities and operational upgrades.

Abu Dhabi Cricket Club (ADCC) was founded on 20th November 1996, with the impressive Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, named by global cable and satellite sports television channel ESPN as among the world's best, being completed in 2005.

The Stadium's inaugural international match was staged between India and Pakistan in April 2006 and was attended by 20,000 enthusiastic fans. The Stadium has since seen hundreds of domestic and international matches from the passion of Pakistan vs. India games to the party of the Indian Premier League to the celebrations of Afghanistan's victory in last year's Desert T20 tournament. The Stadium has also been used by several international associations as a winter training ground, most notably by the England Cricket Board.

Recent investments to develop the facility will ensure that the Stadium will be known for more than cricket. Indeed, Abu Dhabi Cricket will become the home for a range of coaching academies, clubs, groups and schools for football, touch rugby, tennis, netball, basketball, squash and much more.

About Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) was established in 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

ADSC is aligned to the emirate's leadership vision to develop sport and youth activities. The Council promotes an effective, emirate-wide sports calendar that stimulates the desire to participate in quality sports among all Abu Dhabi residents and helps the talented and motivated reach their sporting potential.

The Council also hosts and supports the staging of international world-class sporting events. These include: the annual Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA; the Formula 1TM Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix; the ITU World Triathlon Series; the Gary Player Invitational; the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour, the Red Bull Air Race; the Mubadala World Tennis Championship; the 2017 and 2018 FIFA Club World Cups UAE; the 2019 AFC Asian Cup UAE and the UCI WorldTour event, The UAE Tour.

We at ADSC firmly believe that sporting events deliver a host of benefits for the emirate and its residents. These span improved health and wellness, the building of community spirit, the discovering of local talent and the delivery of international exposure of the emirate as a world-class sporting events hub.

Whether it is land, sea or air, we have sport covered.

About the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi
The Department of Culture and Tourism conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate's tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate's heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination's development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.