Gully Cricket, a common name for an uncommon format of the game is finally on the way to become an official tournament. In a ground-breaking stance to promote the new format of the game, a maiden version of the tournament will be played in UAE. The best part of the game is its shrunken format. In the matches, each side will have only 10 overs to bat and the whole matches will have 20 overs total. Also, the matches will be complete within 90 minutes. This format is certain to crack big, because several celebrity players also already signed it for the tournament.
As reports surfacing in the media, the tournament is scheduled from December 21 to 24. It will be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. There are ten teams in the series. The teams are Panjabis, Marathas, Banglas, Lankans, Sindhis, Keralites and Pakhtoons. Apart from 90 minutes cricket, the event will be studded with musical concerts and red-carpet events. There will be also live music and celebrity events. In three days, 12 matches will be played in the tournament.
The players selection will be under a draft system. So far, several star players came up to join the tournament. This includes Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, and Kumar Sangakkarra. As reported, Shahid Afridi will lead team Pakhtoons in the tournament.
Emirates Cricket Board will host the tournament. The league is oriented towards the South Asian region. Per Mulk Holding, the "cricket crazy population" in UAE and GCC is a target of the tournament. There has been lots of positivity surrounding the game. The league is the brainchild of Mohammed Morani and Shaji Ul Mulk. Morani is the Co-founder of Cineyug and Mulk is a former cricketer turned businessman. Former PCB Chairman Nasim Ashraf stated the tournament as "a testament to cricket's everchanging sphere."
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