Playing with a Straight Bat

By Gilbert Hogg

When it comes to totally incorrect headlines, I have just committed the most mortal of sins. By describing the T10 Cricket League as playing with a straight bat, I could not be further from the truth

When I interviewed Shaji Ul Mulk, the founder and chairman of the league, at the launch of the southern African T10 Cricket League, held at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel in Morningside, Sandton, on 22 June 2023, he said that with this new cricketing format, playing with a straight bat is the very antithesis of what it is all about. He adds that, in fact, since its inception, T10 cricket has seen many sixes, as well as a wicket, with the very first ball. Because this revolutionary form of cricket, designed to be done and dusted in 90 minutes (the inspiration for Ul Mulk came from him watching a soccer match), is all about power plays from ball one, with no respite.

As many South Africans may be behind the curve on this cricketing format, I refer to the explanation from the invite – “T10 League is a cricket league in the United Arab Emirates launched and owned by T Ten Sports Management. The league is approved by the cricket boards across the world. Matches are 10 overs a side and the duration of the match is approximately 90 minutes. The tournament is a double round robin followed by eliminators and the final. The International Cricket Council (ICC) officially sanctioned the league in 2018 as a semi-professional cricket tournament.”

There are many facets around this league, which we will discuss in future articles – watch this space. In the interim, the league will be launched in Zimbabwe in the near future.