‘Looking forward to playing with Shahid Afridi, Chris Jordan and Tom Banton,’ says Ben Dunk ahead of the new season of Abu Dhabi T10
~ Ben Dunk said that he will be very happy if he can play 5 or 10 percent as well as MS Dhoni in his career ~
Abu Dhabi, 27 January 2021: Australia’s wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Dunk, who has scored over 3,000 runs in T20s, is all set to turn up for the Qalandars in the new season of the Abu Dhabi T10, powered by sky247net. The competition will be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from 28th January – 6th February 2021. The 33-year-old expressed that he is looking forward to playing with former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi in the Abu Dhabi T10, “Shahid Afridi is an amazing cricketer and he’ll have an amazing legacy. I have grown up watching Shahid Afridi. He just keeps going and going. And he’s still playing cricket as well as he ever has. I am really looking forward to him. I have watched him for a long period, so I am looking forward to seeing him up close and watch how he goes about it.”
Dunk added that he is looking forward to playing with English players Chris Jordan and Tom Banton as well, “Chris Jordan is a wonderful bowler, who has played all over the world and he has taken the most wickets in T20Is for England so I am looking forward to playing with him. Tom Banton is a young guy, who is making his mark on the game. We have got a host of players, who have performed well in T20 cricket.”
Since he is a wicketkeeper-batsman himself, Dunk lauded former Indian captain, MS Dhoni, when he was asked to share his thoughts about the World Cup-winning captain, “I think MS Dhoni is probably the number one wicketkeeper-batsman that we have ever seen. The way that he has played over a long period of time is amazing. His legacy and record and everything speaks for MS. He has got ice that runs through his veins, he takes the game to a place where it’s almost unwinnable and seems to somehow win them all the time. If I could play 5 or 10 percent as good as MS, I would be very happy.”
The Australian further expressed that he is very excited to play in the T10 format this week, “I am excited about the format that we are playing this week in T10. I think there’s certainly space for it and room for it in the calendar. I just think that the more cricket we have on, the better it is. It doesn’t really matter what format of the game the kids fall in love with. The more important thing is that the kids are seeing it and falling in love with the game.”
The Qalandars will take on Pune Devils in their first match of the upcoming season of the Abu Dhabi T10 on 29 January 2021.
About Abu Dhabi T10
Abu Dhabi T10 is the world’s only ten-over cricket tournament officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). It is the first ever internationally approved ten-over format competition. The second edition of Abu Dhabi T10 will be held from 28th January – 6th February 2021. Abu Dhabi T10 is a UAE product that has grown into a globally accepted cricket format. Matches have a 10-over-a-side format and duration of 45 minutes a side totaling 90 minutes of play.
The tournament is played over ten days, with a round robin followed by semi-finals and the final. The Abu Dhabi T10 tournament is a short, high energy format loved by global audiences and international cricket stars alike.