Bravo-Faulkner feel T10 league will grow in future
Dwayne Bravo, who is the captain of Maratha Arabians in the ongoing T10 league and his team-mate James Faulkner feels the league will grow more in future.
Since the arrival of the league, it has been criticized by many and considered toxic for the longer format of the game. But the Maratha Arabians’ players have backed the league and also insisted that the players loved the format.
Skipper Bravo, who has played in almost all the T20 leagues in the world, said: “I think it will grow. I think other countries and leagues around the world will buy into it because it’s just like T20 cricket. No-one really trusted T20 when it first came about and it’s the hottest topic now. T10 has the potential to do the same. I think it’s just a matter of time before it reaches different countries around the world.”
Australian all-rounder Faulkner also agreed to his skipper’s comment and said: “It’ll be interesting to see where it is in three years” he said. “I think it’s going to take off, that’s my personal opinion on it. Speaking to other players I think it will. It’s short, it’s exciting for the fans and the players as well. I think you’ll see it developing all around the world pretty soon, pretty quickly.”
The 28-year old also said he won’t be surprised if the T10 league becomes an International sport soon.
“I think that’s where it will go [T10 leagues around the world]. Players obviously love the format so far and also the spectators as well,” he said. “You want something quick like T20 that fans can come and watch. With T10, you can play a couple of double-headers like we have here and really engage the crowds and also four different teams and their fans as well.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised [if T10 became an international sport]. I don’t think it’s going to happen too quickly but I think you’ll see other leagues in the next couple of years. I think we’re all interested to see where it is in five, ten or fifteen years,” Faulkner concluded.
Maratha Arabians are playing against Shahid Afridi’s Pakhtoons tonight in the 18th game of the tournament.