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ALDAR PROPERTIES ABU DHABI T10 A HUGE SUCCESS WITH RECORD SMASHING 120,000 FANS ATTENDING THE 2019 SPORTING SPECTACLE

HE SHEIKH NAHAYAN BIN MABARAK AND HE AREF AL AWANI ATTENDED THE TEN DAY CRICKETING TOURNAMENT
FINAL MATCH ATTENDANCE OF 20,352 SETS NEW ZAYED CRICKET STADIUM ATTENDANCE RECORD

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Thursday 28 November 2019: The Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 saw a total of
120,000 spectators attend 10 days of action packed and electric cricket at Zayed Cricket Stadium,
with 20,352 fans coming to watch the Maratha Arabians clinch victory over the Deccan Gladiators in a
tense final – setting a new attendance record at Zayed Cricket Stadium.

The Maratha Arabians were crowned as the winners of the 2019 Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10,
with the trophy being presented by His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi
Sports Council.
The final brought an end to a 10 day cricketing festival which featured over one hundred cricketers,
bringing global sporting icons like Yuvraj Singh, Eoin Morgan, Shane Watson, Darren Sammy and
winning Captain, Dwayne Bravo, to the crease at Zayed Cricket Stadium. The tournament also
regularly featured South Asian superstars, such as the Malayali cinema megastar, Mammootty,
Pakistan’s famed Atif Aslam, Bollywood heavyweights Sohail Khan, Tamannaah Bhatia and Afghani
film royalty Gul Panra.
H.E. Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, commented: “The Aldar
Properties Abu Dhabi T10 has provided cricketing fans the world over with first-class action,
demonstrating Abu Dhabi’s continued leading position as a provider of global top-tier sport.
“We have welcomed over one hundred elite athletes, along with a wider number of coaching and
support staff, showcasing Abu Dhabi’s leading position in the provision of sport to international
audiences. This is the first year of T10 in Abu Dhabi, and we look forward to seeing the growth of the
championship over the next five years.”
The Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 was also a venue for emerging cricketers to make their mark on
the global stage, with new talents such as England’s Tom Banton scoring 80 off 28 balls and Sri
Lanka’s Kevin Koththigoda taking big scalps such as the wicket of Shane Watson. The tournament
has seen the participation of a number of UAE players, with players such as Sultan Ahmed, Zahoor
Khan, and Ali Raza battling against globally renowned cricketers on the world’s stage.
Matt Boucher, CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket, said following the tournament’s conclusion: “We have
witnessed some fantastic cricket that has been played over the past ten days, drawing in and
delighting a multitude of crowds, who have seen some of their favourite cricketers in action. T10 has
proven to be a mass hit with fans in the capital, who enjoy the fast action and the huge entertainment
at the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10. We look forward to welcoming back both the cricketers and
the fans to Zayed Cricket Stadium for the second edition in Abu Dhabi.”
5,989 runs were scored throughout the tournament, with a total of 259 wickets tumbling across the
course of the ten days of play. The Player of the Tournament, Chris Lynn, was the highest run scorer
on 371 runs, and his 91 runs off 30 balls was the closest any one player got to achieving the dream of
smashing a century in the T10 format. George Garton was the highest wicket taker of the tournament,
with the young Englishman snatching 12 wickets during the ten days.

Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman of the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10, commented: “The action we have
seen in the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 has been excellent, and it’s great to welcome the teams
into their new home of Abu Dhabi. The crowds have quickly warmed to this short form of the game,
and have made sure that the players feel at home throughout the duration of the tournament. My
congratulations go to the Maratha Arabians for their victory in the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 – a
thoroughly well-deserved triumph.”

About Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10

The Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 is a professional 10-over cricket league launched by T Ten
Sports Management, licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board and approved by the International
Cricket Council (ICC), the governing body of international cricket. It is the first ever internationally
approved 10-over league having received official ICC sanctioning in August 2018.
The 10-over-a-side format totals 90 minutes of play with the tournament spanning over 10 days
starting with two group stages and then moving into playoffs and the final.

About T Ten Sports Management

T Ten Sports Management FZC is a group company of the multinational and diversified conglomerate
Mulk Holdings. T10 League is the brainchild of Shaji Ul Mulk, Chairman and founder of Mulk Holdings.
The T10 League has been launched by the T Ten Sports Management in 2017. Since its launch to
sell-out crowds in Sharjah in 2017, the rise of the T10 League, the world’s only International T10
Franchise League has been exponential.

About Abu Dhabi Cricket

Abu Dhabi Cricket (ADC) is supported by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and operates under the
patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Bin Mubarak Al Nahayan.
ADC is ushering in an exciting new era of cricket in Abu Dhabi with significant investment in facilities
and operational upgrades. In addition to the iconic Zayed Cricket Stadium the venue now boasts the
following impressive facilities: 2 x floodlit nursery cricket ovals, international standard cricket nets
facility, 4 x floodlit netball courts, 5-a-side “Soccer City”, 4 x multi-purpose floodlit AstroTurf pitches
and 5 x FIFA approved grass, floodlit football pitches.
ADC was founded on 20th November 1996, with the impressive Zayed Cricket Stadium, considered
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.
Zayed Cricket Stadium has hosted numerous domestic and international matches since that day. The
electric atmosphere of the Pakistan vs. India match was rivalled when the Indian Premier League
arrived in 2014.

2018 saw the stadium’s biggest season to date with over 75,000 fans flooding the stands throughout
the 2018 ACC Asia Cup, Pakistan vs. Australia series, Pakistan vs. New Zealand series and of course
the inaugural Abu Dhabi T20 – during which six of the world’s biggest T20 franchises descended
upon the UAE capital to vie for championship honours.
Though cricket is at the core of operations, ADC also prides itself on the world-class facilities
available, catering to sportsmen and women of all ages and abilities from elite international players to
community sports enthusiasts.
In addition to the international cricket season that was, ADC has also welcomed and hosted the likes
of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) England Lions for their 2018 tour of the UAE, New
Zealand’s All Black 7s and Black Fern 7s rugby teams ahead of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s
(of which both teams emerged champions) and Japan, Oman, Syria, China, Yemen, Iran, Thailand,
India and South Korea’s football training camps ahead of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.
The facility has also been used by several other international associations as a winter training
destination, most notably many professional English County teams who return year after year for their
pre-season camps.
The recent investments to develop the facility have truly ensured that ADC is known for more than
cricket. Indeed, Abu Dhabi Cricket has become the home for a range of coaching academies, clubs,
groups and schools for football, touch rugby, 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 with 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 1 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.

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