"The T10 format could be played in the Olympics," says Faf du Plessis

Former South African Captain Faf du Plessis looks ahead to the fifth season of Abu Dhabi T10

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Former South African Captain Faf du Plessis, who will be making his debut in the Abu Dhabi T10 this year, expressed during a virtual conference that the T10 format could be played in the Olympics, "I have played three formats for a long time and I am still attracted to the T10 format. I think players like myself will keep looking at tournaments like this. The future of T10 is looking good. It's a format that can be used in the Olympics. The quick nature of T10 also makes it attractive to the fans. I think T10 is only going to get better and better."

When asked about how he will go about his business in a new format, the South African said, "I think when you are moving from one format to the other, it's about understanding your game. You need to think about the blueprint that you will need to follow which will give you consistent results. Through time in T20 cricket, I've got better at understanding my game plan on different pitches and making decisions about which bowlers I can take on and which bowlers I can't take on during a game."

Du Plessis, who will be leading the Bangla Tigers team in the upcoming season of the Abu Dhabi T10, spoke about his role as the leader of the side, "My role as a captain would be to get the team together and create an environment wherein the players are having fun and being themselves. Batting in the top order would be the best position for me to bat. But I haven't had those discussions with the team management yet."

The South African also expressed that the pitches in Abu Dhabi could assist the spinners more than the pacers, "Given the nature of the matches in Abu Dhabi during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, I think the spinners will have more of an impact as compared to the fast bowlers in the Abu Dhabi T10. However, raw pace can also be quite effective on up and down wickets. So, it'll depend on the conditions on the day."

The Abu Dhabi T10 will be played held at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from 19 November - 4 December 2021.

About Abu Dhabi T10

Abu Dhabi T10, owned and operated by T Ten Sports Management, having Abu Dhabi Cricket (ADC) as home to the thrilling cricket is the world’s only 10-over cricket tournament officially sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).

It brings together over 100 of the biggest names in the game to compete in the Cricket's fastest format.

With the support of the Abu Dhabi Government, ADC and T Ten Sports Management (TSM) have consistently grown the tournament and won worldwide acclaim for mounting successful seasons despite challenging conditions amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. The fifth edition of this highly popular cricket spectacle will be held over 16 days from November 19-December 4, 2021, taking in the UAE’s 50th National Day weekend.