Adeel Malik, captain of Deccan Gladiators-MGM, said: “We are very happy that we got off to a winning start. All my boys played according to a plan. Although we got off to a good start, we lost some quick wickets. But Waqas Ali amd Laxman Manjrekar batted sensibly and took us to victory.”
Adnan Ul Mulk, the skipper of Ajman Heroes felt they were 20 to 30 runs short. “We were 20 to 30 runs short. We could have batted a bit more sensibly. It was a nice atmosphere and an enjoyable contest. We will come back learning from this defeat.”
Earlier, the tournament got off to an electrifying start with a colorful opening ceremony.
“This event will add to UAE’s excellent journey in cricket where they have qualified not once but thrice to play in the ICC World Cups. All performances from this tournament will be captured and passed on to franchise leagues around the world. It was through the Abu Dhabi T10 League that West Indies star Nicholas Pooran displayed his potential and went on to become one of the most sought after cricketers in the world,” Shaji Ul Mulk, secretary general of the Ajman Cricket Council, said.
Shaji Ul Mulk also noted: “Ajman Cricket Council is today a force to reckon with in domestic cricket. We have six grounds, two more are in the making, and there are 15 cement wickets too. We have staged nearly 5000 games, which is a significant number.” After unveiling the trophy, Shaji Ul Mulk declared the tournament open with a message “let the best team win.”
This tournament is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Humaid Al Nuaimi of Ajman.
The ceremony was attended by former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin, Parvez Khan, Ajman Cricket Council’s Director of Cricket, Muhammad Saifullah, Director Cricket Operations, Ajman Cricket Council, and Fayaz Ali, Director of Marketing, Ajman Cricket Council.
Source : Khaleej Times