The Titans, hat-trick winners of the Ram Slam, will test their abilities against five teams from around the world in an Abu Dhabi tournament in October.
They will face the Hobart Hurricanes of Australia, the Yorkshire Vikings (England), Boost Defenders (Afghanistan), Lahore Qalandars (Pakistan) and another team yet to be announced in a three-day tournament at the state-of-the-art Zayed Cricket Stadium to find the club ‘world champions’.
‘Having dominated our domestic T20 for the last few seasons, it is fantastic to have an international gauge to assess where we are at as a franchise,’ said Titans CEO Dr Jacques Faul. ‘There has been a vacuum in this regard, ever since the Champions League tournament fell away.
‘When you look at the calibre of teams from around the world, it is shaping up to be a fantastic event. The Abu Dhabi region has certainly ramped up its cricketing landscape, and it is important to us as a franchise to take the Titans brand around the world.’
The tournament, starting 4 October, will be broadcast live through various channels, as the teams compete in a round-robin stage, with the top two meeting in the final on 6 October. Organisers hope to draw about 20 000 spectators a day.
‘With this level of player power, the tournament allows Abu Dhabi to deliver on our mandate of ushering in an exciting new era of cricket in the emirate,’ said Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
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