Chris Gayle with Dwayne Bravo. @ BCCI
Chris Gayle with Dwayne Bravo. @ BCCI

Former West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo, currently plying his trade in the T10 arena in Dubai, feels the tournament can become a global phenomenon.

“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,” said Bravo, who has experienced both T10 editions, was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo on Wednesday.

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“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.”

Reportedly, chairman of T10 League Shaji Ul Mulk confirmed talks have been initiated with international boards over taking T10 abroad from its base in UAE.

Bravo, who called time on his international career last month, is the captain of T10 League franchise Maratha Arabians. His team-mate, Australia allrounder James Faulkner also backed the concept to come good across the globe. “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.”

Faulkner reckons the format has still some time left before being internationally recognised.

“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.

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“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.”