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Cricket is set to undergo another experiment. After the success of T20 cricket, the game will be shortened to 10-overs aside in the inaugural edition of T10 league 2017 in UAE. Some of the big names of the shorter formats — Virender Sehwag, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Dinesh Chandimal, Eoin Morgan, Shahid Afridi — will grace with their presence in the 10-over format. A total of 6 teams will square off in the tournament. The rules and regulations of the T10 Cricket League, to commence from December 14 at the Sharjah Stadium, have been finalised. Under these rules player replacement is allowed only for a player who is unavailable for the entire league due to unavoidable reasons. The replacement player can be selected from the list of unpicked players at the draft, either from the same category or from the lower category as per the original player list.

The team owners also confirmed that all matches shall be played with white Kookaburra Turf Balls following some concerns expressed over the use of a pink ball under the light. Also, keeping the bright colours of the jerseys of all six teams in mind.

The Owners also reiterated the basic rules for the games.

The duration will be a maximum of 10 overs per side with each bowler allowed to bowl no more than 2 overs in an innings. For a result, in case of interruption, a minimum of 5 overs shall be bowled for each innings. In case of rain, the outcome of the match shall be derived by DLS method.

MCC Laws of Cricket 2017 shall be adopted with relevant playing conditions applicable for the T10 League and details will be forthcoming.

In case of a Tie, the result shall be decided by virtue of a Super Over.

There will be 2 Points for a Win, 1 Point to each side in case of a draw and no points for a loss.

The Owners and Directors also decided that they will soon be circulating the ICC Anti Corruption and ICC Anti Doping Codes.  In addition, they intend to have education sessions on Playing Conditions, Code of Conduct, ICC Anti Corruption and ICC Anti Doping on 13th December 2017.