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Emirates Cricket Board Approves Ninety-90 Bash

T20, T10, The Hundred, and now the Ninety-90, or the Ninety-Bash! The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), a member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), has given its approval to the UAE to host a franchise-based 90-ball event (UAE). The Ninety-Bash will be held for the first time next year.

The Man Who Brought International Cricket To The Dessert Kingdom

Abdul Rehman Bukhatir, chairman of the Bukhatir Group and the man who brought international cricket to the desert kingdom by making Sharjah the global cricket capital in the 1980s and 1990s, is behind the initiative, along with his son Khalaf Bukhatir and Salman Iqbal, owner of the Pakistan Super League’s Karachi Kings franchise (PSL),

“The 90/90 is such a unique approach that it is sure to leave an indelible impression on fans and followers worldwide. After several other market alterations, this is undoubtedly the most appealing variation of the current game, especially given the belief that T10 is too short to exhibit true cricketing strategy “Iqbal, who also controls the ARY Digital Network, is a multi-media mogul.

The Launch

The competition was officially established in Abu Dhabi, with Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Abu Dhabi Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of the ECB, giving his permission. The launch was attended by Khalid Al Zarooni, the ECB’s vice-chairman, Aref Al Awani, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s general secretary, the Bukhatirs, and Iqbal.

“I have been a part of cricket’s journey here in the UAE from the very beginning, and I endeavor to continue to give cricket a home here in the Emirates while finding ways in which to grow the game and keep it healthy. This new exciting format could be instrumental in creating a brand-new fan base for the sport, not just in the UAE, but across the globe,” Bukhatir said.

Iqbal added, “Cricket is an incredibly popular sport globally and especially in this region. It is continuously evolving and this seemed like such a natural progression of evolving the game into a more compact sport without sacrificing cricket’s own aesthetic and planning. That is the main reason I created the concept — it was a no-brainer for me to back fully with our sports management acumen and media muscle, in partnership with Imran Chaudhry and Mr. Bukhatir.”

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