Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 16 December 2019

UAE's Shiraz Ahmed and Chris Lynn in our Abu Dhabi T10 team of the tournament

We pick the best XI from the inaugural 10-over competition in the capital city

Chris Lynn was named player of the tournament after his Maratha Arabians took the Abu Dhabi T10 title with a win over Deccan Gladiators on Sunday night.

The Australian opener was unquestionably the dominant figure in the 10-day tournament at the Zayed Cricket Stadium, but he was not the only one who caught the eye. Here is our team of the tournament.

1. Chris Lynn (Maratha Arabians)

Peerless in this competition, as he consistently threatened the century mark. Bowlers must fear for their physical safety when he is at the other end.

2. Mohammad Shahzad (Deccan Gladiators)

The burly Afghan faces his fair share of troubles, yet still plays the game with such joie de vivre. Carefree – so much so that he even forgot the name of the team he was playing for.

3. Shane Watson (Deccan Gladiators)

He is 38 now, and a long time out of international cricket, yet remains so reliable. He made 75 not out against Northern Warriors in the time it took his fellow batsmen to score 19.

4. Andre Fletcher (Bangla Tigers)

The most consistently destructive batsman in the short history of 10-over cricket. His 186-run haul this time took him to an aggregate of 522 from the three seasons of T10.

5. Luke Wright (Team Abu Dhabi)

The Englishman scored the second most runs – after Lynn – of any batsman in the group stage, while opening for Team Abu Dhabi. But his side still went out.

6. Chadwick Walton (Maratha Arabians)

Could have a future as a football-freestyler, judged on his warm ups at this tournament. Given Lynn’s excellence, he was scarcely required until the final – at which point he stole the show with his glovework and batting.

7. Chris Jordan (Qalandars)

The heartbeat of a Qalandars side that was more or less thrown together on the eve of the tournament. He was their go-to bowler in the business overs at the end of games.

8. Lasith Malinga (Maratha Arabians)

Can you think of a seam bowler who would be better suited to T10 than Malinga? Possibly Jasprit Bumrah, but Malinga’s yorkers are seldom bettered anywhere else.

9. Qais Ahmed (Bangla Tigers)

The 19-year-old Afghan leggie is some talent. He is an athletic fielder, and a gifted spinner – with an edge, too, as he showed when he bounced a helmet-less Andre Russell.

10. Seekkuge Prasanna (Qalandars)

Nobody seemed to enjoy T10 as much as this Sri Lankan leg-spinner. He held fine catches and did 'The Dab' dance move. He took wickets and did 'The Floss'. He was a joy to watch.

11. Shiraz Ahmed (Maratha Arabians, UAE)

Unknown beyond a few within UAE cricket before this tournament, yet emerged as one of the stars for his superb left-arm fast bowling. Earned praise from Andy Flower, Dwayne Bravo and Dawid Malan.

Updated: November 25, 2019 02:53 PM

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