Lancashire Lightning and the MCC shared the Emirates T20 2017 in a year of firsts for the competition after each of the fixtures were shown live on TV across the world.
For the first time, the Emirates T20 included six teams including Lancashire Lightning, Durham Jets, Birmingham Bears, MCC as well as, for the first time, two teams from the Pakistan Super League including Peshawar Zalmi’s Foundation and Lahore Qalanders.
This year, the competition was hosted at the world class cricket facilities, the ICC Academy in Sports City and for the first time, each of the fixtures were broadcast live on Ten Sports (in Pakistan and India), OSN (in the Middle East and North Africa), Eleven Sports (in the USA) and on Prime TV (in the UK). Sky Sports will be broadcasting highlights of the competition over the coming weeks too.
Lancashire Lightning, led by new Head Coach Glen Chapple, beat Birmingham Bears comfortably in the opening fixture of the competition. The Red Rose side went on to win by 63 runs before beating Lahore Qalanders by 16 runs in a shortened ten over game to book their place in the final.
Meanwhile, the MCC, who were in Dubai for the Champion County Match against Middlesex, played both group stage matches on Day Two of the Emirates T20 beat Durham Jets by six wickets and then Peshwar Zalmi by seven wickets, both in rain affected ten over fixtures.
Unfortunately, the final was cut short after just seven overs before rare storms hit Dubai. Just before 8am, the game was abandonded before the two captains; James Anderson and Alex Lees were presented the trophy by Tournament Director Matthew Jackson.
Matthew Jackson said after the Emirates T20, said, “This was a year of firsts for the EmiratesT20. Despite unusual weather for Dubai interrupting play on Day 2, we are delighted with the way the event went for a number of reasons.
“This was the first year we’ve welcomed PSL teams, the first we’ve run the event over two days, the first we’ve been televised live across the world and the first we’ve run the event at the prestigious ICC Academy”, added Jackson.
The highlights for me were watching the emerging players of the Pakistan Super League proving them against tough county opposition. They were a valued addition to the tournament and I think we’ve seen some future stars.
“It was also great to hear Sharid Afridi tell everyone how impressed he was with the EmiratesT20 when he visited the ground on Friday. The continued support of the English counties and the MCC is hugely appreciated. It demonstrates the value they place on the facilities the UAE has to offer and why they continue to come back year on year.”
Highlights of this year’s event can be found below:
Details of next year’s competition are still being finalised and an update will be provided in due course.