UAE has come out with a new cricket format called the 90-ninety bash, which as the name suggests will be a ninety-ball cricket match. They are set to begin their first season of the format at Sharjah next year and the organizers claimed that it was approved by the Emirates Cricket Board.
However, the board issued a clarification that they haven’t approved any new tournament for 2019/20 season. The main leads behind this format are the chairman of the Bukhatir Group Abdul Rahman Bukhatir, the owner of the Pakistan Super League franchise Karachi Kings Salman Iqbal and Imran Chaudhry.
Official Statement: It has come to the attention of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) that a new tournament is proposed for play in 2020. ECB confirms they have not sanctioned nor approved any new tournaments for the 2019/2020 season at this time. pic.twitter.com/Hno4LRL4kP
— UAE Cricket Official (@EmiratesCricket) August 29, 2019
“The proposed 90-Ninety format will be shorter than Twenty20, with the aim of making every contest sharp, edgy and action-packed, while retaining the importance of cricket skills at the core of its success,” said a press release from the tournament.
However, the league is yet another tournament that will get underway after the success of T20 cricket all around the world. UAE who has already introduced the T10 league last year was criticized heavily as it was tampering with the existing game of cricket. Further, England Cricket Board is set to introduce The Hundred, which too has come in for much criticism.