West Indian all-rounders Andre Russell and Odean Smith have been retained in the squad, along with English cricketer Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Emirati-Pakistani cricketer Zahoor Khan and Namibian all-rounder David Wiese.
A star campaigner in a variety of formats, Andre Russell racked up a great unbeaten 90 out of 32 for Deccan Gladiators in the final against Delhi Bulls in the 5th season.
He was backed by Tom Kohler-Cadmore with an unbeaten 59 out of 28 to write the highest partnership and total of the season.
Kohler-Cadmore had the best batting figures last season with a batting frequency of 200. Both are expected to continue their power-hitting partnerships this year.
The duo Odean Smith-David Weise played great as they sailed the team to the final last year beating 62 of 24 against Delhi Bulls in the penultimate match.
The Jamaican all-rounder can reach speeds of 140 km/h and is a coveted wicket-taker for the team with 11 wickets in 12 matches. On the other hand, Weise is known for his all-round performance in securing clinical wins in all formats.
Homeboy Zahoor Khan would lead the team’s bowling lineup to harass the opposition batsmen with his toe crushers and trick slower deliveries.
Deccan Gladiators aspire to continue the winning streak with renewed zeal and a revived team lineup.
The concept for the 10 over-a-side formats will be held on September 26, 2022.
Commenting on the retention of the five players, Gaurav Grover, owner of Deccan Gladiators, said: “We are delighted to have Andre, Kohler-Cadmore, Zahoor, Odean and Wiese on the squad for another season. They are experienced players and know the team philosophy well.
They have made an essential contribution to our pursuit of our girls title. We are confident that we will build a powerful team to lead our campaign this time as well.”
“I’m excited to be back with the Deccan Gladiators family for another exciting season. Our goal would be to continue the momentum and play strategically.
I look forward to playing with a carefully curated team in one of the shortest and most exciting formats in the game,” Andre Russell said of his retention.
Deccan Gladiators basked in the glory of their first title last season and are aiming for a stronger and more powerful lineup this season. The sixth edition of Abu DhabiT10 will be played at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Eight teams compete in the arena in the world’s only 10-over cricket tournament approved by the International Cricket Council and licensed by the Emirates Cricket Board for ten years. Since its inception in 2017, the tournament has become extremely popular among cricket enthusiasts.
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