DUBAI: Who can forget a blistering 107 not out by an Australian which clinched the third Indian Premier League title for Chennai Super Kings in May this year. Watching Watson in full bloom in Mumbai on that warn night many had thought that why this champ had quit international cricket?
Having retired in March 2016, after a glorious career which earned him two World Cup titles with the Kangaroos, Watson is now a glob trotting player for various Twenty20 leagues around the world. So when he signed for Karachians to feature in the second edition of the Twenty20 league, it made headlines. Watson is a crowd puller for any league and promises more success for this newest and the shortest format of the game.
The big catch – that is how one can define Watson’s signing – was made by Mohsin Imran, Director of Artistic Properties and co-owner of Karachians franchise.
After a stupendous success of the first edition – that also prompted the England and Wales Cricket Board to have their own Hundred-ball Cricket (20 less than Twenty20 and 40 more than T10) in order to bring in new crowds – the league will be bigger and more entertaining this time around.
The second edition of the league starts on November 23 and the final will be played on December 02. Eoin Morgan led Kerala Kings won the title after some nerve-wracking and sensational matches that attracted large crowds in the iconic Sharjah stadium.
With Watson’s entry, the league will have more charm. The organizers have increased teams to eight with the addition of Karachians and Northern Warriors.
Watson feels very excited at the prospect of featuring in a new league. “I am really excited to play my first T10 tournament by joining the Karachians,” Watson told ARY News from Sydney in a telephonic chat. “I got great reviews from the guys who played in the first event. So it will be a lot of fun.”