Busy Winter for Roelof
Somerset’s season may have just ended, but for Roelof van der Merwe the cricket continues!
Before too long the Netherlands International will he heading off to Sharjah in the UAE to play in the 2018 T10.
The tournament gets underway on November 23rd with two groups of four teams playing against each other on a round-robin basis before semi finals and a final which takes place on December 2nd.
Talking about the competition Roelof said: “It’s an exciting tournament and there are multiple matches each day. There’s an unbelievable vibe about the games, the crowds love it and the games are sold out every time. There are a lot of sixes and a lovely atmosphere at the games.
“This year it has been expanded and there will be eight teams taking part in the tournament and each team plays three matches per day. Each match lasts 90 minutes, so it’s pretty quickfire stuff.
“I will be playing for the Maratha Arabians again and it was an unbelievable tournament last year.”
Roloef talked a bit more about the format of the game.
“T10 is basically a T20 match cut in half, so the power plays are three overs and each bowler has two overs. There are a lot of runs in a short period of time.
“As a bowler you have just 12 balls to bowl. You basically go straight into a death phase with still 10 wickets to take, so it’s quite tough and the wickets are pretty good at Sharjah where we play.
“It was quite interesting last year because scores started off pretty low, but then they just shot through the roof – up to 140 or 150. It will be interesting to see what the second edition of the tournament brings in terms of scores, and teams will be a lot better equipped tactically to win it.”
What future does Roelof think that T10 has in world cricket?
“Obviously you want to make cricket an Olympic Sport and I think that the only way that is going to happen is with a shorter version, that’s the only way it will be possible.
“T10 is a step in the right direction to get to that level, but the ICC is going to have to support it to get to that level. You never know, one day there might even be a T10 league in England.”
Following his involvement in the T10 Roelof is playing in an ODI series for the Netherlands against UAE and straight after that he hopes to be part of the new T20 competition that is being staged in Dubai, so he is likely to be away for a little while this winter!Back to News