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Faf du Plessis: The T10 format could be played in the Olympics


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Former South African captain Faf du Plessis who is set to make his first appearance in the T10 league believes the format could be played in the Olympics.

The South African said T-10 attracts him more along with the other three formats because of its quick and fast nature.

"I have played three formats for a long time and I am still attracted to the T10 format. I think players like myself will keep looking at tournaments like this. The future of T10 is looking good. It's a format that can be used in the Olympics. The quick nature of T10 also makes it attractive to the fans. I think T10 is only going to get better and better,” said du Plessis in a virtual meeting.

Earlier this year, the ICC had confirmed that it will bid for cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. When asked about how he will go about his business in a new format, the South African said.

"I think when you are moving from one format to the other, it's about understanding your game. You need to think about the blueprint that you will need to follow which will give you consistent results. Through time in T20 cricket, I've got better at understanding my game plan on different pitches and making decisions about which bowlers I can take on and which bowlers I can't take on during a game," he said.

Du Plessis, who will be leading the Bangla Tigers team in the upcoming season of the Abu Dhabi T10, spoke about his role as the leader of the side.

"My role as a captain would be to get the team together and create an environment wherein the players are having fun and being themselves. Batting in the top order would be the best position for me to bat. But I haven't had those discussions with the team management yet,"

The South African also expressed that the pitches in Abu Dhabi could assist the spinners more than the pacers,

"Given the nature of the matches in Abu Dhabi during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, I think the spinners will have more of an impact as compared to the fast bowlers in the Abu Dhabi T10. However, raw pace can also be quite effective on up and down wickets. So, it'll depend on the conditions on the day," he added.

The fifth season of Abu Dhabi T10 will be played held at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from 19 November - 4 December 2021.