Euro T20 slam cricket was unveiled on Tuesday at the Westin Hotel in Dublin with the legendary Wasim Akrim among the star-studded crew launching the inaugural edition of the tournament.
He was joined former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar and Bollywood star Yami Gautam. The ceremony was also attended by who’s who of the three participating cricket boards of Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands..
The first year of the competition will also feature Australia’s Shane Watson and Chris Lynn, New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Luke Ronchi, Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and Pakistan’s Babar Azam.
The launch event also saw cricket stars from host nations participate in a Q+A session: Sandymount man Kevin O’Brien and Gary Wilson from Ireland, Scotland skipper Kyle Coetzer and Richie Berrington, and Netherlands’ legends Peter Seelaar and Ben Cooper.
A centrepiece of the launch event was the dramatic unveiling of the new tournament logo, with Bollywood star, Yami Gautam, breaking a glass panel to reveal the design.
The logo’s colour scheme is inspired by colours associated with Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands, while the swashbuckling batsman in the logo signifies the vibrant nature of T20 cricket.
The tournament will get underway from August 30 and will culminate on September 22. Six teams will participate in the inaugural event, playing in Dublin, Edinburgh and Amsterdam. Both Wasim and Dilip were announced as members of the Euro T20 advisory committee.
Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said: “We are very excited that nearly 20 months of planning has brought us to this day.
“Speaking from an Irish perspective, one of the prime motivators for the Slam is to provide greater opportunities for Irish players to play top quality T20 cricket.
“The opportunity for all of our players – as well as coaches and officials – to operate alongside some of the best in the world will only benefit both our established and emerging talent for at least the next decade.
“Our colleagues at Scotland and Netherlands view this the event the same – and collectively we view the event as an opportunity to help properly popularise the game of cricket in our 3 nations through the vehicle of T20 franchise cricket.”