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Gleeson relishing T10 opportunity in the UAE

Gleeson relishing T10 opportunity in the UAE

Lancashire bowler to play in T10 competition in the UAE

Richard Gleeson is relishing the chance to mix with and perform against some of the world’s best talent during the second edition of the T10 League in Sharjah, which starts this week.

Lancashire fast bowler Gleeson is in the UAE having been signed up by the Maratha Arabians team alongside Lasith Malinga, Dwayne Bravo and Rashid Khan.

There is also a strong Red Rose connection with the Arabians; Wasim Akram is their coach and James Faulkner is in their squad. Liam Livingstone was also signed up, but he is with the England Lions in the same part of the world.

The eight-team 10 overs per side event runs from Wednesday through to December 2.

“It’s really exciting,” said the Blackpool-born quick, a recent recruit at Emirates Old Trafford.

“I think it’s a great thing to be involved in.

“Going to play with some of the players you do…I went to Bangladesh in 2016 to play in their T20 competition and got to play with the likes of Shahid Afridi.

“I think you learn quite a lot in these competitions.

“There are different tactics, different conditions and different ways of playing.

“We’ve got Adam Lyth, Brendan Taylor, Alex Hales, Lasith Malinga, Dwayne Bravo, Rashid Khan and James Faulkner in our squad.

“Malinga’s got a slightly different action to me. He’s got a very low arm and I go over the perpendicular. We couldn’t be more opposite.

“But he recently took his 1,000th wicket, and any insight I can get from him will be invaluable in terms of game plans, field settings and stuff like that.

“I learnt quite a lot working with Rory Kleinveldt at Northants, and hopefully I can keep picking things up from these players.

“I know last year Lancs went with a strong spin attack in the T20s, and I think playing in the UAE will help get me ready for some more spinner friendly pitches in the summer if that’s the way we go.”

The T10 League is into its second year, and they have attracted both a current and former who’s who of world cricket to either play or coach.

“It’s a great competition, and there’s a lot of buzz around it at the minute. Hopefully I can go and do well,” said Gleeson, 30-years-old.

“It’s no place to be a bowler at the minute. But, at the same time, if you can do well, you can win games. The game’s going more batsman friendly. There’s less fear of getting out, and it’s a huge spectacle.

“If you can get a couple of wickets, it’s like gold dust in the shorter formats, especially in T10.”

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