South African pacer Wayne Parnell has expressed his excitement ahead of the first match between the defending champions Maratha Arabians and Northern Warriors. Parnell will be representing Warriors in the Abu Dhabi T10 League that kick-started on Thursday.
“We are the first game up so we have to set off the tournament on a lovely note where everyone has to follow. The game against the Maratha Arabians is going to be a blockbuster. I am physically prepared and mentally as well,” Parnell said in a statement.
Speaking on what he feels about the conditions in Abu Dhabi, Parnell said he is aware of the conditions there, based on a couple of his tours. “I don’t think I have played a match in Abu Dhabi, but I have toured here a couple of times. I am aware of the field, sometimes there’s a breeze going one way and the type of surface that we generally have here. I am familiar with the conditions here. Generally, it’s a good cricket wicket in Abu Dhabi, having watched a couple of the IPL games here as well, the wicket just seemed really really good.”
“We have a really good squad. I am looking to familiarize with the entire team. I think chemistry is very important and I have heard really good things about the guys (on the side),” Parnell said expressing his satisfaction with the team.
“You have to adapt and you have to be smart and that’s the beauty of this format. You have to think on your feet because the momentum of the innings changes every couple of balls so it’s about trying to bring the momentum back to your side.”
The Northern Warriors and Maratha Arabians will play their first match of the fourth edition of the 10-over format of the game at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Thursday.
Northern Warriors Squad: Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, Lendl Simmons, Wayne Parnell, Wahab Riaz, Rayad Emrit, Dhananjaya Laksham, Kjorn Ottley, Brandon King, Junnaid Siddique, Waheed Ahmad, Maheesh Theekshana, Ansh Tandon, Mohammaed Waseem, Sujeet Paratani