Former star cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Kevin Pietersen will mark their return to professional cricket at the brand-new gladiatorial cricket series named Ultimate Kricket Challenge (UKC). The inaugural edition of the UKC kicks off on the 24th of December, continuing till the 1st of January and Dubai will serve as the hosts. The likes of Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Rashid Khan, and Chris Gayle will also participate.
The 16-match competition will witness the introduction of some innovative rules as each fixture two UKC contenders squaring off against each other in four innings of 15 balls. Each contender will earn two points for winning a match in the league stage and the one with most runs at the end of each game would be the winner. The top four teams from the league rounds will progress to the semi-finals.
A UKC contender could gain runs while batting only after completing a physical run. The scoring gets divided into six scoring zones – Zone A – 1 run, Zone B- 1 run, Zone C – 2 runs, Zone D – 3 runs, Zone E – with a bounce 4 runs, Zone E- direct 6 runs. If a batter hits behind the bowler, he gets 12 runs and earns an extra ball to play. Bullseye on the square of wickets will get the batter 4 runs and every time a batsman gets dismissed; five runs would be deducted.
Hoping for a great show in Dubai and to beat all the others: Yuvraj Singh
Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who is one of the best short-format players, believes that UKC is an evolution and the brand new-format is the future, capable of attracting a larger share of the audience. The World Cup-winning cricketer hopes to replicate his feat of six sixes in the UKC, one that he did in the 2007 ICC World T20. Yuvraj Singh hopes to enjoy himself and at the same time, lift the title by beating others.
“Cricket has been at the heart of every Indian fan and, but it needs to constantly evolve, constantly excite. UKC is that evolution. This brand-new format is wonderful. It’s what cricket is about. Player versus player. No distractions. One on one. It’s exciting and it’s the future of cricket that I know will strike a chord with viewers and fans. I am up for this challenge to be the best in the world and hope to emulate my 2007 T20 World Cup feat of six consecutive sixes in the UKC as well. Hoping for a great show in Dubai and to beat all the others,” Yuvraj said as quoted by India Today.