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Abu Dhabi T10 may feature a version of Super Over for league games next season

The tournament has already undergone revamps in its first three years, and there are more changes afoot

Barny Read
The eight captains pose after arriving for T10  •  Abu Dhabi T10

The eight captains pose after arriving for T10  •  Abu Dhabi T10

In just its third edition of its existence, it is fair to say the Abu Dhabi T10 is still a work in progress. As a result, there are still tweaks to be made, issues to be ironed out and a lot of trials to be carried out.
From being a four-day, round-robin format played out between six franchises in its inaugural edition, the tournament went from 13 matches to 29 the following season as it welcomed two new teams into the fold. That second season stretched the competition to 12 days and while the same structure was retained this year, it has found a ten-day slot in its new home in the UAE capital.
The Super League stage has remained in place, but with every team playing each other bar their opposite number in the other group (for example, Deccan Gladiators and Maratha Arabians avoided each other in the Super League stage having topped Group A and B respectively and so on), there is little jeopardy as the tournament moves into its second stage.
And this existing league structure is something Abu Dhabi T10 owner-cum-chairman Shaji ul Mulk says he and his team plan to address after Sunday's final.
"It's possible [that the tournament format changes]," Shaji told ESPNcricinfo. "Because we have eight teams, we could be doing seven games a team so that we have a full round-robin. That would probably need us to increase the duration by another two days."
Delhi Bulls captain Eoin Morgan, who has been involved with the tournament since its inception, also sees the potential for adjustments. "There are a couple of things but I don't have a solution for them yet," Morgan said. "We're only in our third year, things will continue to evolve, maybe even more teams still in a shorter space of time."
The group stage has also become a topic for conversation over its lack of tie-breakers, such as a Super Over, to ensure results in every match. They are in place for the knockout matches that begin on Saturday but after two ties this year, their absence has been notable.
When you throw in Wednesday's rain that produced one farce and two no results, the difference between shared points and full points is something that cannot be ignored. And while the rain cannot be helped, other things can be.
"We've seen two ties already and I think all coaches agree we need to see a result, whatever form that's in whether it's a Super Over or how that's determined," Team Abu Dhabi coach Trevor Bayliss, whose side was hit by both that abandonment and T10's first-ever tie, told ESPNcricinfo. "A result in every match would be good for everyone involved, not just the players but obviously the fans and the viewers at home as well."
Morgan, like Bayliss, knows the finality of a Super Over more than most after this year's ODI World Cup final and he would rather a ten-over game had a conclusion. "If we played in a tied game and we ended up a point short the argument is: would you rather have a result than one point each and I'd always err on the side of having a result," Morgan said.
Shaji puts the fast turnaround of games as a reason behind the lack of Super Overs until the qualifiers and final, his argument based on the fact that one of T10's greatest USP is its 90-minute game-time. When you factor in slots on TV schedules and advertising space, it is no easy thing to balance.
"We will be looking at it from next season onwards," Shaji said. "Now that we've had two ties, we will probably consider changing those playing conditions. We want something innovative like two bowlers, three balls each."
One thing the Abu Dhabi T10 will be hoping to sustain is the strong crowds that have turned out so far. The UAE is a notoriously difficult place to pull in supporters despite a cricket-mad diaspora. To combat it this year, organisers invested in buses from across the emirates to provide transport for people that otherwise would have found it difficult to source.
The result has been remarkable as evidenced by Friday's enormous crowd-swell, and Morgan hopes that, in future, the showpiece events are scheduled to tie-in with what is a non-working day for the majority of the country.
"You look at the crowd today given that it's the weekend here and that's fantastic to see. Probably one of the things would be having the final on a weekend [Friday or Saturday] as opposed to [Sunday]. But it's still great to see crowds like that today."