Six top Italian sides Baracca Prato, Bologna, Cricket Stars, Kings XI, Pianoro and Royal Parma feature over six days in 24 explosive T10 matches from beautiful Bologna. Every game will be live streamed worldwide on the European Cricket Network and on FanCode - a multi-sport aggregator platform, from the house of Dream Sports for the Indian Sub-Continent.
Pianoro are the most successful club in the history of Italian cricket under the driving force of their long-time President Professor Arcido Parisi, who has introduced thousands of students to the game over the decades at the local school. Pianora are the hosts this week and their ground, Oval Rastignano, is magnificent, and will become the first cricket ground with a grass pitch in Italy this summer.
15-time Italian Champions in the 50 over format and Coppa Italia Champions on six occasions, Pianoro, a small town just outside Bologna, have not focused on the shorter format until now. With the talented Rana brothers leading the way, it will be interesting to see how PIA impact T10 cricket on the ECS stage.
Captain: Arslan Rana
Wicketkeeper: Nasir Abbas
Projected Top Four: Charles Fernando, Waleed Rana, Nilantha Kotikawatta, Nasir Abbas
Projected Opening Bowlers: Waleed Rana, Arslan Rana
Spin Options: Nicolo Fernando, Hammad Amjad
Waleed Rana, all-rounder, looked in ominous touch in his 25-ball 48 and virtuoso match-winning performance.
Arslan Rana, captain, medium pace bowler, swings the ball into the right handers, provides lusty blows in the middle order.
Charles Fernando, all-rounder, big hitter, loves pace on the ball and hits through the line, bowls fast and can swing the ball both ways.
Nasir Abbas, aggressive batsman, swings hard, doesn't mind keeping the ball down, can destroy any bowling line-up if gets going.