Five champion Italian sides, Royal Roma, Kings XI, Venezia, Fresh Tropical and Jinnah Brescia feature over six days in 24 high-octane T10 matches from the capital Rome. 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.
Kings XI, the team from the "Pianura Padana" were hotly fancied to do well at their ECS debut last summer but flattered to deceive with just a solitary win to show for their efforts. Kings will be a much better side for that experience and impressed during their magnificent run to the final of the T20 Championship and the Coppa Italia last year, succumbing to Italian treble winners Brescia in both.
Kings style seems well suited to the T10 format with good batting and bowling depth in their ranks. Kings XI enjoyed a dream run at FanCode ECS Italy Bologna winning a couple of improbable games including a then highest ever run chase of 152 against Baracca Prato. KIN-XI remained unbeaten in the tournament winning all seven of their games.
KINGS XI (KIN-XI)
Captain: Jaipal Singh
Wicketkeeper: Manjeet Singh
Projected Top Four: Vikas Kumar, Malkeet Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Jagmeet Singh
Projected Opening Bowlers: Vikas Kumar, Noman Ali
Spin Options: Jagmeet Singh, Jaipal Singh
KINGS XI Key Players:
Simranjit Singh, classical batter, plays the straight drive and pull shot very well, the right hander was in red hot form at FanCode ECS Italy Bologna playing a couple of extraordinary knocks, top scored with 228 runs in seven games at a SR of 245 including an unbeaten 88 of 25 balls.
Vikas Kumar, big hitter, loves to cut and pull, second highest run scorer for KIN-XI, hammered a match winning 21-ball 54 in the semi-final at FanCode ECS Italy Bologna. He also picked up nine wickets jointly leading the wickets column for KIN-XI.
Noman Ali, fast bowler, looked lethal with his extra pace troubling the batsmen in Bologna, swings the ball away from right handers, joint leading wicket taker for KIN-XI scalping NINE wickets.
Tune into the live action from Rome from Monday to Saturday from * 0900 CET * 0800 GMT * 1330 IST.