Former Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi on Thursday bagged a hat-trick to provide the much-needed fireworks to kick-off the T10 Cricket League in the UAE.

A near-packed stadium enjoyed this new shortest version of the game with fans cheering for every shot and wicket-taking deliveries. When Afridi produced his hat-trick he literally wiped away all doubts on this format’s success with the crowd giving him a standing ovation. His hat-trick victims included Rilee Rossouw and Dwayne John Bravo, and he completed the hat-trick by taking the prize wicket of Maratha Arabians captain and former India’s star batsman Virender Sehwag.