Ross Whiteley will compete in the first ever T10 Cricket League which is being played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates next month.

The Worcestershire all-rounder will make the switch from T20 to an even shorter format of the game after the Bangladesh Premier League reaches its climax in early December.

Whiteley has been named in the Maratha Arabians squad for the tournament which is being staged from December 14 to 17.

The 10 overs a side games have to be completed in 90 minutes.

Whiteley’s team-mates will include captain Virender Sehwag, Lendl Simmons, Alex Hales, Mohammed Sami, Kumar Sangakkara and Mohammed Amir.

Six teams comprising of more than 50 international players will be participating.

The other sides are Bengal Tigers, Kerala Kings, Pakhtoons, Colombo Lions and Punjabi Legends.

Worcestershire Assistant Coach Matt Mason said: “It is all great experience. There is no doubt that Ross is one of our best T20 players, one of the best strikers of a ball in the country.

“He has been involved in the Bangladesh Premier League and now has got a slot in the T10 League.

“It is brilliant for him. He will learn plenty. He is surrounded by some great players.

“There is nothing like playing in matches and if you are surrounding by international players it is even better.

“Hopefully he will come back with a heap of information on how the game is evolving which can be used.

“But also his own game will improve no doubt particularly against the areas of spin which I know it is an area he wants to strengthen.”

The full Maratha Arabians squad is:

Virender Sehwag (captain)

Lendl Simmons

ROSS WHITELEY

Alex Hales

Hardus Viljoen

Wayne Parnell

Rilee Roussouw

Mohammad Sami

Kamran Akmal

Imad Wasim

Kumar Sangakkara

Mohammed Amir

Reolof Van Der Merwe

Shaiman Anwar

Zahoor Khan