The UAE’s International League T20 will hold its inaugural season next year. The tournament is getting a lot of attention even before its first season because of the famous players who will participate in it and the prize money. After the Indian Premier League, several experts have already predicted that the International League T20 will one day surpass it as the best T20 league in the world (IPL).
The tournament has already received ICC approval for a multi-year period. The International League T20’s inaugural season will be played at world-class cricket facilities in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
The competition will feature some of the biggest T20 stars. Stars from England, West Indies, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, and Ireland have already signed up for the competition, as have representatives from several leading ICC Associate Nations, including the United States, Namibia, the Netherlands, and Nepal.
ILT20 – Schedule:
The first International League T20 tournament is set to take place from January 6th to February 12th, 2023. The upcoming tournament will feature 34 matches in total. The detailed schedule for the ILT20 league is yet to be announced by officials.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨 Emirates Cricket Board confirms their inaugural #ILT20 League will be played between the window of 6th January to 12th February 2023— UAE Cricket Official (@EmiratesCricket) June 6, 2022
All you need to know about this EXCITING news 👉 https://t.co/UudHm5onZF
Image: ECB Chairman H.H.Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan pic.twitter.com/F7Bfq99gzh
International League T20 – Teams, Team owners, team list:
The inaugural season of the International League T20 will feature a total of 6 teams. Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited, Knight Riders Group, Capri Global, GMR Group, Lancer Capital, and Adani Sportsline are the six franchise owners. The names of the remaining two teams have not yet been revealed. There are six teams total; four of them are the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, Dubai Capitals, Gulf Giants, and the MI Emirates.
Here are the team names along with their owners:
|Abu Dhabi Knight Riders||Abu Dhabi, Emirate of Abu Dhabi||Knight Riders Group|
|Dubai Capitals||Dubai, Emirate of Dubai||GMR Group|
|Gulf Giants||None||Adani Sportsline|
|MI Emirates||None||Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited|
|TBD||Sharjah, Emirate of Sharjah||Capri Global Capital Limited|
|TBD||TBD||Lancer Capital LLC|
ILT20 – Squads:
Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Nicholas Pooran (West Indies), Trent Boult (New Zealand), Andre Fletcher (West Indies), Imran Tahir (South Africa), Samit Patel (England), Will Smeed (England), Jordan Thompson (England), Najibullah Zadran (Afghanistan), Zahir Khan (Afghanistan), Fazalhaq Farooqui (Afghanistan), Bradley Wheal (Scotland), Bas De Leede (Netherlands)
Abu Dhabi Knight Riders:
Sunil Narine (West Indies), Andre Russell (West Indies), Jonny Bairstow (England), Paul Stirling (Ireland), Lahiru Kumara (Sri Lanka), Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka), Colin Ingram (South Africa), Akeal Hosein (West Indies), Seekkuge Prasanna (Sri Lanka), Ravi Rampaul (West Indies), Raymon Reifer (West Indies), Kennar Lewis (West Indies), Ali Khan (United States of America), Brandon Glover (Netherlands)
Dubai Capitals squad:
Rovman Powell, Hazratullah Zazai, Daniel Lawrence, George Munsey, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Niroshan Dickwella, Sikandar Raza, Dasun Shanaka, Fabian Allen, Isuru Udana, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dushmantha Chameera, Fred Klaassen, Blessing Muzarabani
Here we are, Dubai Capitals' 𝓒𝓵𝓪𝓼𝓼 𝓸𝓯 2023 🏏🎓— Dubai Capitals (@Dubai_Capitals) August 18, 2022
And not just that, Shri Kiran Kumar Grandhi, Chairman of Dubai Capitals talks about the idea behind creating a new legacy… 𝐂𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞 😍
#ILT20 #DubaiCapitals #GMRGroup #GMRSports pic.twitter.com/kMbgTuNuuS
International League T20 – Where to watch, live streaming:
In India, the League will only be broadcast on ZEE’s linear channels and its OTT platform ZEE5.