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Inaugural season of UAE’s International League T20 scheduled for January-February 2023

The tournament includes six teams in a franchise-style league which will be played over 34 matches.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 7 June 2022 4:44 pm

International League T20

The United Arab Emirates Cricket Board on Monday announced the schedule for the inaugural edition of the International League T20 (ILT20) League. The tournament will be played between the window of 6 January to 12 February 2023. The six-team franchise-style league will include a 34-match schedule at the multiple cricketing venues like the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Dubai International Stadium, Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, etc in UAE. 

Minister of Tolerance and Co-existence and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan released a statement addressing their new tournament (International League T20) and announced the team owners along with the official broadcaster for the league Zee. 

The statement said, “Emirates Cricket Board is delighted to welcome Reliance Industries, Kolkata Knight Riders, Capri Global, GMR, Lancer Capital, Adani Sportsline, broadcaster ZEE, and all other stakeholders to the newly established International League T20 of UAE.” 

“Such illustrious, experienced names and entities as partners bode well for the International League T20. Through the commitment of these partners, they have demonstrated confidence in the Emirates Cricket Board as we take the game into the future,” he added.

International League T20 will act as a beneficial platform for the growth of Emirates Cricket by helping in the development of their local talent to a higher level, where UAE-based players currently integrated with the board’s programme, along with some selected players by the high-performance coaching and selection committee teams and will have a chance to practice and play with some cricketing stars from around the world. 

“Through this tournament, UAE-based players continue to flourish,” Zarooni

“Emirates Cricket and the UAE, have a proven history of identifying and embracing initiatives that underpin the success of the game. It is vitally important, that through this tournament UAE-based players continue to flourish which is one of the objectives of this League,” said Khalid Al Zarooni, Chairman, International League T20.

“International League T20 wishes to thank Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Chairman of ECB for his unstinting support to UAE cricket which, under his guidance, has been growing from strength to strength. We look forward to introducing to the world a T20 event that will provide unmatched competition and entertainment to the ardent followers of this game,” he added.

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