The Emirates Cricket Board has announced that the initial ILT20 League would take place around January 6 and February 12, 2023. “International League T20,” or “ILT20,” will be the name of the new competition.
Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, 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 T20 League of UAE. Such illustrious, experienced names and entities as partners bode well for the UAE T20 League. Through the commitment of these partners, they have demonstrated confidence in the Emirates Cricket Board as we take the game into the future”.
“As we begin this long journey I am confident that together we will achieve new heights and in the process provide entertainment and excitement to the millions of fans around the globe who are waiting for the first ball of the UAE T20 League to be bowled.”
“On behalf of the ECB let me assure everyone that whilst being entertained on the field by cricket, you will also be entertained by our traditional UAE hospitality off the field.”
The six-team franchise-style competition will be contested over a 34-match calendar at world-class stadiums in the United Arab Emirates. The first action is slated to take place between January 6th and February 12th, 2023. The championship will also offer a beneficial foundation for Emirates Cricket to begin taking their native talent development to the next level, with UAE-based athletes presently enrolled in the Board’s programme, as well as those defined by the High-Performance Coaching and Selection Committee teams, having the advantage of preparing and start amidst a few of today’s modern game’s greatest brains.
Khalid Al Zarooni, Chairman, ILT20 said, “Emirates Cricket, and the UAE, has 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.”
“The ILT20 wishes to thank His Highness 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.”
Dr Tayeb Kamali, Chairman, Selection Committee – Emirates Cricket Board, said, “The annual ILT20 event presents an excellent exposure for our players given the highly intense and competitive nature of the league.” “Each of the six teams in the 34-match tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for our young cricketers to play competitive cricket with world-class players.”
“Further, such a unique international league would play a big role in attracting and nurturing a larger pool of players who will go on to represent the UAE in the years to come. We look forward to the inaugural event and our players taking full advantage of the opportunity.”