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ECB: ILT20 delivers on promise of local players’ development as 24 UAE players are announced for the inaugural edition

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In just over one month until the first ‘Smartball’ is bowled, and the first bat echoes its glorious crack across the Dubai International Stadium, the International League T20 has today, in conjunction with its six-franchises – Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, Desert Vipers, Dubai Capitals, Gulf Giants, MI Emirates and Sharjah Warriors – announced to the cricketing world the UAE players who will compete in the inaugural ILT20 from Friday, 13 January. 

This announcement also firms-up the final teams leading into the league’s inaugural edition.

With 24 coveted places available, comprising of four players per team and where at least two (players) will play in the starting XI of each side in each match, the much-anticipated announcement marks an incredible moment in Emirates Cricket’s history as well as heralds a bright future for the Associate nation on their journey towards player development. 

In exposing UAE’s players to a world-class tournament in an event ratified by the ICC the induction of the players is inarguably a huge boost to Associate Cricket. 

Mubashshir Usmani, General Secretary Emirates Cricket said, “Today is an extremely rewarding day. We continue to reiterate that at its heart the league is built on a foundation of development for UAE Cricket and the UAE players. 

“To be in the position to now share with the cricketing world that we have delivered on this mandate, with the support of and commitment from our franchises, that 24 of the best available UAE talent has been secured (by the franchises) is an incredible day for Emirates Cricket and the Board.

“We are delighted that alongside a number of capped players the performance and development teams identified a number of budding uncapped players from an exceptionally deep pool on offer.”

UAE Players secured by ILT20’s six franchises are

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders;

Matiullah Khan

Fahad Nawaz

Sabir Ali

Zawar Farid

Desert Vipers;

Rohan Mustafa

Sheraz Ahmad

Ali Naseer

Ronak Panoly

Dubai Capitals;

Hazrat Luqman

Chirag Suri

Jash Ginyani

Raja Akif Ullah Khan

Gulf Giants;

Aayan Khan

Sanchit Sharma

CP Rizwaan

Ashwanth Valthapa

MI Emirates;

Muhammad Waseem

Basil Hameed

Vriitya Aravind

Zahoor Khan

Sharjah Warriors;

Karthik Meiyappan

Alishan Sharafu

Junaid Siddique

Muhammad Jawadullah

Making its debut in January (2023), the inaugural ILT20, which has received multi-year ICC approval, will be played across the UAE’s exemplary, world-class Cricket facilities in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Cricket fans across the world can catch the LIVE telecast of this exciting cricket league on ZEE’s linear channels, digital platform, Zee5 as well as Zee Cinema SD, Zee Cinema HD, Zee Anmol Cinema, &Pictures HD, &Flix SD, &Flix HD, Zee Zest SD, Zee Zest HD, Zee Bangla Cinema and Zee Thirai. 

Franchise teams, comprising 84 International and 24 UAE-based players, include Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Kolkata Knight Riders), Desert Vipers (Lancer Capital), Dubai Capitals (GMR), Gulf Giants (Adani Sportsline), MI Emirates (Reliance Industries), and Sharjah Warriors (Capri Global). ILT20 news, updates and interactive chat can be found via www.ilt20.ae and @ILT20Official on facebooktwitterinstagramtiktok, snap chat and linkedin.

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