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ILT20 Explained
Jan 25, 2023, 9:00:00 PM

ILT20 Explained

On Friday, January 13, the first-ever DP World International League T20 (ILT20) got underway in the United Arab Emirates.

A five-year title sponsorship deal between the International League T20 and DP World was revealed today, changing the name of the forthcoming six-team franchise competition from the International League T20 to the DP World International League T20.

The agreement comes as 84 international cricket stars like Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer, Moeen Ali, Kieron Pollard, and Wanindu Hasaranga, as well as several shining Associate players like Mark Watt and David Wiese, and 24 of UAE's current and rising talents, prepare to converge on the UAE and play in the inaugural season of UAE's homegrown T20 competition at venues in Dubai (Dubai International Stadium), Sharjah (Sharjah).

Teams like the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, Desert Vipers, Dubai Capitals, Gulf Giants, MI Emirates, and Sharjah Warriors compete in the first-ever DP World International League T20. All 34 matches, in which the teams compete for the magnificent, cherished trophy, will be broadcast live on the extensive, global Zee Network.

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise owners such as Knight Riders Group, Reliance Industries, GMR Group, Lancer Capitals, and Adani Group were revealed. The owners of the three original IPL clubs (Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, and Delhi Capitals) each had the option of re-signing up to four players from their respective active IPL rosters.

A statement from Mubashshir Usmani, General Secretary of the Emirates Cricket Board, reads as follows: "We at the DP World ILT20 have always looked for a way to innovate and this also includes the kind of technology that we will use as a League which is why we chose 'Teamworks, the Operating System for Sports,' which will be a great asset to the league's multifaceted operational requirements. "We are confident this technology will provide our personnel with a seamless system, allowing them to manage and communicate elements of our opening-ceremony extravaganza, coordinate movements of teams, players, and officials, and plan and execute vital venue-specific operations to deliver the DP World ILT20 successfully."

The Squad 

The Abu Dhabi Knight Riders squad includes Sunil Narine (captain), Andre Russell, Connor Esterhuizen, Lahiru Kumara, Charith Asalanka, Colin Ingram, Akeal Hosein, Paul Stirling, Zawar Fareed, Kennar Lewis, Sabir Ali, Ali Khan, Brandon Glover, Ravi Rampaul, Raymon Reifer, Fahad Nawaz, Mathi Ulla, Dananjaya De Silva, Marchant De Lange and Traveen Mathew.

While the Desert Vipers squad includes Wanindu Hasaranga, Alex Hales, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Colin Munro (captain), Tymal Mills, Matheesh Pathirana, Sherfane Rutherford, Rohan Mustafa, Shiraz Ahmed, Sheldon Cottrell, Ali Naseer, Adam Lyth, Dinesh Chandimal, Benny Howell, Mark Watt, Ruben Trumpelmann, Ronak Panoly, Jake Lintott and Gus Atkinson.

Meanwhile, Rovman Powell (captain), Dasun Shanaka, Fabian Allen, Mujeeb Rahman, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Sikandar Raza, Hazratullah Zazai, Chirag Suri, Daniel Lawrence, Jash Gianyani, Niroshan Dickwella, Fred Klaassen, George Munsey, Hazrat Khan, Raja Akif Ullah Khan, Joe Root, Robin Uthappa, Ravi Bopara, Yusuf Pathan and Ollie White are part of the Dubai Capitals set-up.

Gulf Giants includes Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Jordan, James Vince (captain), Chris Lynn, Dominic Drakes, Jamie Overton, Liam Andrew Dawson, Ollie Pope, Ashwant Valthapa, CP Rizwan, Sanchit Sharma, Ayan Khan, Qais Ahmed, Richard Gleeson, David Wiese, Rehan Ahmed, Tom Banton, Tom Helm and Gerhard Erasmus.

Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard (captain), Trent Boult, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Nicholas Pooran, Imran Tahir, Will Smeed, Jordan Thompson, Zahir Khan Pakten, Muhammad Waseem, Samit Patel, Zahoor Khan, Bradley Wheal, Bas de Leede, Andre Fletcher, Najibullah Zadran, Vriitya Aravind, Basil Hameed, Craig Overton, Tom Lamonby, Lorcan Tucker, Daniel Mouseley and McKenny Clarke form MI Emirates squad.

While the Sharjah Warriors squad includes Moeen Ali (captain), Evin Lewis, Chris Woakes, Mohammed Nabi, Dawid Malan, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Benjamin, Joe Denly, Rahmanullah Gurbaaz, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Karthik Meiyyappan, Naveen-ul-Haq Murid, Muhammad Junaid, Noor Ahmed, Khan Bilal, Mark Deyal, Alishan Sharafu, Muhammad Jawad Ullah and Jamal Todd.


An extravagant opening ceremony featuring superstars Badshah and megastar Jason Derulo will wow fans at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday, 13 January 2023, before the Dubai Capitals take on the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in what is expected to be a mouthwatering opening match, launching the inaugural edition of the DP World ILT20.

When it begins to play in the United Arab Emirates on January 13 (2023), the DP World ILT20 will feature some of the biggest names in cricket. The league will consist of 34 games, all of which will be played in one of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or Sharjah's world-class cricket venues.

Franchise teams, including the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Knight Riders Group), Desert Vipers (Lancer Capital), Dubai Capitals (GMR), Gulf Giants (Adani Sportsline), MI Emirates (Reliance Industries), and Sharjah Warriors (Sharjah Cricket Board) feature over 100 international and 24 UAE-based players (Capri Global).