UAE Announced Their Own International T20 League
UAE T20 League
The United Arab Emirates is all set to join the list of nations with their own T20 leagues and announced that they would launch their T20 league soon.
The tournament will feature the international stars of different countries from all around the world.
Emirates Cricket Board also announced that it already has the support of six cricket boards of ICC Full Member nations, those being England & Wales, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Ireland, New Zealand and the West Indies.
There will be 22 matches played across a 24-day period in the tournament during the months of December and January.
There will be a 16-member squad of each franchise which will include six international star players, three players from ICC Associate Member nations, two emerging players from ICC Full Member nations, two junior players, and three UAE cricketers.
The name of the upcoming league will be announced later at the official meeting. The ICC has granted the sanction for the league to UAE.
The tournament will be hosted in different cities of Arab like Sharjah, Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Ras Al Khaimah.
“Our firm aim is for this event to take the sport to all corners of the UAE and to develop cricket at a grassroots level initially in – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaima. This will not be just another T20 tournament; it will be a true international festival of sport and the hottest cricket ticket in the UAE,” quoted David East, CEO of the Emirates Cricket Board.
The news has come a day after the drafts of the inaugural Global T20 Canada League were announced. The striking feature of the tournament will be that the player quotas in the sides.
There will be a large number of international talent in the competition, and the primary aim of the tournament is to popularize the sport in the country.