The inaugural season of DP World ILT20 is around the corner, and it’s going to be a golden chance for the UAE national team players to showcase their skills in front of big cricketing world names.
The Desert Vipers UAE players Rohan Mustafa and Ronak Panoly are looking forward to playing with world-ranked Sri Lankan legspinner Wanindu Hasaranga, explosive left-handed Kiwi batsman Colin Munro, and English opener Alex Hales.
In an interview with the media, UAE Player Rohan Mustafa said,
“I am looking forward to playing alongside Colin Munro. I played with him in the Global T20 Canada, and he was the captain of our side there. I am also looking forward to playing with Wanindu Hasaranga, as he is one of the best leg spinners in the world.”
How Mustafa got into professional cricket said, “I started playing cricket in 2003, and my father wanted me to play the sport. I kept working hard and eventually started playing for a domestic team. Later on, I did well in the U19 circuit, which helped me to find a place on the national side in 2014.”
UAE Allrounder Player “Panoly” also spoke with the media
“I would want to be around Alex Hales and try to learn from him because he is an explosive opener. I want to incorporate some of the aspects of his game into my own. I would also like to face Wanindu Hasaranga in the nets, as that would be a really good challenge. Cricket was always a big thing for me as I am from an Indian family. I started playing the game with plastic bats, and then, later on, I decided to take up the sport as a career. And I am glad that I have moved through the ranks and found a place in a DP World ILT20 team.”
Both these UAE stars also shared their views about their selection in DP World ILT20; they said
“I was really happy when I got to know that I will be playing for the Desert Vipers in the DP World ILT20. It’s such a big team, and it has so many big names. This is a dream accomplished for me, as everyone wants to play in such a big league. And when you play for these kinds of teams, you get an opportunity from other teams,” said Mustafa.
“I was really excited when I heard about the DP World ILT20. I knew that I had to work hard to get picked by a franchise. And then, when the Desert Vipers offered a place in their side, I was thoroughly excited. I am really thankful for the opportunity.” said Panoly.
Desert Vipers will play its first game on 15 January 2023 against Sharjah Warriors in Dubai. Follow UAEPLT20 to get updates about all the actions of International League T20.