The International League T20 is an exciting new addition to professional T20 cricket. Many popular cricketers with their dedicated follower base are part of this upcoming tournament. The UAE ILT20 2023 is placed in the United Arab Emirates and is owned by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).
DP World ILT20 is a 20 overs tournament based on six franchises. All of the squads are selected and administered by the franchise owners. Along with international players, UAE local cricketers will also play in this tournament.
The Inaugural Season of the DP World ILT20 2023
The league’s first edition is set to take place between January and February 2023. DP World ILT20 is already looking to be a successful addition to global cricket. Fans are excited to watch the tournament and its electrifying opening ceremony that will take place on January 13, 2023.
Opening Ceremony of ILT20 2023
The grand opening ceremony of ILT20 will be filled with famous personalities from different parts of the world, like Jason Durelo and Indian Rapper Badshah, who will be electrifying the ceremony of the International League T20 2023.
You can also catch the opening ceremony on streaming platforms. Or even better, buy tickets to view it live in Dubai International Stadium.
UAE ILT20 2023 Teams
There are six teams in ILT20 2023, and those will be facing each other in the tournament. The participating teams are Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, Dubai Capitals, MI Emirates, Gulf Giants, Sharjah Warriors, and Desert Vipers.
DP World International T20 League (ILT20) Squads 2023
Each of the 6 teams can consist of up to 18 players. 12 is the maximum limit of international players in a single squad with a minimum requirement of at least 4 local players from UAE.
The diverse roaster of each team has raised the bar of excitement for cricket fans worldwide, as it contains some of the most famous faces from all over the world.
Here are all the six franchises squads for the first edition of ILT20 2023.
Team Coaches of UAE T20 League 2023
The coaches heading each of the six teams are as if not more impressive than the players’ lineup. Here are the head coaches of each participating squad:
- Abu Dhabi Knight Riders’ head coach (TBD).
- Phil Simmons, a veteran all-rounder cricketer from the West Indies, is the coach of Dubai Capitals.
- Shane Bond, a former cricketer considered among the top fast bowlers, will be the coach of MI Emirates.
- Andy Flower, who is considered the greatest batsman Zimbabwe has ever produced, will be the coach of Gulf Giants.
- Paul Farbrace, who had great success as head coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team, will be the head of the Sharjah Warriors.
- Tom Moody, along with James Foster, a former wicket-keeper from England, will be the coach of Desert Vipers.
DP World ILT20 2023 Schedule
The much-awaited DP World International league is set to start on January 13, 2023. It will continue until February 12, 2023, as announced by the Emirates Cricket Board.
The first match of the highly anticipated ILT20 will kick off on January 13, 2023, with Dubai Capitals vs. Abu Dhabi Knight Riders. The first season’s final match will be concluded on February 12, 2023.
International League T20 Matches Format
There will be a total of 34 matches that will be played in the International League T20. The participating team will play a double round-robin format, in which each team will be facing off each other twice before moving to the next stage.
The winners from the first stage will proceed into four playoffs, deciding the winner of the first edition of ILT20 2023.
Local Player Registration 2023
Emirates Cricket Board opened player registrations were opened on November 1, 2022. The closing date was decided for November 18. Every team includes at least 4 slots for UAE-based players. So, it was a chance for all regional players to showcase their abilities.
The UAE-based players for all squads were announced to be shortlisted and selected by the end of December 2022.
UAE ILT20 2023 Venues
The first edition of ILT20 will take place in different venues across the United Arab Emirates (UAE). All the stadiums in UAE provide premium facilities with a perfect pick for cricketers and fans. The stadiums included with their capacity are;
- Dubai International Cricket Stadium with 25,000 Capacity
- Sheikh Zayed Stadium with 20,000 Capacity
- Sharjah Cricket Stadium with 16,000 Capacity.
Tickets for the DP World ILT20 2023
The tickets for the UAE’s ILT20 are live to purchase, with a minimum going for 20 AED each for the general area. However, the ticket prices vary from stand to stand. There will be 3 areas/stands: General, Family, and Corporate hospitability.
The starting price of 60 AED will allow you to enter the established lounge section. The pricing for the hospitality section starts from 120 AED. The children’s ticket prices start from 10 AED.
For the best and most luxurious experience in ILT20, cricket fans can opt for VIP corporate boxes are the best bet, the ticket for these starts from 2,500 AED. Book your ILT20 tickets now and grab the sales offer.
ILT20 Steaming and Channels
If you are among those Cricket fans who love to watch the game from the comfort of their home, then read the listed details.
Zee Entertainment has the right to broadcast the first season of UAE ILT20 2023. Given that Zee does not have their own channel, the broadcasting channels may differ from country to country.
- Cricket fans from India can watch the ILT20 on Zee TV, Zee TV HD, Sony Six, and Sony Six HD.
- In Pakistan, the ILT20 can be viewed on Geo Super and ASports
- Srilankan Fans can watch the ILT20 on Sony Tv Channels, which are Sony Six or Sony HD.
- Cricket viewers from the UK can use Sky Sports UK, as they will be covering the ILT20.
- In Bangladesh, the rights to stream ILT20 have been won by Gazi TV.
- Super Sports TV will be broadcasting the ILT20 in South Africa.
- In the USA, Cricket fans can use Willow TV to watch the first season of ILT20.
- Australian Cricket fans will be able to watch the ILT20 on Fox Sports.
For digital viewing, various Zee Entertainment-owned digital platforms will be streaming the ILT20, like 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.
Commentary Panel for UAE International League T20 2023
The first season of the UAE’s ILT20 league is jam-packed with a lineup of esteemed commentators and presenters. The panel includes iconic voices like Ian Bishop, Simon Doull, and David Lloyd. They will be joined by some of the legendary cricket players, including David Gower, Wasim Akram, Mohammad Azharuddin, Harbhajan Singh, Waqar Younis, and Niall O’Brien.
The main panel with be joined by some popular cricket personalities in the Indian sub-panel, with the likes of Russel Arnold, Rohan Gavaskar, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Saba Karim, Nikhil Chopra, Vivek Razdan, WV Raman, S Sriram, and Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan.
The presenters for ILT20 include the former Indian captain Anjum Chopra, who Natalie Germano will join. At the same time, the presenters will be Sanjana Ganesan, Laura McGoldrick, Alex Jordan, Swastika Rajendran Sagarika Chhetri, and Sameena Anwar.
The Official Partners and Sponsors of the UAE T20 League
DP World, a multinational logistics company from UAE, is the official title sponsor for the International League T20. The deal between both parties are for the next 5 year, and the league is officially now called ‘DP World ILT20.’
Smart ball Technology in the First Edition of UAE ILT20
The ILT20 is upping the game by introducing smart ball technology in the cricket scene. For that, they have partnered with ‘Smart ball’ for the first season. Smart ball aims to provide detailed analytics in real-time.
The data provided by Smart ball will then be used to analyze players’ performances and for the cricket fans to experience the real-time data of their favorite cricket players.
UAE ILT20 2023 Trophy
UAE is known for going big when it comes to providing valuable souvenirs. The same is the case with the DP World ILT20 tournament trophy. The trophy is designed and made by the renowned Thomas Lyte and reflects UAE’s rich culture and heritage.
The DP World International League T20 by UAE is going to be an exciting event for Cricket fans from all over the world. From the roaster of some of the most famous Cricket players, well-recognized Coaches, new technology, and the top-notch UAE stadiums, all things point towards a successful first edition of the ILT20 2023.