Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) is pleased to announce that UAE’s own exclusive T20 league has been sanctioned by ECB Chairman His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan to Dubai Sports City and will soon be held in the UAE. The dates being considered are December 2021 and January 2022.
Like all other successful global league models, the T20 league in the UAE will be franchise based which will attract major international cricketers. Modalities of the League are being finalised. Dr. Tayeb Kamali, ECB Board Member and Selection Committee Chairman commented, “We are delighted with the launch of our own T20 League, one we believe will enhance the growth and popularity of cricket being played in the UAE. We also envisage that UAE-based players will continue to flourish through such opportunities as they continue to make their mark on the international stage.”
Get ready to cheer for Abu Dhabi Knight Riders⚡— Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (@ADKRiders) June 6, 2022
🚨 The first season of International League T20 (ILT20) will be played between🗓️ 6th January and 12th February 2023 in the UAE.#CantWait #AbuDhabiKnightRiders pic.twitter.com/WzVCitv688
“We see this League as another premier addition to our growing tournament calendar. Emirates Cricket, and the UAE, has a proven history of identifying and embracing initiatives that underpin the success of the game, as well as encourage and develop home-grown talent.” said Khalid Al Zarooni, ECB Vice Chairman and Board Member Asian Cricket Council.
More information about the newly sanctioned League will be announced in the near future.