UAE ILT20 will start with Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs Dubai Capitals match on January 13 | News Bharat

The inaugural edition of the ILT20 in the UAE will begin on January 13 with Dubai Capitals taking on Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, with the final scheduled for February 12.

There will be a total of 34 matches, 30 in the league stage and then the four playoffs, with the Dubai International Stadium hosting both the tournament opener and the final. A total of 16 matches will be held in Dubai, with Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi hosting ten matches and Sharjah International Stadium hosting eight matches. For five days, every weekend, double headers have been assigned.

The six-team competition will feature all teams [Desert Vipers, Gulf Giants, MI Emirates and Sharjah Warriors are the other teams] playing the other two times, with the top four making the playoffs. Subsequently, there will be one play-off and two play-offs – as in the IPL – to identify the two finalists. On single-match days, the action will begin at 6:00 PM local time (7:30 PM IST), while the first matches on double-header days will begin at 2:00 PM local time (3:30 PM IST).

As things stand, the ILT20 is part of a packed January 2023 calendar, with dates clashing with other franchise leagues. South Africa’s new T20 league, the SA20, has announced matches from January 10 to February 11. Australia’s Big Bash League will also be underway at this time – starting in December and running until February 4. The 2023 PSL season is set. will begin on February 9, and the Bangladesh Premier League is also expected to be played somewhere in the same window.

While all the leagues are running simultaneously, the ILT20 will feature some big names like Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, Alex Hales, Moeen Ali, Wanindu Hasaranga, Sikandar Raza and Dasun Shanaka. The contracts of the league’s top players are expected to be around $450,000 per season, making it the second most lucrative T20 league behind the IPL.

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