The new UAE International League T20 (ILT20) is set to begin on January 13 in Dubai, with the final likely to be played on February 12. The six-team ILT20 is expected to feature 34 matches, with each team playing the other twice before. Four playoff matches.
The tournament is all set to clash with South Africa’s new T20 league, the SA20, which has announced fixtures from January 10 to February 11, 2023. Australia’s Big Bash League will also begin around this time – it will start in December and run until then. February 4. The 2023 season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), meanwhile, is set to begin on February 9, and the Bangladesh Premier League is also expected to be played sometime in the same window.
While all this adds up to great competition to attract the best players and broadcast audiences, the ILT 20 will take comfort in the fact that it has a strong roster of players committed to the tournament. Including Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Trent Boult, Alex. Hales, Moin Ali, Vinindu Hasringa, Mujibur Rahman and Sikandar Raza.
Several of the ILT 20 franchises are owned by Indian companies, including the IPL’s Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals. The owners of Manchester United FC, Lancer Capital are also on the list. Contracts for top players in the cash-rich league are expected to be in the region of USD 450,000 per season, making it the second most lucrative T20 league after the IPL.