Abu Dhabi to host new international T20 Cricket League
The first ever T20 league in UAE will be played in October 2018 and the competition will be called the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy. This will consist of six teams from six different countries including Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, Afghanistan, England and a sixth team from the UAE itself.
The competition will be played over three days and there will be seven games between October 4 and 6 played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.. Get all the information around the Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy squads, tickets, live streaming options, predictions and schedule for this first season of the tournament below.
For now, the latest reports suggest this new UAE T20 League will see six teams from around the world that include the Lahore Qalandars from the PSL, Boost Defenders from Shpageeza League in Afghanistan, Titans from the Ram Slam T20, Hobart Hurricanes from the Big Bash League and Yorkshire Vikings from the T20 Blast in the UK other than a sixth team from the UAE.
The plan is to host this competition for at least the next three seasons with teams from around the world to be invited by Abu Dhabi. The Sheikh Zayed Stadium will be expected to get in about 20,000 fans for those games which will be played over just three days, at least in the first season.
This will be the third T20 tournament that will be hosted in the UAE in a span of a couple of months, with others being the new Afghanistan league and the T10 League.
Some of the players who have confirmed their participation in this tournament are Chris Gayle, Tymal Mills, Gary Ballance and Pakistan’s Yasir Shah.
Abu Dhabi T20 Schedule
The Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy Schedule can be found below with seven games expected to be played;
October 4: Opening Game
October 6: Final