UAE set to host new international T20 cricket league
The first ever T20 league in UAE will be played in 2018 and its official launch will be held in June 2018. This UAE T20 itself will be played in the months of December 2018 and January 2019. Get all the information around the UAE T20 League 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 could see a total of five sides featuring in the competition. Each of these five teams will play each other in a league format twice, which gives you 20 matches in a round-robin method, which will be followed by the knock-outs.
This UAE T20 League will be played across 24 days and a sum total of 22 matches will be played which suggests that the team finishing at the top of the points table could get a direct entry into the final while teams placed second and third will fight it out for the second place.
The five teams that will participate in the competition could be based out of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah, the five cities which will also play host to the tournament.
Squads will be chosen through either a draft or an auction, as has been the case throughout the world of cricket, and squads will be 16-member teams with six international “star” players. There will be two emerging players from ICC Full Member nations, three from ICC Associate countries, two junior and three UAE players in the line-up to go with that.
David East, the Emirates Cricket Board CEO said:
Our firm aim is for this event to take the sport to all corners of the UAE and to develop cricket at a grassroots level initially in – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaima. This will not be just another T20 tournament; it will be a true international festival of sport and the hottest cricket ticket in the UAE.
Players from England, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, New Zealand and West Indies can be expected to participate in the competition and it remains to be seen how the Pakistan cricket reacts to this news given they have their own PSL which is played in the UAE.