UAE set to host new international T20 league – UAE T20X
The first ever T20 league in UAE will be played in 2018 and its official launch was held in June 2018. Named UAE T20x, the tournament will begin on December 19 2018 and conclude on January 11 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.
The UAE T20X logo was released on August 8. For now, the latest reports suggest UAE T20x 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.
There will be 22 matches played, involving five franchises, with the action spread between Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. This UAE T20x 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, four emerging and junior and three UAE players in the line-up to go with that.
Zayed Abbas, ECB Board Member and Official Spokesperson, said at the launch:
“The number one aim of UAE T20x is to offer a developmental platform for the best young cricketers from around the world, and of course the UAE, to showcase their talent alongside the icons of the game. We want this new league to play its part in helping to grow the game, so we are looking forward to announcing, over the coming weeks, some of the hottest names in cricket who will be part of UAE T20x.”
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, South Africa, Afghanistan, New Zealand and West Indies can be expected to participate in the competition, along with 12 other Associate nations 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.