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ILT20 UAE Mohammad Nabi Sharjah Warriors

Exclusive Interview: Mohammad Nabi leads ILT20’s ‘Local’ Afghan contingent at Sharjah Warriors

Mohammad Nabi Sharjah Warriors

Mohammad Nabi leads ILT20’s ‘local’ Afghan contingent at Sharjah Warriors

  • All-rounder assured new league will set high standards in world franchise cricket

Sharjah, December 28: If there was ever a torch-bearer of the indomitable Afghan spirit on the cricket field, Mohammad Nabi will be the best choice. And the all-rounder is invoking the strong community presence in the UAE to come out in full support for Sharjah Warriors when the International League T20 tournament marks its debut on January 13.

The veteran statesman goes by the nickname “Mr President” given his stature as a leader of the team which has risen remarkably in the past decade and also played an aggressive brand of cricket. It took only four years for Afghanistan elevate from Associate nation status to a Full member within the International Cricket Council, and Nabi was captain of the team on the field for most of that period.

Nabi, 37, still wears his passion on his sleeve and gave up captaincy of his national team after the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia in November. Sharjah Warriors captain Moeen Ali can count on his expertise when the team takes the field especially at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium where the Afghan contingent of Nabi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Noor Ahmad are guaranteed boisterous support.

Sharjah is also a second home, literally, for Nabi where he trains while living in the neighbouring emirate of Ajman. Excerpts from a free-wheeling interview with the cricketer:


1) There’s lot of T20 cricket ahead for you with the ILT20 league starting in January. How excited are you to be part of the Sharjah Warriors under Moeen Ali?

The League is happening for the first time. And we are all hoping it reaches great heights. The team at Sharjah Warriors has also shaped well and seems a great combination which is a perfect fit for the conditions here in the UAE.

2) How do you see the composition of the Sharjah Warriors squad and your initial impression of the league as it is shaping up?

We have good batsmen. In the bowling department also, there is a lot of talent and even variety. I think we are a solid, all-round side and we can do well in the conditions which are more local to us then compared to the competition.

3) Among Asian players in UAE’s conditions which are similar to the subcontinent, the Afghanistan players are in demand and hot property for the ILT20. Do you think it is just the conditions’ advantage or it also reflects on the rising stock of Afghanistan in world cricket?

It is both. The conditions suit us well here. Afghan players are playing everywhere in the world. We have few playing in the Big Bash of Australia currently. Some of us are just back from the Lanka Premier League. We have played in the Pakistan Super League. And now here in the ILT20, the trend should continue. We are also used to playing here in the UAE, we Afghans should do well at the top level.

4) Wearing a captain’s hat, what kind of roles and in what situations do you see for your Sharjah teammates: a) Naveen-ul-Haq b) Rahmanullah Gurbaz and c) Noor Ahmad

Everyone is a good pick if I was the selector. Naveen-ul-Haq has good variations as a fast bowler and he has shown good pace while bowling for Afghanistan. Gurbaz is a power hitter who likes to go over the top. He can give the team a good start and put us in good positions. The chinaman deliveries of Noor can be difficult to tackle in these conditions. If he gets going, he can single-handedly run through the opposition.

5) Afghanistan will play all international cricket again for the next five years. You have always been playing here if not training in India. Does that make Afghan players count as local players in the ILT20?

You can say that. We all have been using the UAE as our home base for many years now; I have been living here (in Ajman) for two years now. So yes, we can be counted as a local only in a manner of speaking.

6) You were the first Afghan player to be bought at the IPL auction (by Sunrisers Hyderabad) but played only three matches. You reckon you were underused by Sunrisers?

I got an opportunity through Sunrisers Hyderabad and grateful for that but I also did not get more opportunities after that. I was at my peak then I even performed well in a match but used to get dropped in the next one. It was difficult to cement your place in the team in the conditions prevalent then. Then there was Rashid Khan also with in the team with me and it was difficult to incorporate two spinners especially from overseas.

7) You have an experience to play in the IPL for four years. Afghanistan team has trained in India for a few years. Is it an advantage for your side with the ICC World Cup 2023 being played there?

Definitely. Apart from the familiarity, the conditions in India are pretty similar to what us Afghan players play and practice in. It is a great opportunity for us to do well at the World Cup.

8) There is a lot of talent in the Indian team but have missed out on winning the silverware at the World Cups or even the Asia Cup held in the UAE … what could be the reason?

Winning or losing is no parameter. If there are 2-3 teams that are ready to be spun out as a competitive national side, there is nothing to worry. And India has that kind of talent.

9) Afghanistan has qualified for 2023 ODI World Cup ahead of even teams such as South Africa. Is it a vindication of the talent in Afghanistan and how do you see the team’s progress parallelly in white-ball cricket?

Surely there is a lot of talent among us. Back home even on the benchstrength I can see a good lot of talented cricketers waiting in the wings and capable of doing well on the big stage. Our qualification for the World Cup has been also down to some strategic planning and acting on it. We had planned well in advance and targeted the key series in which we had to whitewash the opposition and which we acted upon as per the plan.

10) Sharjah has a lot of fan following for Afghans. How do you see the Sharjah Warriors and the fans rooting for you as genuine local supporter base in the home-and-away basis of the league?

I think we have seven or eight games in Sharjah so it should be good to play in front of our fans. I would request everyone to come out in large numbers and support Sharjah Warriors. I am sure they will come, Inshallah.

ILT20 Venue: The venues are expected to be Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Zayed Cricket Stadium, and Dubai International Cricket Stadium for ILT20.

ILT20 in UAE – Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah

ILT20 UAE: UAE’s ILT20 to be held from Jan 13 to Feb 12, 2023. All eyes on the International League in UAE. This is the inaugural season for ILT20 which is scheduled to happen in Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah.

Dubai International Stadium – ILT20 UAE

Dubai International Cricket Stadium – ILT20 Venue in UAE. Dubai International Stadium, Sports City, E311, Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (Old Emirates Road), Dubai. It is going to be the key stadium for the International League T20 tournament in UAE for the Inaugural edition 2023.

2023, Dubai is going to witness the greatest show of entertainment and cricket at one place in Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Dubai International Cricket Stadium formerly ‘Dubai Sports City Stadium’ of the Dubai,United Arab Emirates. Stadium is among the three cricket stadiums located in UAE.

Dubai International Cricket Stadium Capacity: The capacity of the stadium is at 25,000 spectators however it can be expandable for up-to 30,000 spectators. The stadium was established in 2009 and it is owned by DP Dubai Properties Group, a property development and management company.

Dubai International Cricket Stadium is an excellent stadium in UAE with very good maintenance and facilities. The design of this stadium is really cool unlike other stadiums where the lighting are projected from individual poles. 

Dubai International Cricket Stadium is also known as the “Ring of Fire”. The rim of the stadium’s roof has around 365 floodlights arranged in series which stand bold and bright in Dubai skyline – Ring of Fire

Levels of Seating Arrangement at Dubai Stadium (DSC)

Seating arrangement are planned properly based on the expectation of the fans and venue located with perfect seating facilities, well maintained ground. Levels of seating arrangement are

  • Premium Seating (West)
  • Premium Seating (East)
  • International Seating
  • Corporate Boxes
  • General Seating

An astounding field for cheering audiences to spectate stupendous sports anytime of the year. Thousands of people can enjoy the game at the same time (25K); Fool proof security system and opulent facility for the players, Dubai Stadium is a great place for Cricket lovers.

Dubai Cricket Stadium – Sport City is a dynamic project located in the heart of Dubai with a large number of local green areas adopting solar-powered street lighting. Canal is also available in the area. A versatile modern theme master planned community. 

Dubai International Cricket Stadium Map

LOCATION – Located on Old Emirates Road End or Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Road in Dubai Sports City End, Dubai.

Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah – ILT20 UAE

The Sharjah Cricket Stadium is in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. It holds the record for the most ODIs hosted in a venue with 236 ODIs up to 19 February 2018. It was originally constructed in the early 1980s and has been much improved over the years. Sharjah Cricket Stadium considered as one of the oldest cricket venue in Middle East.

Opened: 1980

Phone: +971 6 542 2991

Email: cricket@sharjahcricket.ae

Website: www.sharjahcricket.ae

End Names: Pavilion End & Sharjah Club End

Tenants: UAE; Afghanistan

Owner: Sharjah Cricket Association

Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Address: Second Industrial St – Industrial Area – Industrial Area 5 – Sharjah – United Arab Emirates

END: Pavilion End, Sharjah Club End

Timeline – Sharjah Cricket Ground

  • 1984 : First Asia Cup – Rothmans Asia Cup
  • 1986 : Austral-Asia Cup
  • 1986 : First Sharjah Champions Trophy
  • 1996 : Pepsi Sharjah Cup, 100th ODI Match hosted at SCS INDIA VS SA, 14th April 1996
  • 1997 : Akai-Singer Champions Trophy, First D/N Match, India VS England 11th Dec 1997
  • 2002 : Hosted First International Test Match : Pakistan VS West Indies – Jan 31-Feb 4 2002
  • 2003 : Cherry Blossom Sharjah Cup
  • 2010 : Afghanistan Vs Canada, 200th ODI SCS Match, 18th Feb 2010
  • 2011 : Honored Guinness World Record – 20th Nov 2011
  • 2012 : ICC World Cricket League – Mar 2012
  • 2012 : Celebrities Cricket League(CCL)
  • 2013 : Hosted First T20 International – Afghanistan VS Scotland
  • 2013 : Sharjah Super Sixes, May 2013
  • 2014 : Indian Premier League (IPL), Apr 2014
  • 2016 : Masters Champions League(MCL), Feb 2016
  • 2016 : Pakistan Super League(PSL), Feb 2016
  • 2017 : Pakistan Super League(PSL), Feb 2017
  • 2017 : T10 League, Dec 2017
  • 2018 : Pakistan Super League(PSL), Feb 2018
  • 2018 : Afghanistan Premier League(APL), Oct 2018
  • 2018 : T10 League, Nov 2018
  • 2019 : Pakistan Super League(PSL), Feb 2019
  • 2020 : Indian Premier League(IPL), Sep 2020
  • 2021 : Indian Premier League(IPL), Sep 2021 (UAE Leg)

The Sharjah Cricket Stadium is in Sharjah. Check out information, Sharjah, stadium-tickets, stats, records, end-names and other details.

Sheik Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi – ILT20 UAE

Sheikh Zayed Stadium | United Arab Emirates | Cricket Grounds

The Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi cost $22 million to build and is arguably one of the world’s finest cricket grounds. Sheikh Zayed Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Abu Dhabi. It can accommodate 20000 people and it was opened in 2004.

Check out information, stats, records, end names and other detils of Sheikh Zayed StadiumAbu Dhabi on ilt20.ae & ipl.ae

Ends: North End, Pavilion End

Capacity: 20,000

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium is located in Khalifa City. All IPL matches with international teams play in this stadium in Abu Dhabi. Now, International League T20 UAE is going to happen in Abu Dhabi as well.

Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium is counted as one of the most favourite destinations for modern cricket, Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium is located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


MI Emirates Squad Unveiled For UAE ILT20 League

MI Emirates Squad ILT20: Full player list of MI Emirates (Mumbai Indians) franchise in UAE T20 league. MI Emirates announces players for inaugural edition, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo head list. The MI Emirates on 12th August announced their first list of signings with Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo heading the list of 14 players for the upcoming inaugural edition of International League T20 (ILT20) UAE.

MI Emirates Players List

Mumbai Indians owned MI Emirates have announced their player list for UAE’s International League T20. The league has allowed the six participating franchises to pick as “direct acquisitions” up to 14 overseas players for their line-ups

The full list of players is as follows:

  1. Kieron Pollard,
  2. Dwayne Bravo,
  3. Nicholas Pooran,
  4. Trent Boult,
  5. Andre Fletcher,
  6. Imran Tahir,
  7. Samit Patel,
  8. Will Smeed,
  9. Jordan Thompson,
  10. Najibullah Zadran,
  11. Zahir Khan,
  12. Fazalhaq Farooqui,
  13. Bradley Wheal,
  14. Bas De Leede.

MI Emirates Franchise / Team Summary

MI Emirates UAE T20 League 2023 Squad, Players list announced: The MI Emirates team is a Twenty20 franchise cricket team plays in the International League T20 (ILT20) 2023 (also known as UAE T20 League). This franchise team is based in TBA, Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

ILT20 FranchiseMI Emirates
T20 LeagueInternational League T20 (ILT20)
CaptainYet to be Announced
CoachYet to be Announced
CityAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Home groundSheik Zayed Cricket Stadium

The squad will be based in Abu Dhabi and includes a mix of current and past MI players and new players who join the #OneFamily. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝘿𝙅 𝘽𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙤 is back with #Onefamily after 12 years!


ILT20 Abu Dhabi: Inaugural International League T20

Inaugural International League T20 (ILT20 Abu Dhabi): If you love cricket, then be prepared to be hit for six as the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed the launch of the inaugural International League T20 (ILT20).

ILT20 Abu Dhabi: The league will see six franchises take to the creases of the world-class cricketing venues all over the UAE. With 34 matches scheduled for the first season, the tournament is hoping to provide a platform for Emirates Cricket to develop local talent and offer then the opportunity to train and play alongside some of the world’s best minds of today’s game.

For more information about ILT20, click here

Lynn joins UAE T20 league

‘BBL’ star Chris Lynn joins UAE T20 league

Lynn joins UAE T20 league: Chris Lynn has been named among the 21 players who have pursued the new T20 association in the United Arab Emirates, with various BBL draft chosen people additionally involved.

Enormous Bash League’s record-breaking driving run-scorer Chris Lynn has been named as one of the openers for the UAE T20 League.

The previous Brisbane Heat slugger was among the 21 abroad stars declared by the International League T20 (ILT20) on Monday night, alongside T20 wayfarers Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Alex Hales and Chris Jordan.

Lynn, who headed out in different directions from the Heat toward the finish of last season after 102 appearances for the club, has been connected with a transition to the Adelaide Strikers for BBL|12.

The 2023 ILT20 will have 34 matches, with all the teams playing each other twice before four playoffs fixtures across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

Lynn joins UAE T20 league – According to reports, the UAE league could pay players up to AU$700,000 for five weeks of work. (Not an official statement)

“It’s exciting to see how well the squads are shaping up for the first season of ILT20,” Emirates Cricket General Secretary Mubashshir Usmani said in a statement.

It isn’t clear what Lynn’s statement as a marquee player means for such an arrangement, yet as per ICC leads, his support in the ILT20 should be cleared by Cricket Australia with an ‘protest declaration’. Need to get authorization from their home board.

Albeit the 32-year-old has battled to find consistency in the enormous slam in late seasons, he has expanded his worth as a free specialist with two centuries and 516 runs over the most recent couple of months in England. Right around 160 out of 10 counterparts for Northamptonshire.

Top players in the UAE association are set to spend up to A$650,000 for the competition, which is fundamentally more than Lin procured as a homegrown player in the Big Bash because of the club pay cap of around $1.9 million.

The six proprietors of the ILT20 – three of which own Indian Premier League groups Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals – will choose 12 unfamiliar players in their 18-man crew, alongside four from the UAE and two more from the ICC. Unified nations.

Enormous Bash clubs can join to seven unfamiliar players each season yet no one but three can highlight in the XI at a time, while in the UAE association up to nine can be chosen in the XI, as per reports.

Other marquee players declared incorporate Evin Lewis, Colin Munro, Hales, Aqeel Hossain, Sandeep Lamichane, Banuka Rajapakse and Mujeeb ur Rahman assigned for the BBL draft in the not so distant future.

These players are probably not going to be accessible for the whole Big Bash season as the UAE association is booked to conflict with BBL|12 when it begins toward the beginning of January.

Paul Stirling, Ali Khan, Brandon Glover, Ravi Rampal, Blessing Musharbani, Hazratullah Jazai, Frederick Clausen, Sikandar Raza, Don Lawrence, Jamie Overton, Liam Dawson, David Wise, Qais Ahmed, Richard Gleeson, Roor Ahmad Vince, Naveen-ul-Huq, Sherbane Rutherford and Benny Howell are the non-marquee players named for the UAE League in the BBL draft pool.

The BBL draft pool presently comprises of 169 players from 15 countries, with one more choice expected to be reported in the not so distant future. Nomniation close on August 21, with Platinum level players to be reported the following day, Ahead of the draft occasion which will be held live on Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports on August 28 following the main ODI among Australia and Zimbabwe.

UAE ILT20 marquee players for 2023: Moeen Ali, Andre Russell, David Malone, Vanindu Hazaranga, Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Colin Munro, Fabian Allen, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Tushmanda Samira, Shimron Heriscales Jordan, Tom Panton , Sandeep Lamichane, Chris Lynn, Rowman Powell, Banuka Rajapakse, Mujeeb ur Rahman

ILT20 UAE Marquee Players Announced

ILT20 UAE Marquee Players Announced By ECB

A list of marquee players has been announced by the ECB for the ILT20 UAE. ILT20 UAE Marquee Players Announced for Inaugural Event | Moeen Ali, Chris Joron, Lynn to play

UAE’s International League T20: The ILT20, has today announced a stunning line-up of the game’s super-stars have signed-on to participate in the Inaugural event.

ILT20 Franchises secure over 50-International-Players in first sign-on

Khalid Al Zarooni, Chairman – UAE ILT20 League

Khalid Al Zarooni, Chairman UAE ILT20 League said; “Over the past weeks, ILT20’s six franchises have started discussions and engaged with players, and players’ agents, to exercise their ‘Direct Acquisition’ rights, and we are extremely delighted to be in a position today to announce the first set of players who will compete in UAE’s Inaugural (T20) League.”

List Of Biggest Names From Countries Participating

List of Marquee Countries inBrief: Some of the biggest names in global T20 cricket from countries including England, the West Indies, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland, as well as from various leading ICC Associate Nations including USA, Namibia, Netherlands and Nepal have now signed-on to represent the League.

Marquee player list for UAE T20 League 2023

List of Marquee Players: ILT20 2023 UAE players registered; Marquee player list for UAE T20 League 2023. UAE’s ILT20: Marquee Players who have signed to appear and compete in the Inaugural edition include; Moeen Ali, Andre Russell, Dawid Malan, Wanindu Hasiranga, Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Colin Munro, Fabien Allen, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dushmantha Chameera, Shimron Hetmyer, Akeal Hosein, Chris Jordan, Tom Banton, Sandeep Lamichhane, Chris Lynn, Rovman Powell, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mujeeb Ul Rahman.

ILT20 Franchise-Owners


  • Reliance Industries,
  • Kolkata Knight Riders,
  • Capri Global,
  • GMR,
  • Lancer Capital, and
  • Adani Sportsline

ILT20 2023 Team Structure

Commenting on the team-structure, Mubashshir Usmani, Emirates Cricket’s General Secretary said: “It’s exciting to see how well the squads are shaping up for the first season of ILT20. Each team will consist of 18 players including 4 UAE players and 2 other players from ICC Associate countries. The quality of the names announced today is outstanding and so is the interest in our league from top players from all around the world.”

“We are very excited that a select number of UAE representative-players, from our current pool, will also be considered and signed-on to participate in the League, it is also extremely important to note that these (UAE) players will form part of the team’s playing XI.”

Key Objectives Of ILT20 UAE

“One of the key objectives for ILT20 is to provide opportunities for players from UAE and other Associate nations to perform on the big stage, and, ECB extends its deep appreciation to the six-franchises for their support of our vision to grow our game and create stronger, more competitive players.” added Usmani.


ILT20 2023: Making its debut in January (2023), the inaugural ILT20, which has received multi-year ICC approval, will be played in a 34-match format across the UAE’s exemplemtary, world-class Cricket facilities in DubaiAbu Dhabi and Sharjah.

ILT20 International League T20 UAE

ILT20: International League T20

ILT20: International League T20 Dates, Venue, Teams, Owners, Telecast Into and more information about all you need to know.

International League T20: The Emirates Cricket Board will conduct the inaugural International League T20 from January 6 to February 12, 2023, with three IPL franchises owning outfits in the six-team league.

The sixteam franchise-style League will be played over a 34-match schedule at world-renowned, world-class venues in UAE.

The much-anticipated UAE T20 league, featuring 6 teams from some of the renowned franchise owners in cricket, has been named International League T20. The inaugural edition of the league will be played from January 6 to February 12.

Countries United Arab Emirates
Administrator Emirates Cricket Board
Format 20-over cricket
First edition 2022–23
Tournament format Round-robin and playoffs
Number of teams 6


The following teams and their owners were announced as taking part in the tournament:

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders · Dubai Capitals · Gulf Giants · MI Emirates · Sharjah Warriors · Desert Vipers


Eight out of eleven players on each team can be overseas players, which will be significantly higher than the four or five overseas-player-limit of other major T20 leagues.

International League T20 Venue

International League T20 scheduled venues and cities are Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah.

  1. Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
  2. Sheik Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
  3. Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

ECB Statement about ILT20

“The six-team franchise-style League will be played over a 34-match schedule at world-renowned, world-class venues of UAE. The first event is scheduled to be played between the window of 6th January and 12th February 2023,” the Emirates Cricket Board said in a statement.

UAE T20 League to get underway from January 6 in 2023 till February 12, 2023 and tournament will be clash with BBL, BPL

ILT20 Franchise

The ILT20 is certainly going to attract big names as Reliance Strategic Business Ventures, a subsidiary of the owners of Mumbai Indians, the Knight Riders, the owners of the Kolkata Knight Riders, the GMR group, who co-own Delhi Capitals, Capri Global, Lancer Capital, owners of Manchester United Premier League club, and Adani Sportsline are set to own a team each.

ILT20 Media Rights

Broadcasters: In May 2021, Essel Group owned Zee Entertainment Enterprises bought the media rights of this league for ten years at a cost of US$120 million.

Zee bags media rights for UAE T20 league globally. The league will air exclusively on Zee’s linear channels as well as its OTT platform Zee5

Zee has bagged global media rights contract with UAE T20 cricketing league. UAE’s T20 League today announced the signing of a long-term global media rights’ contract with Zee. The league will air exclusively on Zee’s linear channels as well as its OTT platform Zee5 across the world.

UAE T20 League matches will air across Zee’s 10 linear channels in the HSM (Hindi Speaking Markets), South and East regions in English, Hindi, and Tamil languages. The League will also be simultaneously streamed Live on Zee5, and on radio globally.

His Highness Sheikh Al Nahayan, ECB

“Emirates Cricket Board is delighted to welcome Reliance Industries, Kolkata Knight Riders, Capri Global, GMR, Lancer Capital, Adani Sportsline, broadcaster ZEE, and all other stakeholders to the newly established T20 League of UAE,” Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan said.

“Such illustrious, experienced names and entities as partners bode well for the UAE T20 League. Through the commitment of these partners, they have demonstrated confidence in the Emirates Cricket Board as we take the game into the future.

“As we begin this long journey, I am confident that together we will achieve new heights and in the process provide entertainment and excitement to the millions of fans around the globe who are waiting for the first ball of the UAE T20 League to be bowled.”

ILT20 in UAE

ILT20 Venues – International League T20

ILT20 Venues

ILT20 Venues: The six-team franchise-style ILT20 League will be played over a 34-match schedule at the world-renowned and world-class venues of UAE. The new League will be called “International League T20” or “ILT20”.

International League T20 scheduled venues and cities are Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah.

  1. Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
  2. Sheik Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
  3. Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

As the ILT20 tournament is being organized and host in the UAE, the venues are expected to be Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Zayed Cricket Stadium, and Dubai International Cricket Stadium. It’s expected to feature 34 matches that will be played at venues across the UAE.

How many teams will be participating in the inaugural edition? There will be a total of six teams competing in the first edition of the International T20 League and will be owned by Reliance Industries, Kolkata Knight Riders, Capri Global, GMR, Lancer Capital, and Adani Sportsline.


UAE Emirates Cricket Board

UAE Emirates Cricket Board (ECB): United Arab Emirates Cricket Board is the governing body of certain cricket activities in United Arab Emirates. It is United Arab Emirates’s representative at the International Cricket Council and is an Associate Member and has been a Member of that body since 1990. It is also a Member of the Asian Cricket Council. ECB’s Chairman Honorable HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

On 21 July 2016, UAE cricket took a step towards “full professionalism”, with the Emirates Cricket Board granting two-year central contracts to eight of its players.

In June 2018, ECB announced the first ever T20 franchise league in UAE, scheduled to start later that year after the T10 tournament.

In June 2021, The Emirates Cricket Board has announced that the inaugural ILT20 League would take place between January 6 and February 12, 2023.

ECB Councils 

ECB consists of all the four Emirates Cricket Councils such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman

ECB Board


HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan


Khalid Al Zarooni

Chairman’s Message

Cricket in the UAE enjoys a strong, illustrious history and continues to be a well-supported and popular sport played across the UAE since being introduced to our shores over 80-years ago. During that time, we have enjoyed seeing the sport grow to where, today, we have over 3,000 active amateur teams, 50 registered academies, and enjoy seeing well over 90,000 individuals actively involved in the game. Our Men’s, Women’s and U19 representative teams continue to excel in their performances on the international stage in both Asian Cricket Council and ICC tournaments.

Emirates Cricket boasts a strong Domestic portfolio through the D10, D20 and D50 series, as well as our Inter-Emirate Age-Group tournament. We are extremely proud to have added our own International UAE T20 League to our annual calendar. Our Board is very proactive in supporting the various Council-managed tournaments such as the long-standing, popular Bukhatir Premier League, the exciting Abu Dhabi T10 format as well as many other tournaments and series.
The UAE itself has fast become the international destination of choice for numerous top-tiered tournaments, such as the IPL, PSL, ICC Cricket World Cup, Asian Cricket Council U19 Asia Cup and various ICC Qualifying events. Our three World-Class stadia; located in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, regularly welcome various Full-Member and Associate-Member training camps throughout the season.

Emirates Cricket, having achieved ICC Associate Member status in 1990, continues to work tirelessly to maintain its standing and recognition as a leading Associate within the ICC. This recognition has been achieved through the unwavering support of councils; Abu Dhabi Cricket, Ajman Cricket, Dubai Cricket and Sharjah Cricket, the strong cricket-community in Fujairah, Umm Al Quwain and Ras Al Khaimah, our leaders and the people of the United Arab Emirates, we, on the Emirates Cricket Board, are proud of the reputation we uphold and the benchmark we establish and maintain.

Emirati Development Program

Emirates Cricket is extremely cognisant in its responsibility to develop the Emirati youth into the game and has a robust schools-program in place. The Development Team works closely with the Ministry of Education to deliver these skills and fitness sessions to the youth at Emirati-schools, across the region, throughout the School season.