UAE’s first international T20 franchise League unveiled

Dubai: The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and promoter OPi Sports, today unveiled the much-anticipated name and logo of its new T20 franchise league — UAE T20x, providing fans with their first glimpse of the exciting competition set to be played across the UAE from Dec.19 to Jan.11.

A new UAE national sporting asset, UAE T20x promises a fan-centric experience and the most internationally-representative line-up of players and coaches seen in any white-ball league around the world.

Five new franchise teams will compete for the inaugural league title with a 22-match schedule played over 24 days in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Uniquely, each of the 16-man squads will be comprised of: six international star players

four emerging and junior players; three ICC Associate Member players and three UAE national team players

This progressive team structure will provide an unmatched developmental opportunity for the best up and coming young players to play on the world-stage alongside icons of the game, something not afforded by any other international T20 competition. To date the Boards of seven ICC Test member nations have given their consent to their players taking part in the new league including: England and Wales, West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland, together with 12 ICC Associate Member nations.

Zayed Abbas, ECB Board Member and Official Spokesperson, explained: “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 and the inspiration for the up and coming talent who will be playing alongside them.”

UAE T20x has been carefully developed by the ECB with a clear long-term vision to be a commercially-sustainable, top-tier, festival of cricket that can help grow the sport throughout the UAE and beyond. As an ICC Associate Member, the ECB has put the growth and development of the sport at its heart, and a key aim of UAE T20x is to generate new income streams for UAE cricket over the coming years that can be reinvested directly into the grassroots of the game, into coaching, facilities and infrastructure.

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