The Emirates Cricket Board has revealed more details of the UAE’s new T20 league, which will be named “UAE T20X”.
In a statement, it was revealed that The “X” in the name and logo is a reflection of the diversity of the people of the UAE, as well as of the event’s intention to put an “X-factor” in the UAE’s cricket experience.
“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,” said Zayed Abbas, ECB board member and official spokesperson. “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.”
The league will take place over 24 days in December and January beginning on December 19, with 22 matches being held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
The event has already received the support of seven International Cricket Council (ICC) full member nation cricket boards, including England and Wales, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies, in addition to 12 ICC associate members.
According to the ECB, the new tournament aims to be the “most innovative and inclusive T2 competition in the world”, and will provide opportunities for cricketers from ICC full member and associate member countries as well as juniors.
Each franchise will have a 16-man squad, including six international star players, two emerging players from ICC full member countries, three from ICC associate members, two juniors and three UAE cricketers.