Get your wickets in order for the UAE International League T20 (ILT20) 2023


Sixes, wickets and top-class cricket in the UAE International League T20 2023.

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).

Taking place from the 6 January to 12 February next year, 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.


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Speaking on the announcement of the tournament Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Chairman of the Emirates Cricket Board, His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Mabarak Al Nahyan said; “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.



“Such illustrious, experienced names and entities as partners bodes 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.

“On behalf of ECB let me assure everyone that whilst being entertained on field with cricket, you will also be entertained by our traditional UAE hospitality off the field.”

The UAE is no novice when hosting top-class cricket competitions having been the stage for the 2020 and 2021 Indian Premier Leagues, the 2021 Pakistani Super League as well as the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Abu Dhabi also plays host to the Abu Dhabi T10s at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.


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Matt Cassidy

When he is not hunting for the latest piece of Abu Dhabi news, Matt is ticking off his UAE bucket-list experiences (although he does love to take a break to test out the fine restaurants and bars of the capital). An armchair sports lover, he is on a personal mission to attend every sporting event in the UAE to make out for most likely missing the big one in Doha in November.