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Updated 18-Aug-2022 • Published 13-Aug-2022

UAE's International League T20 - newsfile

Overview

Who's signed up whom, and other news from the UAE's International League T20 (ILT20) - stay updated with ESPNcricinfo's blog
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  • Moeen Ali on Sharjah Warriors' roster

  • Dubai Capitals snap up Sikandar Raza

  • Chris Lynn, Shimron Hetmyer join Gulf Giants

  • Russell, Narine are Knight Riders for Abu Dhabi

  • MI Emirates names 14 direct signings

  • Pollard, Bravo in second set of big-name signings

  • Cricket Australia could block Lynn's ILT20 deal

  • Russell, Moeen, Hasaranga among big-ticket sign-ons

  • Concern over idea of nine overseas players per XI

  • Warner unlikely to feature in inaugural ILT20

  • $450,000 contract for top players

  • Andy Flower named head coach of Gulf Giants

  • UAE T20 league dates announced

Desert Vipers pick Pakistan's Azam Khan

Desert Vipers, the franchise owned by Lancer Capital, have signed up 13 overseas players so far for the ILT20.
Squad so far: Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka), Sam Billings (England), Alex Hales (England), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Tom Curran (England), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Ruben Trumpelmann (Namibia), Saqib Mahmood (England), Sherfane Rutherford (West Indies), Ben Duckett (England), Benny Howell (England), Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies), Azam Khan (Pakistan)
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Moeen Ali on Sharjah Warriors' roster

August 18, 2022: The list of Sharjah Warriors' internationals signings for the inaugural International League T20 include:
Moeen Ali (Eng), Dawid Malan (Eng), Evin Lewis (WI), Mohammad Nabi (Afg), Chris Woakes (Eng), Noor Ahmad (Afg), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afg), Naveen-ul-Haq (Afg), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Eng, uncapped), Chris Benjamin (Eng uncapped), Danny Briggs (Eng), Mark Deyal (WI, uncapped), Bilal Khan (Oman), JJ Smit (Namibia)
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Dubai Capitals snap up Sikandar Raza

August 18, 2022: Here are the 14 overseas players signed by Dubai Capitals, the team owned by the GMR Group, for the inaugural International League T20:
Rovman Powell (West Indies), Dushmantha Chameera (Sri Lanka), Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan), Fabian Allen (West Indies), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe), Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka), Daniel Lawrence (England), Blessing Muzarabani (Zimbabwe), Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka), George Munsey (Scotland), Fred Klaassen (Netherlands)
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Chris Lynn, Shimron Hetmyer join Gulf Giants

August 17, 2022: The Gulf Giants, the team owned by Adani Sportsline in the UAE's ILT20, has announced its roster of 14 overseas players:
Gulf Giants squad so far: Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies), Chris Jordan (England), Chris Lynn (Australia), Tom Banton (England), Dominic Drakes (West Indies), David Wiese (Namibia), Jamie Overton (England), Richard Gleeson (England), Rehan Ahmed (England), Wayne Madson (Italy), Liam Dawson (England), Ollie Pope (England), James Vince (England), Qais Ahmed (Afghanistan)
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Russell, Narine are Knight Riders for Abu Dhabi

August 16, 2022: Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (ADKR), the KKR-owned team in the UAE's ILT20, has announced its roster of 14 overseas players:
ADKR squad so far: Sunil Narine,(West Indies), Andre Russell (West Indies), Jonny Bairstow (England), Paul Stirling (Ireland), Lahiru Kumara (Sri Lanka), Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka), Colin Ingram (South Africa) Akeal Hosein (West Indies) Seekkuge Prasanna (Sri Lanka), Ravi Rampaul (West Indies) Raymon Reifer (West Indies) Kennar Lewis (West Indies), Ali Khan (USA), Brandon Glover (Netherlands)
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MI Emirates names 14 direct signings

August 12, 2022: MI Emirates, the Mumbai Indians-owned team in the UAE's ILT20, has announced its roster of non-UAE [overseas] players:
  • Kieron Pollard (WI)
  • Dwayne Bravo (WI)
  • Nicholas Pooran (WI)
  • Andre Fletcher (WI)
  • Trent Boult (NZ)
  • Imran Tahir (SA)
  • Najibullah Zadran (Afg)
  • Zahir Khan (Afg)
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi (Afg)
  • Samit Patel (Eng)
  • Will Smeed (Eng)
  • Jordan Thompson (Eng)
  • Brad Wheal (Sco)
  • Bas de Leede (Neth)
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Pollard, Bravo in second set of big-name signings

August 11: Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Nicholas Pooran are the latest big names from the Caribbean to sign up for the UAE's International League T20 (ILT20), along with Sri Lanka's Dasun Shanaka, England's Ollie Pope and Afghanistan's Fazalhaq Farooqi. More here.

Cricket Australia could block Lynn's ILT20 deal

August 9, 2022: Cricket Australia could stand in the way of Chris Lynn's participation in the ILT20, with the challenge the BBL faces in recruiting overseas talent being laid bare. More here.

Russell, Moeen, Hasaranga among big-ticket sign-ons

August 8, 2022: Andre Russell, Moeen Ali, Wanindu Hasaranga, Alex Hales, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Jordan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman lead the big-name signings for the inaugural International League T20. No cricketers from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan feature in the league's plans at this stage, while Chris Lynn is the only Australian in the mix. More here.
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Concern over idea of nine overseas players per XI

Aug 5, 2022: The potential presence of nine overseas players per team in the UAE-based ILT20 has ruffled the feathers of several Full Members, who fear it has the potential to disrupt global cricket's ecosystem. More here.
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Warner unlikely to feature in inaugural ILT20

August 4, 2022: Negotiations ongoing to have David Warner play in Australia's Big Bash League - which overlaps with the UAE league - for the first time since 2013. Warner, who is contracted to Cricket Australia but doesn't hold a BBL deal, is set to be available to play franchise cricket in January 2023 after Australia's three-match ODI series with South Africa was cancelled, and there was significant interest for him to play in the UAE, particularly given his IPL franchise Delhi Capitals own the Dubai Capitals franchise as well. But ESPNcricinfo understands that a potential deal to sign Warner to the ILT20 is almost certainly off. More here.
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$450,000 contract for top players

July 28, 2022: The UAE-based International League T20 is set to offer top players a whopping USD 450,000 per season, making it the second-most lucrative T20 league for some players outside of the IPL. More here.
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Andy Flower named head coach of Gulf Giants

July 12, 2022: The Adani Group-owned team in the International League T20 has been named Gulf Giants, and will be coached by Andy Flower.
The tournament has a number of high-profile team owners. Apart from the Adani Group, Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited (a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, the owners of Mumbai Indians), GMR Group (co-owners of Delhi Capitals), the Knight Riders (Kolkata and Trinbago) franchise owners, Capri Global (a non-banking financial company based in India) and Lancer Capital (owners of Manchester United Football Club) all own teams. More here.
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UAE T20 league dates announced

June 6, 2022: The inaugural edition of the UAE T20 League, formally christened International League T20 [ILT20], will take place between January 6 and February 12, 2023. That means a likely clash of dates with Australia's Big Bash League, the Bangladesh Premier League, and South Africa's new T20 league. The eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League is also tentatively scheduled to start just days after the ILT20's finish. More here.
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