Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Mohammad Nabi signed up by Sharjah Warriors

Squad's overseas roster of 14 dominated by players from England and Afghanistan; questions remain over Moeen's availability

Moeen Ali dismissed both of India's openers, England vs India, 1st T20I, Southampton, July 7, 2022

Moeen Ali is among four capped England players in Sharjah Warriors' squad  •  Getty Images

Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan, Evin Lewis, Mohammad Nabi and Chris Woakes are among the 14 internationals signings snapped up by Sharjah Warriors for the inaugural International League T20 (ILT20).
England allrounder Moeen was also signed up by Johannesburg Super Kings (from the owners of the IPL's Chennai Super Kings) in South Africa's new T20 league, which is scheduled to run largely alongside the ILT20 in January-February next year. That aside, Moeen is also expected to be part of England's limited-overs squad that, as per the ICC's new Future Tours Programme, is due to play three ODIs in South Africa in end-January and early February 2023.
Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Naveen-ul-Haq, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Chris Benjamin, Danny Briggs, Mark Deyal, Bilal Khan and JJ Smit complete the rest of the 14, with Bilal and Smit the two mandated Associate players (from Oman and Namibia respectively) in the squad. Kohler-Cadmore, Benjamin and Deyal are uncapped in international cricket.
The franchise, owned by Capri Global, a non-banking financial company based in India, will draft four UAE players in due course. The league is expected to allow nine overseas players in the XI for each game.
An overlap in the schedule - leading to a premium on top players - is also expected with Australia's Big Bash League (December-January) and the Bangladesh Premier League (January-February).
Dubai Capitals, Gulf Giants, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders and MI Emirates are the other ILT20 teams to have announced their overseas roster so far.
Sharjah Warriors squad so far: 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)