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ILT20’s Dubai Development Tournament: A Gateway to Cricketing Stardom

ILT20's Dubai Development Tournament: A Gateway to Cricketing Stardom

  • ILT20 announces a development tournament in Dubai from September 30 to October 10.
  • Opportunity for UAE’s domestic and international players to showcase their talent.
  • Player draft to form 14-member squads, with over 300 domestic players signed up.

The International League T20 (ILT20) is set to ignite the cricketing stage with an exhilarating development tournament in Dubai, scheduled from September 30 to October 10. This dynamic event will serve as a pivotal platform for both domestic and international talent from the UAE, offering them a golden opportunity to showcase their cricketing prowess in a quest to secure a coveted spot in the ILT20 franchises for the upcoming second season.

As anticipation builds, it’s worth noting that the six franchises have already retained 11 UAE players for the impending season, leaving a tantalizing 13 vacancies up for grabs. Notably, the ICC had recently enforced a cap of four overseas players in all new T20 leagues, a strategic move aimed at mitigating the player drain concerns faced by some Full Members due to the proliferation of T20 franchise leagues. While this rule has yet to be applied to the ILT20, the league is expected to adhere to these regulations within a reasonable timeframe.

According to the ILT20 rulebook, each playing XI can feature a maximum of nine overseas players, with a mandatory inclusion of at least two UAE players and two Associate overseas players in the squad composition. The development tournament will witness the participation of six teams, each engaged in five enthralling group-stage matches. The top four contenders will earn their passage to the semi-finals. All the group stage showdowns are set to unfold at the ICC Academy Grounds, culminating in an electrifying final showdown on October 10.

The heart of this tournament lies in the player draft, where each team will meticulously craft its squad from a pool of 14 players. A staggering 300-plus domestic players have eagerly enrolled for the pre-tournament player draft, showcasing the enthusiasm and potential surging within the UAE cricketing community.

Emirates Cricket Board’s General Secretary, Mubashshir Usmani, expressed his delight, emphasizing the immense opportunity provided to UAE players through the ILT20 Development Tournament. He believes this initiative has the potential to be transformative for these players, fostering the growth of the game and acting as a launchpad for their participation in the DP World ILT20. Additionally, it will play a pivotal role in identifying and selecting talent for UAE’s men’s teams in the years to come, solidifying its place in the cricketing landscape.

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