A new T20 League is going to happen in UAE in January 2023. Six different franchises will participate in teh opening season. However, six franchises of the Indian T20 League are backing this league financially. Hence, it was getting expected that top international players along with the Indian crickets will be available for this new league.
But, this new tournament is getting some issues to get top players on board. However, the first list of some signed players came out on 8 August 2022. But, surprisingly, no players were there from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Even, only one player was found from Australia and South Africa.
Here is the post shared by the Emirates Cricket Board on Twitter:
🚨 BREAKING 🚨
"UAE’s International League T20, the #ILT20, has today announced a stunning line-up of the game’s super-stars have signed-on to participate in the Inaugural event"
— UAE Cricket Official (@EmiratesCricket) August 8, 2022
UAE T20 League is clashing with the T20 Leagues in South Africa and Australia
Speaking about the issues, this new league is going to happen while other T20 Leagues will also happen in South Africa and Australia. Hence, top players are finding it tough to be available for this new league. In an official statement, the chairman of this new league, Khalid Al Zarooni said that all teams have started discussions with players. He said: “Over the past weeks, ILT20’s six franchises have started discussions and engaged with players, and players’ agents, to exercise their ‘Direct Acquisition’ rights,”
Initially, this trouble kicked off with the Australian star batter David Warner’s signing. Previously, he was ready to join a team in this league. But, now he is looking to play in the Big Bash League only. Speaking of other Cricketing Boards, the Indian Board is most unlikely to give permission to its players. On the other side, the Pakistan and Bangladesh Cricket Boards have denied permission. As of now, some big names like Andre Russell, Moeen Ali, Wanindu Hasaranga, Alex Hales, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Jordan, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have registered their name.
The other names in this “first set” of players are Dawid Malan, Sunil Narine, Evin Lewis, Colin Munro, Fabian Allen, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, and Dushmantha Chameera, Akeal Hosein, Tom Banton, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rovman Powell and Bhanuka Rajapaksa.