Another addition to the busy UAE cricket calendar.
T20 has become the fan favorite format over the past few years and the contest, as the game does not tend to slow down at any phase. For this reason, several cricket boards organize T20 leagues with top players participating in them. In fact, much of the cricket calendar is dominated by competitions like IPL, BBL, CPL, T20 Blast and PSL.
Joining the movement, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) announced a new T20 league named the T20 Premier League. The inaugural edition of this competition will start in January 2022. Six teams are expected to participate in the league and it would be interesting to see how that plays out. Some of the big names are expected to compete in the T20 Premier League alongside several local players.
Some reports suggest the tournament will likely offer salaries to compete with one of the major T20 leagues, possibly with the participation of owners from the Indian Premier League. According to Dr Tayab Kamali, chairman of the ECB’s selection committee, the regular holding of high-level cricket competitions in the country will only benefit cricketers from the United Arab Emirates.
UAE now has a series of cricket tournaments involving all major formats: Dr. Tayab Kamali
“With the PLT20, we are delighted that the UAE now has a series of cricket tournaments involving all major formats that will bring together the best international players alongside national players,” said Dr Tayab Kamali, as quoted by Thenationalnews.com.
Notably, the ECB has been considering introducing its T20 league for a while. A competition known as “UAE T20x” appeared in 2018 where T20 talismans like Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell were to appear. However, the league couldn’t go as planned with just two of the five franchises sold.
Revising their plans and policies, the cricket council discussed launching another competition in early 2020. However, the emergence of the COVID-19 virus has also marred that plan. Plans are even more advanced now that the ECB is hoping the tournament will go well.
Meanwhile, the UAE cricket schedule will be busy in the coming months. The remaining season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates in September-October. A few days after the conclusion of IPL, the High Voltage T20 World Cup will kick off in the country. The tournament will be followed by Abu Dhabi T10 League. Therefore, fans should mark their calendars.
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