The schedule for the inaugural competition of the T20 International League, better known as the ILT20which will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was released. The tournament will start on January 13, 2023 and end with the final on February 12.
The ILT20 will kick off with a clash between Dubai Capitals and Abu Dhabi Knight Riders at the Dubai International Stadium. A total of 34 games will be played during the highly publicized league.
Apart from Dubai, Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah Cricket Stadium are the other venues for the inaugural edition of the tournament.
Abu Dhabi will host their first match on January 14, which will see MI Emirates take on Sharjah Warriors. The same two teams will also take part in Sharjah’s opening game on January 17.
Dubai International Stadium will host the most matches (16) in the inaugural edition, followed by Abu Dhabi (10) and Sharjah (eight).
According to the official statement, the tournament will feature five weekend double-headers. The six franchises will face off twice before the playoffs, leading to the final in Dubai on February 12.
ILT20 2023: The complete program
Below you will find the complete program of the inaugural edition of ILT20 with locations and times (zoom to enlarge):
ILT20: List of franchises
As mentioned, six franchises will be seen in action during the inaugural edition of ILT20 – Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Kolkata Knight Riders), Desert Vipers (Lancer Capital), Dubai Capitals (GMR), Gulf Giants (Adani Sportsline) , MI Emirates (Reliance Industries) and Sharjah Warriors (Capri Global).
The tournament will feature a total of 84 international stars and 24 UAE-based players.
Shimron Hetmyer, Moeen Ali, Kieron Pollard and Wanindu Hasaranga are among the big names from abroad who will be taking part in the Middle East event.