ILT20 development tournament set to unearth UAE's rising stars ahead of its second season
Six teams, Thirteen spots, and countless dreams: The pathway to ILT20 Development Tournament begins in Dubai
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The International League T20 (ILT20) has set the cricketing stage ablaze with the announcement of its development tournament, scheduled to kick off from September 30th to October 10th in the cricketing oasis of Dubai. This grand spectacle provides budding talents with a golden opportunity to shine and potentially secure a coveted spot in one of the ILT20 franchises for the second season of the league.
The ILT20 has left no stone unturned in its quest to discover and nurture local cricketing talent, with six franchises already locking horns to retain 11 of UAE's finest cricketing gems for the forthcoming season. This fierce competition leaves a tantalising 13 spots up for grabs, beckoning aspiring cricketers to showcase their prowess on the hallowed Dubai turf.
In a strategic move to address concerns about player drain, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had earlier ratified a cap of four overseas players for all new T20 leagues. This rule has yet to be enforced in the ILT20, as per the ILT20 rulebook, each playing XI can boast a maximum of nine overseas players, underlining the league's commitment to fostering local cricketing talent
Speaking on the occasion, Emirates Cricket Board general secretary Mubashshir Usmani said, "We are very happy to see UAE players being provided an opportunity to show their skills through the ILT20 Development Tournament. This initiative is truly a life changing opportunity for these players,”
He further added, "I am confident that the tournament will be hugely beneficial for the growth of the game and will become a launch pad for participation in the DP World ILT20 as well as aiding in identification and selection of players for UAE's men's teams in the years ahead.” As reported by ESPN Cricinfo
Six formidable teams are set to vie for supremacy in the development tournament, each engaging in a riveting battle through five group-stage matches. With only the top four teams earning the privilege to advance to the semi-finals, the stakes have never been higher. The adrenaline-pumping group stage clashes will unfold at the prestigious ICC Academy Grounds, setting the stage for a grand finale slated for October 10.