ILT20: Desert Vipers’ Alex Hales and Gulf Giants’ Chris Jordan front runners in ‘Belts’ race
Desert Vipers will lock horns with the winner of Qualifier 2.
• The DP World International League T20 will present the Green, White, Red, and Blue to acknowledge individual performances at the end of the competition as well as the Black for the victorious team-owner
• Over 200 million fans have tuned in to the DP World ILT20 live broadcast on ZEE’s linear channels and digital platform
• Fans can avail of the extremely enticing ‘Friends and Family’ package - choose the popular 4 for AED40 to be in the running to be seen in the DP World ILT20 Fan Pod while enjoying world-class T20 cricket action
• DP World ILT20 Playoff on the ground action is being enhanced by off the ground action through the playoff’s fun-filled family-carnival
With only three teams remaining in the competition, the DP World International League T20 has reached its most exciting phase. The MI Emirates set up a clash against Gulf Giants in Qualifier 2 after registering a comprehensive eight-wicket victory against Dubai Capitals on Thursday. The winner of the Qualifier 2 match, which is set to be held at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday, will take on Desert Vipers in the grand finale on Sunday.
However, apart from the race to the DP World ILT20 trophy, another interesting and exciting race is being run on the side. The cricketing superstars have focused on taking their team over the line, but have also kept an eye on the unique set of individual awards throughout the month-long tournament being held in the UAE.The DP World ILT20 will present the Green (top scorer), White (top wicket-taker), Red (Most Valuable Player), Blue (Most Valuable UAE Player) as well as Black (owner of the winning team) Belts at the end of the competition.
Desert Vipers’ Alex Hales has led the race to the Green Belt for the most part of the competition with 468 runs. However, Gulf Giants’ James Vince and MI Emirates’ Kieron Pollard and Muhammad Waseem are strong contenders for the top run scorer’s award with 342 runs, 337 runs and 336 runs respectively.
The battle for the White Belt has been a tight contest during the course of the season. Gulf Giants’ Chris Jordan and David Wiese are currently at the top two spots in the top wicket-taker’s table with 17 and 16 wickets respectively. However, Desert Vipers’ WaninduHasaranga and Sheldon Cottrell are not far behind with 14 and 12 wickets respectively.
Desert Vipers’ Alex Hales is also a strong contender for being the Most Valuable Player of the season and bag the Red Belt. Meanwhile, MI Emirates’ Muhammad Waseem is leading the Most Valuable UAE Player’s chart. The Most Valuable Players are decided based on a unique point scoring system devised by the DP World ILT20. The players are given certain number of points for their performance with bat, ball and on the field in every match.
Hales has amassed 184 points in the competition so far, however, Gulf Giants’ David Wiese, Desert Vipers’ Tom Curran and Gulf Giants’ Chris Jordan are just behind him with 181, 178.5 and 178 points respectively. Meanwhile, in the race to the Blue Belt, Waseem has notched 158.5 points, but Desert Vipers’ Rohan Mustafa is giving him a run for his money with 149 points at second place.
The Belt contenders will be itching to make their way to the top of their respective charts as the Gulf Giants take on the MI Emirates in Qualifier 2 at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday for a place in the final.
The DP World ILT20 has received an excellent reception on television as well as on digital during the month-long competition. Over 200 million fans have tuned in to the DP World ILT20 live broadcast on ZEE’s linear channels, digital platform, Zee5 as well as Zee Cinema SD, Zee Cinema HD, Zee Anmol Cinema, &Pictures HD, &Flix SD, &Flix HD, Zee Zest SD, Zee Zest HD, Zee Bangla Cinema, Zee Thirai.The tournament can also be seen onCricLife across the UAE and MENA regions.
Along with the fantastic cricket on display, the fans are enjoying several games, food trucks and live performances at the Playoffs festival. The exciting carnival is being held at the Dubai International Stadium from 3 pm onwards on the day of the remaining qualifier - February 10th, as well as the final - February 12th.
Fans can avail of the extremely enticing ‘Friends and Family’ package - choose the popular 4 for AED40 to be in the running to be seen in the DP World ILT20 Fan Pod while enjoying world-class T20 cricket action. More information about these packages and to purchase tickets can be found by visiting https://tickets.ilt20.ae.
The DP World ILT20 made its debut at the Dubai International Stadium on 13 January 2023. Some of the greatest cricketing superstars have made their way to the UAE to play in the inaugural edition of the league. The tournament is currently being played in a 34-match format across the UAE’s exemplary, world-class cricket facilities in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Franchise teams, comprising over 100 International and 24 UAE-based players, include Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Knight Riders Group), Desert Vipers (Lancer Capital), Dubai Capitals (GMR), Gulf Giants (Adani Sportsline), MI Emirates (Reliance Industries), and Sharjah Warriors (Capri Global).
DP World ILT20 news, updates and interactive chat can be found via www.ilt20.ae and @ILT20Official on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, SnapChat and LinkedIn, while tickets can be purchased by visiting https://tickets.ilt20.ae.
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About DP World International League T20:
DP World ILT20 is a professional franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament with six franchise teams, comprising over 100 International and 24 UAE-based players, competing in a 34-match event.
ILT20 combines two of the most compelling aspects of global sport - world-class infrastructure coupled with the most favourable time zone catering to cricket fans around the world Franchise teams include Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Knight Riders Group), Desert Vipers (Lancer Capital), Dubai Capitals (GMR), Gulf Giants (Adani Sportsline), MI Emirates (Reliance Industries), and Sharjah Warriors (Capri Global).
ILT20 has received multi-year ICC approval and will be broadcast Live across ZEE’s various worldwide linear platforms including streaming platform ZEE5, and on CricLife across the UAE and MENA regions. Tickets for the inaugural competition can be purchased by visiting https://tickets.ilt20.ae.