Dubai League - The thrill of instant cricket from January 13

Dubai League - The thrill of instant cricket from January 13: Teams of Ambani, Adani and Shah Rukh; Players like Pollard, Uthappa

Jan 2, 2023 - 10:59
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Dubai League - The thrill of instant cricket from January 13

Dubai is ready for T20 instant cricket. From January 13, there will be matches between six teams for ILT 20 (International League T20). Out of these six teams of the Dubai League, five teams are owned by Indians. Teams of Mukesh Ambani's Reliance, Gautam Adani's Sportsline and Shah Rukh Khan's Knight Riders will be seen on the field here. Each team has been given a salary cap of around Rs 21 crore.
ILT has also become the most profitable tournament after IPL. A maximum limit of Rs 3.72 crore has been kept for the top player category. There is also an offer for players in the Dubai League. The biggest announcement has been made to make the earnings from the players' league tax-free. In Australia's Big Bash League, a player can earn only Rs 1.96 crore per season. But, the biggest hurdle for the Dubai League is the stadium-television audience. The Dubai League, which runs till February 12, has the same schedule as the Big Bash and South Africa's league. Team India's big players will also not be able to play in the Dubai League due to the pre-schedule.
Gulf Giants (Adani's team): Chris Jordan, Hetmyer, Liam Dawson, James Vince
MI Emirates (Ambani's team): Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Imran Tahir
Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Shah Rukh's team): Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Jonny Bairstow, Paul Stirling, Lahiru Kumara, Colin Ingram
Dubai Capitals (GMR): Robin Uthappa, Roman Powell, Dushmantha Chameera, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Sharjah Warriors (Rajesh Sharma's team): Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan, Evin Lewis, Nabi
Desert Vipers (US team): Colin Munro, Tom Karen, Ben Duckett, Wanindu Hasaranga
84 international and 24 UAE players have been included in the franchise teams.
League Format: Each team will play the other team twice in a round-robin manner. There will be 30 league matches and four playoffs. There will be 16 matches in Dubai, 10 in Abu Dhabi and 8 in Sharjah. Each team will have four local players from UAE.
Bollywood Show: Bollywood's famous rapper Badshah and R&B singer Jason Derulo will perform at the opening ceremony of the league. Khalid Al Zarooni, vice-president of the Emirates Cricket Board, says that players from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be able to make their mark in this league.
Tour Packages: Gulf Travel's GM Elarna Carvel says that tourists coming from India are demanding to include Dubai matches in the package. The Dubai League is expected to attract two million tourists per week after the second fortnight of January.

Muskan Kumawat Journalist & Writer