The schedule for the inaugural edition of the International League T20 (ILT20), which will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been released.
The tournament will get underway on January 13, 2023, with the final of the competition slated to be played on February 12. The tournament opener will be played between Dubai Capitals and Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in Dubai.
A total of 34 matches will be played in the competition across three different venues – Dubai International Stadium, Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, and the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The tournament will witness five weekend-day double-headers. The six franchises will face each other twice in the competition before heading into the playoffs, leading up to the final in Dubai on February 12.
International League T20 (ILT20) 2023 Summary
|Dates||13 January – 12 February 2023|
|Administrator||Emirates Cricket Board|
|Tournament format||Double round-robin and playoffs|
|Host||United Arab Emirates|
Speaking about the ILT20 schedule, Mubashshir Usmani, General Secretary of, the Emirates Cricket Board, said:
“This is a very exciting time for the league and, collectively, we are delighted to announce the 2023 ILT20 playing schedule. To have superstars such as Dubai Capital’s Dasun Shanaka and Abu Dhabi Knight Rider Andre Russell open their teams’ accounts is very exciting.
“We cannot wait for the teams to arrive (in early January) and battle it out in the park and provide world-class entertainment to the cricket fans here, in the UAE, and around the globe.
“It is very important for us to launch the first season in an emphatic style, and the league management is very excited to have engaged with globally recognised artists in Badshah and Jason Derulo, both of whom will undoubtedly energise the teams, and the fans leading into the opening match. We are confident that the ILT20 will be a huge success,” he concluded.
ILT20 2023: Complete schedule, Venues & Time Table
|Dubai Capitals vs Abu Dhabi Night Riders||13th Jan||Dubai Stadium|
|MI Emirates vs Sharjah Warriors||14th Jan||Zayed Stadium|
|Abu Dhabi Night Riders vs Gulf Giants||15th Jan||Zayed Stadium|
|Desert Vipers vs Sharjah Warriors||15th Jan||Dubai Stadium|
|Dubai Capitals vs Gulf Giants||16th Jan||Dubai Stadium|
|Sharjah Warriors vs MI Emirates||17th Jan||Sharjah Stadium|
|Desert Vipers vs Abu Dhabi Night Riders||18th Jan||Dubai Stadium|
|Gulf Giants vs Dubai Capitals||19th Jan||Sharjah Stadium|
|Abu Dhabi Night Riders vs Desert Vipers||20th Jan||Zayed Stadium|
|Dubai Capitals vs Sharjah Warriors||21th Jan||Dubai Stadium|
|Abu Dhabi Night Riders vs MI Emirates||21th Jan||Zayed Stadium|
|Desert Vipers vs Gulf Giants||22nd Jan||Dubai Stadium|
|MI Emirates vs Dubai Capitals||22nd Jan||Zayed Stadium|
|Gulf Giants vs Sharjah Warriors||23rd Jan||Dubai Stadium|
|MI Emirates vs Desert Vipers||24th Jan||Zayed Stadium|
|Gulf Giants vs Abu Dhabi Night Riders||25th Jan||Dubai Stadium|
|Sharjah Warriors vs Dubai Capitals||26th Jan||Sharjah Stadium|
|Gulf Giants vs MI Emirates||27th Jan||Dubai Stadium|
|Sharjah Warriors vs Abu Dhabi Night Riders||28th Jan||Sharjah Stadium|
|Dubai Capitals vs Desert Vipers||28th Jan||Dubai Stadium|
|Desert Vipers vs MI Emirates||29th Jan||Sharjah Stadium|
|Abu Dhabi Night Riders vs Dubai Capitals||30th Jan||Zayed Stadium|
|Sharjah Warriors vs Desert Vipers||31st Jan||Sharjah Stadium|
|MI Emirates vs Gulf Giants||1st Feb||Zayed Stadium|
|Desert Vipers vs Dubai Capitals||2nd Feb||Dubai Stadium|
|MI Emirates vs Abu Dhabi Night Riders||3rd Feb||Zayed Stadium|
|Gulf Giants vs Desert Vipers||4th Feb||Dubai Stadium|
|Abu Dhabi Night Riders vs Sharjah Warriors||4th Feb||Zayed Stadium|
|Dubai Capitals vs MI Emirates||5th Feb||Dubai Stadium|
|Sharjah Warriors vs Gulf Giants||6th Feb||Sharjah Stadium|
|Qualifier 1 (TBC1 vs TBC2 )||8th Feb||Dubai Stadium|
|Eliminator (TBC1 vs TBC2)||9th Feb||Sharjah Stadium|
|Qualifier 2 (TBC1 vs TBC2)||10th Feb||Dubai Stadium|
|The Final||12th Feb||Dubai Stadium|
A total of six franchises are taking part in the inaugural edition of the 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).