England trio Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan, Chris Woakes and Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi were among the 14 international signings made by the Sharjah Warriors for the inaugural edition of the International League T20 (ILT20) in the United Arab Emirates.
Other signings made by the Sharjah Warriors include Evin Lewis and Mark Deyal (West Indies), Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Naveen-ul-Haq (Afghanistan), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Chris Benjamin and Danny Briggs (England), Bilal Khan (Oman) and JJ Smit (Namibia). Since the signings, Kohler-Cadmore, Benjamin and Deyal have yet to play in international cricket.
Moeen’s signing comes as a surprise as multiple reports had suggested he had agreed to join the Johannesburg squad belonging to the Chennai Super Kings in South Africa’s new T20 league, which is expected to be in direct conflict. with ILT20 next January-February. year.
“We just found out. We will find out from the player,” said Kasi Viswanathan, CEO of Chennai Super Kings, as quoted by Cricbuzz.
The Sharjah franchise, owned by Capri Global, is expected to recruit local players from the UAE in due course. MI Emirates, owned by Reliance Industries Limited, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, owned by Knight Riders Group, Gulf Giants, owned by Adani Sportsline, and Dubai Capitals, owned by GMR, have already announced their teams for ILT20.
The inaugural edition of the ILT20 will be played in a 34-match format in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, starting in January 2023. The ILT20 will compete directly with South Africa’s T20 League, which is also expected to start next year.
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Both leagues will operate as the Australian Big Bash League (BBL) and Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) are active.
Sharjah Warriors (so far): Moeen Ali (England), Dawid Malan (England), Evin Lewis (Antilles), Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan), Chris Woakes (England), Noor Ahmad (Afghanistan), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan) , Naveen-ul-Haq (Afghanistan), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (England), Chris Benjamin (England), Danny Briggs (England), Mark Deyal (Antilles), Bilal Khan (Oman) and JJ Smit (Namibia).
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