AB de Villiers named global ambassador of new tournament
On behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board and promoter OPi Sports, we unveiled UAE T20x this month - the UAE’s first owned international T20 league, which is set to take place across the UAE in December 2018 / January 2019. The widely-reported announcement was quickly followed by the news that international cricket icon, AB de Villiers, is to be the global ambassador for the new competition.
A new UAE national sporting asset, UAE T20x promises a fan-centric experience and the most internationally-representative line-up of players and coaches seen in any white-ball league around the world. Five new franchise teams will compete for the inaugural league title with a 22-match schedule played over 24 days in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Uniquely, each of the 16-man squads will be comprised of six international star players, four emerging and junior players, three ICC Associate Member players; and three UAE national team players
This progressive team structure will provide an unmatched developmental opportunity for the best up and coming young players to play on the world-stage alongside icons of the game, something not afforded by any other international T20 competition. To date the boards of seven ICC Test member nations have given their consent to their players taking part in the new league including: England & Wales, the West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland, together with 12 ICC Associate Member nations. The launch was covered in an article on the ICC website, which you can read here. Alternatively, if you would like to find out more about the tournament please visit the UAE T20x website.