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ILT20 2024: The Newest and Most Exciting Cricket League in the World

Prepare for an exciting journey of innovation and inspiration as the UAE T20 league returns in 2024. It is not only a conference, it’s an immersive experience that pushes the boundaries of possibility and pushes us into the future. 

As the world rapidly moves forward, this event stands as a beacon of progress, a place where individuals and industries collide, igniting a spark that fuels transformative change. Join us for an unforgettable celebration of knowledge, collaboration, and the relentless pursuit of advancement at ILT20 2024.

Keep reading this post to get all information related to ILT20 2024.

History Of International League T20

The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) hosts the DP World ILT20 League. Its official name was announced in June 2022. All schedules also set the franchise and controlled all the responsibilities of the six teams of the franchise owner and DP World, which will be played in 2024 in UAE. 

According to the ECB, the matches are played in major stadiums in the UAE, like Dubai International Stadium, Abu Dhabi Cricket Stadium, and Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. 

There are six teams included in the T20 international league, and the names of the teams are as follows:

  1. Knight Rider
  2. Desert Vipers
  3. Dubai Capital
  4. Gulf Giants
  5. MI Emirates
  6. Sharjah

1st Edition Champion Team

Shah Rukh Khan represented the Knight Riders Group, and Juhi Chawla and his business partner Jay Mehta led the franchise. However, the Gulf Gaits won the international T20 league in 2023 and became champion against the Desert Vipers by seven wickets.

A Glance At The Exciting Journey

HostEmirates Cricket Board (ECB)
1st EditionJanuary 2023
2nd EditionJanuary 2024
1st Edition ChampionGulf Giants

International League T20 2024 Schedule

The International League T20 schedule announced and it will be played in the United Arab Emirates from January 19 to February 17, 2024. This tournament will feature 34 matches, with each team playing two matches against the other five.

The six franchises competing in the UAE T20 league are the Desert Vipers, Knight Riders, Sharjah Warriors, Dubai Capitals, MI Emirates, and Gulf Giants. The final match of the ILT20 2024 will be held in February.

ILT20 schedule 2024

International League T20 2024 Teams

In the 1st Edition of the league in 2023, there were six teams, and the same teams will be in action in the 2nd Edition in 2024. All six teams have a good combination of players. All the teams will try to give their 100% potential to win this tournament. There are the following names for the six teams:

ILT20 2024 Opening Ceremony

ILT T20 league’s opening ceremony will be held before the 1st match of the 2nd Edition. According to the announcement, the opening ceremony and the 1st match will be held on January 19, 2024. However, the exact information will be updated after the official announcement by the ECB.

Start Date19-01-2024
End Date17-02-2024
Host CountryUnited Arab Emirates

Venues for the International League T20 2024

1st Edition of this league was played in the United Arab Emirates in the 1st month of 2023, and the 2nd Edition will be played in the 1st month of 2024 in the UAE venues. The Emirates Cricket Board hosts this league so that UAE cricket stadiums will host all matches. 

Three venues will host the 2nd Edition of the UAE T20 League 2024.

DubaiDubai International Stadium25000
Abu DhabiSheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium20000
SharjahSharjah Cricket Stadium16000

IL T20 Team Owners

There are six teams in this league. Every team has an owner. Most owners also have IPL teams, like Shahrukh Khan, who owns Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). GMR Group, which is the owner of Delhi Capital (DC). Ambani, who is the owner of Mumbai Indians (MI).

The list of the team’s owners is given below:

MI EmiratesAmbani(Mumbai Indians Owner)
Dessert VipersLancer Capital
Dubai CapitalsGMR Group (Delhi Capital Owner)
Gulf GiantsAdani Group
Sharjah WarriorsCapri Global
Abu Dhabi Knight RidersShah Rukh Khan (KKR Team Owner)

IL T20 Team’s Coaches

All the teams have big names as coaches. The right coach can take a team to the next level. If a coach has a strong grip on their coaching skills, they can make their team strong. A good coach will prepare their team mentally.

The list of coaches is given below.

MI EmiratesShane Bond
Dessert VipersJames Foster
Dubai CapitalsPhil Simmons
Gulf GiantsAndy Flower
Sharjah WarriorsPaul Farbrace
Abu Dhabi Knight RidersTBA

IL T20 Team’s Captains

The caption is the leader of a team. A team can win the game if the captain is skilled and can lead the team better. Captaincy is all about reading the situation and making decisions. If a captain can read the situation and make quick decisions, ultimately, the team can win the match. 

The list of the following captains is given below.

MI EmiratesKieron Pollard
Dessert VipersColin Munro
Dubai CapitalsDavid Warner
Gulf GiantsJames Vince
Sharjah WarriorsTom Kohler-Cadmore
Abu Dhabi Knight RidersSunil Narine

ILT20 Broadcasting Channels

Zee Entertainment Enterprises will be the exclusive broadcaster of cricket matches for the next ten years. This channel has a contract with the ECB worth $120 Million for ten years. 

ILT20 Zee channel logo

If you are a cricket lover and want to watch all the matches on your TV, you can follow Zee Entertainment channels. It has channels in different languages that you can see according to your language. The list of some channels in different languages is given below.

CountryTV Channels
IndiaZee TV, Zee TV HD, Sony Six, Sony Six HD
BangladeshGhazi TV
Sri LankaSupreme TV, Sony Six, Sony Six HD
UKSky Sports Cricket
USAWillow TV
PakistanA Sport, Geo Super
AustraliaFox Sport, Tapmad TV, Channel 9
South AfricaSupersport
CaribbeanFlow Sports
New ZealandSky Sports NZ
CanadaWillow TV
NepalSony Six (Sim TV Nepal, Net TV Nepal)

ILT20 2024 Format and Rules

The love for cricket grows daily, and people are eager to watch every match. That’s why a lot of cricket leagues and tournaments are starting. Players can perform in leagues and impress their country’s chief selectors with their performances.

ILT T20 session 2 is played in the T20 format. Like other countries, the UAE Cricket Board started its league to grow local and international players financially. 

There are 34 matches scheduled in the tournament. Thirty-one matches will be played in round-robin matches, two semi-finals, and the final will decide the tournament’s champion. One team will play two matches against each other in round-robin matches.

Will Pakistani Players Shine in the 2nd Edition of ILT20 2024?

Pakistani players will shine in the 2nd Edition of the ILT20 draft. In the 1st Edition, they were not allowed to play in the tournament by the ex-chairman of the PCB, Ramiz Raja. 

But the current chairman of the PCB announced that all Pakistani players would be available for the 2nd Edition. Najam Sethi says we have a good relationship with Emirates Cricket Board and want to continue our good relationship with them.


Three hundred sixty-seven million viewers and it was the 2nd most-watched T20 league in the world. The 1st Edition was successful, so the cricket board of the United Arab Emirates decided to continue this league.

The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) hosts the International League T20.

DP World is the main sponsor of the International League T20. The main sponsor of this league is DP World, which is why it’s known as DP ILT20.

No, it is hosted by the United Arab Emirates ECB, while the ICB hosts IPL. ILT20 and IPL are two different leagues.

There are six teams in ILT20, and 34 matches will be played. All teams will face off twice per team in round-robin matches. 

Final Verdict

If you are a cricket fan, then keep an eye on the ILT20 2024 Season 2. It is sure to be a thrilling tournament. Pakistani players are expected to participate in this UAE league, as PCB Chairman Najam Sethi has stated that the board has no issue with players participating in the tournament.