UAE T20 League: Alex Hales, Wanindu Hasaranga among overseas players signed by Desert Vipers for inaugural ILT20

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UAE T20 League: Alex Hales, Wanindu Hasaranga among overseas players signed by Desert Vipers for inaugural ILT20
UAE T20 League: Alex Hales, Wanindu Hasaranga among overseas players signed by Desert Vipers for inaugural ILT20

UAE T20 League: Alex Hales, Wanindu Hasaranga among overseas players signed by Desert Vipers for inaugural ILT20

UAE T20 League: England batter Alex Hales, wicketkeeper-batter Sam Billings, West Indies bowler Sheldon Cottrell and Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga are among the foreign players who Desert Vipers announced for the first United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cricket International League T20 on Friday.

England all-rounder Tom Curran, batter Ben Duckett have also joined the group. Former English wicket-keeper hitter James Foster and former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody have been named as the team’s director of cricket and head coach, respectively.

“I am honoured to lead the Cricket Operations of Desert Vipers in what promises to be an entertaining and high-quality tournament. We have assembled an excellent mix of youth and experience in a highly skilled squad and I warmly welcome our players from all over the world in what is truly an international event,” said Tom Moody in a statement.

Also, head coach James Foster said in a statement:

“Working with such a quality group of players is hugely exciting. And I cannot wait to start with Desert Vipers. This tournament will contain a lot of competitive and entertaining cricket. And alsoI look forward to our squad playing a full role in that.”

Lancer Capital introduced the “Desert Vipers” ILT20 League team on Friday.

“Desert Vipers, owned by Lancer Capital, are proud and also excited to be part of @ILT20Official,” tweeted Desert Vipers.

The Emirates Cricket Board announced in July that the first season of the International League T20 (ILT20) League will run from January 6 to February 12, 2023.

At renowned, top-notch stadiums in the United Arab Emirates. The six-team franchise-style league will play over the course of a 34-match calendar. Therefore, the first competition slated to take place between January 6 and February 12, 2023.

The competition will also give Emirates Cricket a great opportunity to elevate the level of local talent development. Players from the UAE who are currently a part of the board’s programme as well as those chosen by the high-performance coaching. And also selection committee teams will have the chance to train. And compete alongside some of the best minds in the world at the present time.