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DP World ILT20 captains upbeat about producing electrifying performances in the inaugural season .

Jan 13, 2023

DP World ILT20 captains upbeat about producing electrifying performances in the inaugural season

The team Captains of the DP World International League T20 pose with the league trophy at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on the January 12th, 2023.
  • A representative from each of the DP World International League T20 franchises gathered at the Dubai International Stadium for a press conference on Thursday
  • Single tickets for the opening ceremony and match start at AED22 with enticing packages available for ‘Friends and Family’ for as little as AED60
  • The franchise-style tournament – DP World International League T20 – boasting of six teams & 34 matches to be played across the UAE – will make its debut on January 13, 2023.

UAE, Dubai, 12 January 2023: The DP World International League T20 is all set to get off to a flying start with Dubai Capitals taking on the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in the opening match of the competition at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday, 13 January 2023. The teams will battle it out following a glitzy opening ceremony at the ‘Ring of Fire’.

Before they took on each other on the park, a representative from each of the franchises assembled for a press conference at the Dubai International Stadium on the eve of the start of the month-long contest to share their thoughts about the beginning of the exciting T20 leagu

The Abu Dhabi Knight Riders Captain Sunil Narine expressed that he wants his team to enjoy the ride in the DP World ILT20, “Anything you do in cricket is challenging. We have to adapt and enjoy what we are doing. I hope everyone enjoys the cricket and gives their best.

Narine who has come with his family also believes that UAE is a great place to play cricket. “Having family here is great as we can do a little bit of sightseeing during our downtime instead of just relaxing in the room. There are a lot of things to do in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.”

Meanwhile, Colin Munro, the captain of Desert Vipers is confident that his team will sting his opponents hard. He revealed that he has such a strong team that he has a problem of plenty with many good players in the squad. “We have to look at the balance of our team. The hardest thing for us will be to find a way to fit all good players into the eleven. I just want all the boys to enjoy the cricket and their time in the UAE.”

Rovman Powell, skipper of the Dubai Capitals, wants everyone to use the opportunity to improve, especially the UAE players. “This is a start of something special. Not from a personal standpoint but from the team and franchise standpoint. This is a good chance for the UAE players to showcase their talent. The DP World ILT20 is a good launching pad for them and hopefully, they’ll utilize this opportunity.”

James Vince, the skipper of the Gulf Giants has giant hopes about his team’s chances but accepts that all other teams are strong too. “We are excited to see the tournament get underway. Every team has good talent and I’m looking forward to seeing the teams play against each other. Most of my players travel from tournament to tournament and they know what to do in the coming days. It is important that they play their roles well.”

Dwyane Bravo, the senior most player who represented MI Emirates in the press conference said that the event will be very competitive. “This is a short tournament, but it’s going to be a competitive one.” Bravo also revealed that it would be a learning experience for youngsters. “It’s important for me to pass on whatever knowledge that I have about the game to my teammates and also develop the next generation of cricketers.”

Meanwhile, Moeen Ali, skipper of the Sharjah Warriors, like brave warriors, emphatically said, “We’ll look to play some good cricket and we are here to win. We want to do well particularly in Sharjah since it’s our home ground. We’ll look to enjoy the cricket and also be competitive at the same time.”

Doors will open for fans to catch the opening ceremony of the DP World ILT20 (Friday 13 January) from 4:00 pm GST (5:30 pm IST) with the electrifying Badshah and Derulo performances starting at 5:15 pm GST (6:45 pm IST), followed by the much anticipated first match of the league between Dubai Capitals and Abu Dhabi Knight Riders set to will kick off at 6.45 pm  Fans can enjoy Badshah and Derulo’s glittering performance and the high-octane opening match from as little as AED22 with enticing ‘Friends and Family’ packages on offer for an incredible AED60 – for two adults and two children, and AED80 for a group of four. This enticing ‘Friends and Family’ package will be available throughout the league starting at an incredible AED20. More information about these packages and to purchase tickets can be found by visiting

The inaugural DP World ILT20 promises to be a high-energy competition with some of the greatest cricketing superstars on the planet set to make their way to the UAE to kick-off the league. The league will be played in a 34-match format across the UAE’s exemplary, world-class cricket facilities in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Franchise teams, comprising over 100 International and 24 UAE-based players, include Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Knight Riders Group), Desert Vipers (Lancer Capital), Dubai Capitals (GMR), Gulf Giants , MI Emirates (Reliance Industries), and Sharjah Warriors (Capri Global).

Cricket fans across the world can catch the LIVE telecast of this exciting cricket league on ZEE’s linear channels, digital platform, Zee5 as well as Zee Cinema SD, Zee Cinema HD, Zee Anmol Cinema, &Pictures HD, &Flix SD, &Flix HD, Zee Zest SD, Zee Zest HD, Zee Bangla Cinema, Zee Thirai, and on CricLife across the UAE and MENA regions.