The UAE T20 League (ILT20) has been on a fast-track mode in signing coaches & setting up teams ahead of the inaugural edition of the league which is all set to be played from January 6 to February 12 in 2023. Tom Moody whose coaching excellence extends to almost all parts of the world, has been signed up by the Glazer family as their team director.
Tom Moody who was the Head Coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in the IPL 2021 & has been an integral part of set-ups in England, West Indies, and Sri Lanka, has been given the task of putting together the team and coaches. When Moody was contacted to comment on the same he said, “Your request will need to go through the franchise itself, unfortunately.”
Meanwhile, R Sridhar, a former India fielding coach has been signed by Capri Gopal owned by a Mumbai Dubai-based businessman, Rajesh Sharma. He will serve the role of a Coaching Director for the Capri Global franchise. Sridhar confirmed the development to one of the leading media portals.
The Adani Group which also owns a franchise in the ILT20 is in talks with Andy Flower & is likely to sign the Zimbabwean for the role of team director. Just like Moody, Flower also has a presence in myriad leagues, including the IPL, PSL, and The Hundred. Flower & Adani Officials both didn’t respond to the query. On the other hand, Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders, RIL’s Mumbai Indians, and GMR’s Delhi Capitals have their own cricket set-ups and have started building up teams through their existing staff.
The ILT20 is expected to allocate franchises to each investor, although KKR already have declared the acquisition of the Abu Dhabi team. The Capri team has been allocated Sharjah while Dubai will be GMR’s base. Details of other franchises will be revealed soon but as per the reports, the ILT20 League will introduce the concept of floating teams and sharing of venues. Apart from Knight Riders, GMR and Capri, the other three will share venues but may not have a permanent base.
The ILT20 league will announce the rules for signing players outside of a draft which will soon be hosted by the ILT20. Each team will be allowed to sign four-five players of their choice. With 32 games, ILT20 will run from January 6 to February 12 in 2023.
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