UAE T20 League: IPL Franchises can sign up to four Players from their IPL Rosters


UAE T20 League: IPL Franchisees can sign Players from their Existing IPL Rosters

The Emirates Cricket Board are all set to launch the inaugural edition of the UAE T20 League early in 2023. The board has decided to give a special privilege to the three IPL franchises that have purchased teams in the UAE T20 League. The ECB will provide the IPL franchisees an option of signing four players from their existing IPL rosters.

This means that the three IPL franchisees- Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Delhi Capitals who have purchased teams in the UAE T20 League have the liberty to sign upto four players from their respective IPL teams.

In Short, the UAE T20 League permit KKR to sign players like Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, or any other player from its current or previous line-up so that they can preserve their identity. In the same way, Mumbai Indians can sign up the likes of Kieron Pollard, Tim David, or even Jofra Archer if they wish to. The same will be the case with Delhi Capitals as well.

“Each franchise will be allowed to sign four players of their choice outside of the draft or auction which we will decide later,” Mubashir Usmani, the secretary-general of the ECB, told this website on Thursday (June 2). “It could be any player who has a NOC from his home board.”

The ECB has not yet decided to have an auction or draft for the UAE T20 League. But there are chances that they will probably opt for a draft to avoid inevitable comparisons with the Indian Premier League.

Meanwhile, the other three franchises owned by the Adani Group, the Glazer family, and Capri Global – might also have the same right of signing four players ahead of the Players Draft or Auctions so that a level of competition is being ensured. All the teams will be allowed a player fee of USD 2 million, the purse being second-best among the franchise-based leagues after the IPL.

With the UAE T20 League tentatively being planned between early January & mid-february in 2023, the schedule can clash with the CSA’s new T20 franchise-based league which the board is planning to launch early in 2023 & in that context, the CSA has requested the Cricket Australia to change the schedule of the three ODIs planned between South Africa & Australia on January 12, 14 and 17.

The idea is to ensure the 100% participation of South Australia players in its T20 league & CA has kept those three games in the ‘subject to confirmation’ category when they released its International Schedule recently. The ECB Officials are planning to have discussions with the CSA to avoid a total overlap of both the leagues.

Meanwhile, after receiving a special invitation from the BCCI, a few ECB Officials, including its vice-chairman Khalid Al Zarooni, attended IPL 2022 Final in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

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