The Adani-owned franchise of UAE’s ILT20 has finally unveiled its name as ‘Gulf Giants’. Further, the franchise has signed Andy Flower as their Head Coach for the inaugural edition of the league.
“It’s exciting to be a part of any of the big franchise tournaments, and the ILT20 has big plans to be a major franchise tournament,” Flower said in a statement released by the franchise. “As leaders, our job is to serve the players as best we can, and this principle is very important to me.”
“We are confident that Andy will contribute to the development and mentoring of a cohesive team,” Satyam Trivedi of Adani Sportsline, the sports arm of the Adani Group, said. “I am confident that he will also help to align our players with our vision of connecting and engaging with global cricket fans from all over the world.”
Andy Flower who has been regarded as Zimbabwe’s greatest has weaved a successful coaching career since his retirement in 2003. Under his coaching, Zimbabwe qualified for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2010. He has since worked with the Afghanistan Men’s National Team as well as franchise teams at the IPL, the PSL, the CPL, and in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament. Andy Flower is known for his excellent coaching stint across the globe & Gulf Giants would hope that his experience would help the team to achieve success in the newly launched ILT20.
The Inaugural season of the ILT20 will Kickstart in January 2023
The UAE’s ILT20 is all set to be played from January 6 to February 23 in 2023. Initially, the inaugural season of the ILT20 was expected to begin in 2022 but due to the lack of availability of window, the league has been pushed back to 2023. However, the recent tweak in the schedule has resulted in doubt about the availability of the world’s best T20 players as the BBBL, the BPL & the CSA’s new T20 League all are likely to be played in the same window while the eighth edition of the PSL is expected to start just days after the ILT20 ends.
The six-team-based ILT20 is expected to have 34 matches with each franchise facing others twice in the league stage, followed by four playoff matches. The tournament comprises renowned team owners as the likes of Adani Group, Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, the owners of Mumbai Indians, GMR Group, co-owner of Delhi Capitals, the Knight Riders [Kolkata and Trinbago] franchise owners, Capri Global, a non-banking financial company based in India, and Lancer Capital, owners of Manchester United Football Club, all own teams. Also as reported by Cricketflicker, the teams that take part in the IPL could recruit players from their IPL roasters.
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