The inaugural edition of the UAE-based T20 competition, ILT20, is all set to begin in January 2023. It will be the second cash-rich league in its very first version after the Indian Premier League (IPL). According to reliable reports, the ILT20 officials have announced hefty contracts worth $430,000 for its top-notched cricketers.
Notably, the league is sponsored by IPL, alongside three of the six teams owned by the owners of three IPL teams; Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, and Kolkata Knight Riders. It has been learnt that these owners have decided to rope in four of their IPL players in their respective franchises of the newly launched ILT20.
This is the reason why big giants like David Warner are forced to ditch the country's own T20 tournament, the Big Bash League. Notably, Warner and other Australian cricketers occupy a respectable place in the IPL following Cricket Australia and BCCI's contractual agreements for the league.
The schedules of the BBL and Pakistan Super League (PSL) collide with the ILT20, which will create a tough challenge for the two leagues to rope in big stars. ILT20, being the second cash-rich league, will target the top-notch cricketers from across the world.
It must be noted that ILT20 2023 will begin on 6th January, to be ended on 12th January. Every team will face each other twice throughout the league, making 34 league stage games, and four playoffs to be played across three major stadiums of UAE.