ILT20 2024 Kickstarts with Clash of Titans: Sharjah Warriors to Host Gulf Giants in Opener

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Get ready for cricketing fireworks as ILT20 2024 kicks off on January 19. Sharjah Warriors take on Gulf Giants in the opener, setting the stage for a thrilling T20 spectacle.

New Delhi, January 19, 2024 – The anticipation is building as the second edition of the International League T20 (ILT20) gears up to commence on Friday, January 19, 2024. Sharjah Warriors are set to host the defending champions, Gulf Giants, in an electrifying opening match at the iconic Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

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Six powerhouse teams will compete for glory in the ILT20 2024, with a total of 33 matches scheduled across three venues – Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi. The grand finale is slated to take place in Dubai on February 17.

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Key Matches in the Opening Weekend

The action kicks off with a showdown between Sharjah Warriors and Gulf Giants. Meanwhile, last season’s runners-up, Desert Vipers, will face off against Sunil Narine-led Abu Dhabi Knight Riders on Sunday.

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Leadership Changes in Key Teams

In a strategic move, Nicholas Pooran has assumed the captaincy of MI Emirates, while veteran Australian David Warner is set to lead Dubai Capitals in the 2024 season.

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Tournament Format and Venues

The six teams will engage in a round-robin format, with the top four teams advancing to the qualifiers. All matches, including the knockout rounds and the final, will be hosted at the three designated venues – Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi.

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Where to Watch ILT20 2024

For fans in India, the excitement can be enjoyed through live broadcasts on Zee TV, Zee TV HD, Sony Six, and Sony Six HD. Those preferring online streaming can catch all the action on the Zee5 app and website.

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ILT20 2024 Schedule and Timings

The tournament officially kicks off on January 19, with matches commencing at 8:00 PM IST. Double-header games will have an early start at 4:00 PM IST.

Meet the Squads

As the teams prepare to battle it out, let’s take a look at the squads:-

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  • Gulf Giants: James Vince (c), Chris Lynn, Carlos Brathwaite, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, and more.
  • MI Emirates: Nicholas Pooran (c), Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, and others.
  • Sharjah Warriors: Tom Kohler-Cadmore (c), Lewis Gregory, Chris Woakes, and more.
  • Abu Dhabi Knight Riders: Sunil Narine (c), Andre Russell, Joe Clarke, and others.
  • Desert Vipers: Colin Munro (c), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan, and more.
  • Dubai Capitals: David Warner (c), Joe Root, Andrew Tye, and others.

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With a star-studded lineup and intense matchups, ILT20 2024 promises to be a cricketing extravaganza that fans won’t want to miss. Mark your calendars for a thrilling ride through the world of T20 cricket.

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