England batter Alex Hales, wicketkeeper batter Sam Billings, West Indian bowler Sheldon Cottrell and Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga were among the overseas signers unveiled by Desert Vipers for the inaugural edition of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cricket’s International League T20 on Friday. England all-rounder Tom Curran, batter Ben Duckett have also signed to the team. The franchise has appointed former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody and former England wicket-keeper James Foster as their Cricket Director and Head Coach respectively.
“I am honored to lead the Cricket Operations of Desert Vipers in what promises to be an entertaining, high quality tournament. We have assembled an excellent blend of youth and experience in a highly skilled squad and I welcome our players from around the world world to what is truly an international event,” Tom Moody said in a statement.
Head coach James Foster also said in a statement: “Working with such a quality group of players is extremely exciting and I can’t wait to get started with Desert Vipers. This tournament will have a lot of competitive and entertaining cricket and I’m looking forward to it.” Our team plays a full role in that.”
On Friday, Lancer Capital unveiled its ILT20 League franchise called ‘Desert Vipers’.
“Desert Vipers, owned by Lancer Capital, is proud and excited to be part of @ILT20Official,” Desert Vipers tweeted.
In July, the Emirates Cricket Board confirmed that the inaugural International League T20 (ILT20) League will be played between the window from January 6 to February 12, 2023.
The six-team franchise-style competition is played over a 34-match schedule in the UAE’s world-class, world-class venues. The first event is scheduled between the window of January 6 and February 12, 2023.
The tournament will also provide a valuable platform for Emirates Cricket to take the development of their local talent to the next level, where players from the UAE who are currently integrated into the board’s program as well as those identified through the high-quality coaching – and selection committee teams, get the chance to train and play with some of the world’s best minds from today’s game.
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