UAE’s exclusive T20 feast is here with Emirates Cricket Board’s Domestic ‘D20’ 20-over tournament
Dubai, UAE, November 30th 2020: Building on the success of the Emirates D10 Tournament, Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday launched a brand-new T20 tournament titled Emirates Domestic ‘D20’.
The competition will take place at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium from 6 to 24 December 2020. Six teams, comprising senior and up-and-coming male players from the Emirates, will fight it out for the trophy in as many as 33 matches, including the final on 24th December.
Khalid Al Zarooni, vice-chairman of Emirates Cricket Board, said on the launch of the tournament: “Following on from our successful hosting of the Emirates D10 tournament during July and August of this year, it is my pleasure to announce that the Emirates Cricket Board has finalised a domestic D20 (20-over) tournament. This initiative is an integral step in promoting and developing the sport in the UAE”.
“Matches will be witnessed by UAE Cricket’s Director of Cricket, Robin Singh, as well as by members of our National Selection Committee with a view of consideration for future selection (to represent the UAE). Our thanks go to ITW Consulting, as partners of both our D10 and now our D20 tournament, their continued commitment to promoting and highlighting our domestic talent is exceptionally encouraging and we are excited to, through them, take our talents to the cricket-loving world through various streaming services,” added Al Zarooni.
The Emirates Domestic ‘D20’ tournament will not only go live across various regions but will also be streamed live on social media platforms. AlShorts, where you get crisp news in 30 seconds, will also be delivering regular updates, match reports, and more during the Emirates Domestic ‘D20’.
“In any sport, identifying critical talent is extremely important. Catching them young and grooming them deliberately and professionally within a conducive environment goes a long way in building a strong national team,” said Dr Tayeb Kamali, Selection Committee Chairman, Emirates Cricket.
“The 20-over format is a well-established and highly popular format of the game that is played around the world at International levels. We are confident that this tournament will help identify promising cricket talent who can then be further trained and integrated into the UAE National Team. We look forward to 12-days of thrilling, competitive cricket,” added Dr Kamali.
Vivek Chandra, Director, ITW Consulting, commented: “UAE Cricket is seeing a positive change and we are committed towards strengthening the Board’s vision of being a Full Member in the coming future. Emirates D10 had a great success, and we are sure Emirates D20 would also be a stepping stone towards a sustainable domestic structure.”
Mubashshir Usmani, the Secretary General Emirates Cricket, said: “Emirates Cricket’s domestic tournament portfolio continues to become a sustainable pathway for the growth and development of our game. Our thanks are extended to our Councils and affiliates for their continued support. While we are still facing uncertain times, we will review spectator attendance as we move through the tournament.”