UAET20X is poised to become the game-changer for Associate member nation players. It’s not an forecast but a fact that is soon to be realised when the players draft takes place in Nov 2018 in which 15 Associate member countries players (3 players per 5 franchise squads) will be chosen to play alongside Global T20 stars and a host of UAE players (National squad and emerging/U19).
And to ensure that the tournament gets the Global attention from the onset, the organisers brought on board the modern generation cricketing legend, South Africa’s AB de Villiers as the tournament’s Brand Ambassador. West Indies player Andre Russell, England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and South African player David Miller have already joined the league as first of the ICON players with many more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Each franchise squad comprising of 16 members will include 6 International star players, 4 Emerging players from across the globe, 3 UAE players and 3 ICC Associate members. The tournament will be running from Dec 19th 2018 – Jan 19th, 2019 and will be running adjacent with Australia’s KFC Big Bash League.
Now comes the big part. Since it’s going to be “THE” league for Associate member countries players and 15 spots available (excluding UAE players), the interest among the players across Associate countries have been significantly huge and it’s showcased by the fact that 120 players from 10 Associate member countries have already registered for the players draft, due to take place sometime in Nov 2018.
Some of the Top Associate member players including the likes of Mohammad Naveed, Shaiman Anwar, Sandeep Lamichhane, Paras Khadka, Ryan ten Doeschate, Roelof van der Merwe, Calum Macleod, Babar Hayat, Hamza Tariq, Ali Khan & Zeeshan Maqsood have registered themselves for the players draft. There has been significant amount of player registration done from countries like Oman, USA, Canada and even Japan!!
Here’s the breakdown of some of the Countries and number of players registered in the players draft:
|Associate Member Country||Number of Registered Players in Draft|
|United Arab Emirates||28|
|United States of America||6|