UAE Premier League T20 team to debut in 2022


UAE inaugural Premier League T20 schedule and logo unveiled Image: Emirates Cricket Board

UAE’s inaugural Premier League T20 (PLT20) will be played across United Arab Emirates (UAE) in January and February 2022. The new six-team franchise-style league has been sanctioned by the Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Emirates Cricket Board Chairman, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

While making the announcement on August 2nd, PLT20 also unveiled the tournament logo which is an ode to its home City – Dubai. The hallmark of the new league is that it will have highest number of international players in a squad. This unique aspect of the league will attract some of the biggest names in world cricket while also providing a platform and international exposure to upcoming players.

The Premier League T20 (PLT20) is a professional franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament established in 2020 that combines two of the most compelling aspects of global sport – world class infrastructure coupled with the most favorable time zone catering to a global audience. The PLT20 will be the premier cricket tournament in the Middle East comprising six teams boasting highest number of international cricketers in a professional T20 cricket tournament.

The logo fosters and exudes a patriotic fervor with the UAE’s national symbol – the majestic Falcon draped in UAE’s flag colors, which then symbolically intertwines with the unmistakable cricket image – the powerful hit of a batsman. All the elements of the PLT20 logo are then encased by a shield symbolizing pride, honor and strength which combine to create an unbreakable, uniting force of the United Arab Emirates – values which will underpin every aspect of PLT20.

Averred Khalid Al Zarooni, Premier League T20 Chairman, “We believe we have created a logo that honors and reflects UAE’s culture as well as highlights our sporting prowess. We hope that this logo serves its intended purpose to unite, excite and generate a sense of pride throughout the cricket community – players and fans – across the world.”

Enthused Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Selection Committee Chairman, Emirates Cricket Board, “With PLT20, we are delighted that the UAE now has a series of cricket tournaments involving all major formats that will bring together the best of international players alongside national players. As UAE’s newest league begins charting new territory across the UAE and the region, we believe PLT20 has created an image that accurately depicts what represents the UAE, the league, what unites us, and what is at the core of its vision. We are thrilled for PLT20 to unveil its brand identity.”

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