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International League T20 (ILT20) starting next year in the UAE is set to be the second biggest tournament after the Indian T20 League, being conducted by the Emirates Cricket Board in UAE, The overall salary cap in the hands of a team will be USD 2.5 million per team.
ILT20 is expected to be the second most expensive league as compared to any other franchise-based tournament being played around the world. While the highest-paid player in the Indian T20 League gets more than USD 2 million per season, the ILT20 is set to pay USD 450,000 to its highest-paid cricketers per season.
If we take a look across leagues, the highest-paid cricketer in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) can earn up to USD 200,000. Similarly, the highest-paid player in the Hundred gets USD 164,000, while the most expensive overseas player in the Big Bash League gets USD 238,000 per season.
With very high amounts of money involved, the players are likely to give greater preference to the ILT20 as compared to any other franchise-based league. According to several reports, Australia’s destructive batter David Warner might stop participating in the BBL so that he can take part in the ILT20 in the UAE.
According to the organizers, the league will have a total of six teams with each team playing the other five teams twice during the group stage matches before reaching the knockout stages. The tournament will take place from January 6 to February 12, with 34 matches to be played. A total of nine players in a team can be overseas players while one UAE and one Associate player are must to complete the playing XI.
This league is also Indian T20 League dominated because, three of the six franchises in the upcoming tournament have been purchased by Indian T20 League owners, including Mumbai, Kolkata, and Delhi. The rest of the three teams are owned by Lancer Capital, led by Avram Glazer, part of the ownership of prominent football club Manchester United, top India business firm Adani Group, and Capri Global.
This shortly comes after all 6 franchises in The T20 league hosted by Cricket South Africa are owned by Indian T20 League Franchises.