ILT20: Dubai Capitals have signed former England Test captain Joe Root to play in the International League T20, the organisation announced on Thursday.
Root will be appearing in the international league for the second time. Root, England’s leading Test hitter, hasn’t played a T20I since 2019, but he’s made no secret of his ambition to improve his game in the shorter format. He is on the list for the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on Friday.
The root remains a crucial member of England’s ODI squad, but he has been allowed some time off before the Test team’s February visit to New Zealand.
After being unsold in 2018, he confirmed his participation in the next IPL auction last month. Root’s T20 opportunities have been restricted in recent years, owing in part to the duties of his Test leadership, which he held between 2017 and 2022, with only a BBL tenure with Sydney Sixers in 2018-19 and infrequent Hundred appearances for Yorkshire and Trent Rockets.
Root was knocked out of contention by the rise of Dawid Malan, who plays a similar anchor role in the top order and led England to the World T20 final in 2016, scoring an audacious 83 off 44 in a record run chase against South Africa during the group stage. His most recent T201 was against Pakistan prior to the 2019 50-over World Cup in Cardiff.
The Dubai Capitals have signed Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Rovman Powell, Fabian Allen, Sikandar Raza, and Dan Lawrence.
The first ILT20, which has multi-year ICC clearance, will be contested in January 2023 in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
Franchise teams include Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Kolkata Knight Riders), Desert Vipers (Lancer Capital), Dubai Capitals (GMR), Gulf Giants (Adani Sportsline), MI Emirates (Reliance Industries), and Sharjah Warriors (Capri Global)