Ace England all-rounder Moeen Ali has been named as the captain of Sharjah Warriors for the inaugural edition of the International League T20 (ILT20) 2023. ILT20 is a United Arab Emirates (UAE) based cash-rich league that is set to kickstart on 13th January 2022.
Along with Moeen Ali, Sharjah Warriors has announced another veteran cricketer Paul Farbrace as the Head Coach of the franchise. Farbrace is the former T20 World Cup Winning coach of the Sri Lankan team who emerged victorious in 2014.
Paul Farbrace will be accompanied by Matthew Maynard who will be joining as the batting coach and G Jaykumar who will lead the charge of the Warriors’ bowling attack. Sharjah Warriors made the official announcement on Thursday, December 1.
Addressing the media, Farbrace stated that he is looking forward to an exciting period with Sharjah Warriors. He embraced that the T20 format has been challenging and it has been truly amazing to lead top sides with explosive all-round techniques.
Notably, Farbrace has also served as the interim head coach of the England Men’s national team. Paul was also the deputy alongside Peter Moores and Trevor Bayliss for a brief period of a couple of years.
Moeen Ali was also delighted upon the announcement of his captaincy. Ali expressed his pleasure by stating that he is truly honoured to lead Sharjah Warriors in what will prove to be an exceptional championship. He asserted that he will give in his best efforts to steal a victory for his franchise.
R Sridhar joins ILT20 management
Former Indian fielding coach R Sridhar has also made it into the ILT20 management. Sridhar will serve as the Director of Cricket whereas Kshemal Waigankar will be the Chief Executive Officer.
Chief of Capri Global Rajesh Sharma said that with the collaborative efforts of Emirates Cricket and ILT20, they aspire to make the league the fastest developing and most popular across the globe.