The Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) on Monday (August 2) announced the dates of the Premier League T20 (PL T20), their very own T20 Championship tournament. The tournament will be played between six franchise styled-teams similar to the Indian Premier League (IPL) in January-February next year.
The board also unveiled the logo of the Premier League T20 on Monday, which is an ode to its home city – Dubai. The logo depicts the UAE’s national symbol – the majestic Falcon draped in UAE’s flag colours, which is symbolically intertwined with a hit of a batsman. All the elements of the PLT20 logo are then encased by a shield.
The board is confident of attracting the highest number of international players in a squad. It aims to provide a platform for exposure to upcoming players.
Khalid Al Zarooni, Premier League T20 Chairman said, “We believe we have created a logo that honours 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.”
Dr Tayeb Kamali, Selection Committee Chairman, Emirates Cricket Board, said: “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,” he added.
The tournament was sanctioned by ECB Chairman His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan to Dubai Sports City in February.
According to a report by Cricbuzz, at least two of the six teams to contest in the Premier League T20 will involve parties IPL franchise owners. Shahrukh Khan-owned Knight Riders franchise and GMR, co-owners of Delhi Capitals, are likely to be part of the tournament. The report also said that the ECB is in discussions with Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad as well.