UAE T20X called off
Following the tournament’s failure to sell franchises within the stipulated time, the inaugural T20X League has been called off.
The Emirates Cricket Board on Thursday (November 15) made the announcement to not go ahead with the franchise tournament which was to begin in the UAE next month
The tournament had gained ICC approval, and also secured such names as Kumar Sangakkara, Eoin Morgan, David Miller, Andre Russell and Shahid Afridi as Icon Players, with AB de Villiers also involved as a non-playing ambassador.
But still, the ECB and their commercial partners Opi Group were unable to find buyers for three of the five franchises.
“Following talks between the Emirates Cricket Board [ECB] and event promoter OPi, it has been mutually agreed that the planned UAE T20x franchise cricket league will not take place in the UAE this coming December/January,” a statement from the organisers read.
📰 UAE T20X to be discontinued
— T20X (@T20xLeague) November 15, 2018
“The decision follows the conclusion of the Invitation to Tender process for tournament franchises. Both the ECB and OPi had been hopeful of achieving the sale of five franchise teams for the first year of the tournament.
“Whilst negotiations had been completed on two franchise teams and a further three were well advanced, it was felt that there was no longer sufficient time to close the sales process and to successfully deliver and promote a December event.”
The first edition of the tournament was supposed to feature 22 matches played over 24 days. Each of the five franchises was to comprise 16 players – six international and two emerging players from Full Member countries, three from Associate countries, two young players from the local domestic set-up and three UAE national cricketers.