• Derulo will perform in the ILT20 opening ceremony alongside Indian rapper Badshah
• Opening Ceremony to take place at Dubai International Stadium and act as the lead-in to the much-anticipated tournament opener
• The franchise-style tournament – International League T20 – boasting of six teams & 34 matches to be played across the UAE – will make its debut in January 2023
UAE: The ILT20 adds another layer of dazzle to its inaugural opening ceremony, set for Friday January 13 (2023), with the signing of RnB megastar Jason Derulo. The award-winning singer-songwriter legend, well known for hits like Sliding, Savage Love, Don’t Wanna Go Home, and Whatcha Say is expected to have the crowd at their feet and wanting more of his charismatic brilliance as he brings his smooth moves to the Dubai International Stadium’s ‘Ring of Fire’.
Mubashshir Usmani, General Secretary, Emirates Cricket Board said, “Jason is an incredibly dynamic and creative artist, he has a very strong affinity with the UAE and Dubai, and league management is thrilled to bring his energy and influential style to the ILT20 Opening Ceremony. We anticipate his performance, alongside that of the dynamic Badshah, to bring a distinctive verve to the ‘Ring of Fire’. This duo is going to launch the inaugural edition of the league with performances that resonate with this truly unique and world-class tournament.”
Making its debut on Friday January 13 (2023), the inaugural ILT20, which has received multi-year ICC approval, will be played in a 34-match format across the UAE’s exemplary, world-class cricket facilities in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Cricket fans across the world can catch the LIVE telecast of this exciting cricket league on ZEE’s linear channels, digital platform, Zee5 as well as Zee Cinema SD, Zee Cinema HD, Zee Anmol Cinema, &Pictures HD, &Flix SD, &Flix HD, Zee Zest SD, Zee Zest HD, Zee Bangla Cinema and Zee Thirai.
Franchise teams, comprising 84 International and 24 UAE-based players, 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).
ILT20 news, updates and interactive chat can be found via www.ilt20.ae and @ILT20Official on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat and Linkedin.