There is no David Warner, but Andre Russell, Moeen Ali, Wanindu Hasaranga, Alex Hales, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Jordan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman lead the big-name signings for the inaugural ILT20, to be played in the UAE in January-February next year.
Apart from Wanindu Hasaranga, another seven Sri Lankan cricketers have been signed up. They are Lahiru Kumara, Seekugge Prasanna, Charith Asalanka, Isuru Udana, Niroshan Dickwella, Dushmantha Chameera and Bhanuka Rajapaksa.
The six franchises in the league are owned by Reliance Industries – Kolkata Knight Riders, Capri Global, GMR, Lancer Capital and Adani Sportsline – will exercise their ‘direct acquisition’ rights to acquire these players, with whom they have held discussions.
No cricketers from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan feature in the league’s plans at this stage, while Chris Lynn is the only Australian in the mix. While things could change on the Australia, Bangladesh and India front – the last despite the BCCI’s stance against their players participating in overseas leagues, because of the number of teams owned by IPL owners – it is understood that Pakistani cricketers are not involved because they were unlikely to be granted NOCs by the PCB to play in the league due to international and domestic commitments.