ILT20 2025 Set for January Start, Potential Clashes Loom

Sumant Mandal
3 weeks ago

ILT20 2025 Set for January Start, Potential Clashes Loom. The stage is set for another exciting edition of the International League T20 (ILT20).

But this year’s tournament could be overshadowed by scheduling conflicts with other major cricket leagues. Announced on Friday.

ILT20’s third season is slated to run from January 11 to February 9, 2025.

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Here’s the catch: the official dates for both the Big Bash League (BBL) and the new South Africa T20 league (SA20) haven’t been revealed yet.

However, industry insiders suggest the BBL might extend until January 26th, while the SA20 is expected to kick off shortly after the New Year’s Test against Pakistan concludes in Cape Town on January 7th.

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ILT20 2025 Set for January Start, Potential Clashes Loom

But wait, there’s more! Another potential clash on the horizon involves South Africa’s possible ODI series.

Pakistan as preparation for the 2025 Champions Trophy scheduled for mid-February in the same nation. This creates a crowded window for players who might be contracted to participate in multiple leagues.

ILT20 League Loyalty vs. Lucrative Offers: A Player’s Dilemma

The ILT20 has established itself as a financially attractive option for top cricketers.

This, however, has resulted in a high player turnover throughout the tournament, with teams resorting to short-term signings as players juggle commitments across various leagues.

The BBL witnessed a similar scenario last season when the ILT20 began on January 19th. While some overseas players managed to participate in most of the BBL’s regular season, they eventually departed for the UAE.

This trend is likely to continue in the upcoming season, potentially impacting the BBL’s viewership and overall quality.

The BBL, hoping to counter this challenge, initially aimed to capitalize on Australia’s homegrown Test stars’ availability after the Sydney Test against India concludes on January 7th. However, a two-Test tour of Sri Lanka scheduled for Australia in late January throws a wrench in those plans.

Reports suggest the Test players might only be available for a maximum of three BBL games, if at all, depending on their fatigue levels after a grueling five-Test series against India in a short timeframe.

A Balancing Act: Sticking to Tradition vs. Exploring New Horizons

In a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo, David White, the CEO of ILT20, acknowledged the congested January-February window and the “added complications” posed by the Champions Trophy.

He expressed the ILT20’s initial openness to exploring alternative dates, including the October-November period.

ICC’s Future Tours Program (FTP) that governs bilateral series between nations.

Despite these considerations, the ILT20 has ultimately decided to retain its traditional January-February window used for the past two seasons.

White, in a press release issued on Friday, justified this decision by stating, “Having considered all aspects, the January-February window for Season 3 has turned out to be the most suitable.”

A Glimmer of Hope: The Domino Effect of PSL’s Move

Last week, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) made a bold move by shifting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) to an April-May window.

This strategic decision aims to decongest the already crowded December-February period, which would have also included the upcoming Champions Trophy. The PSL’s shift could potentially benefit the ILT20.

In 2024, the PCB allowed top Pakistani players to participate in the ILT20, a move White credited for boosting crowd attendance across the three UAE venues.

Looking ahead, White emphasized the ILT20’s continued commitment to fostering the development of Associate players, particularly those from the UAE and Oman.

He highlighted the recent success of the UAE team in the ACC Premier Cup in Oman, which secured their qualification for the prestigious Asia Cup (T20 format) in 2025 for the first time in eight years.

White attributed a significant portion of this achievement to the invaluable experience and exposure many of these players gained during the ILT20’s second season.

So, what do you think? Will the ILT20’s decision to stick to its usual window create scheduling chaos for players and fans? Will the domino effect of the PSL’s move offer the ILT20 any advantages

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