ILT20 2024 starts on Jan 19, Root, Wood & Woakes not to miss for IND vs ENG Tests

International League T20 Season 2 is all set to start on 19th January 2024. However, ILT20 2024 will be without top English players. Although Joe Root, Mark Wood and Chris Woakes have been retained, they will miss the tournament as the ILT20 clashes with the India vs England Test series. The ILT20 final is on February 18, while the IND vs ENG Test series begins on January 25. It will last until March 11. It is possible that all three stars will not get NOC from England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

England Test Stars in ILT20 2024:

  • Joe Root (Dubai Capitals)
  • Mark Wood (Dubai Capitals)
  • Rehan Ahmed (Gulf Giants)
  • Chris Woakes (Sharjah Warriors)

Also Read: Shaheen Afridi, David Warner among other stars to participate in ILT20 Season 2

England are set to arrive in India at least two weeks before the start of the IND vs ENG test series. Hence, they will miss the ILT20. While the Dubai Capitals, Gulf Giants and Sharjah Warriors have yet to announce replacements, they will eventually have to pick other players.

India v England Test Series

Joe Root is England’s batting mainstay. Mark Wood and Chris Waokes will have a bigger role in Stuart Broad’s absence. The veteran has brought down the curtains on his illustrious career after the 2023 Ashes.

Rehan Ahmed made his Pakistan debut and took 7 wickets including a fifer. With Indian pitches helping the spinners, the wrist spinner may find his way into England’s Test squad for the India tour. After a 1-3 series defeat last time out and a 2-2 draw at home, England will be desperate to make amends in India.

Joe Root smashed 214 runs in five matches in the first season of the International League T20. Rehan Ahmed took 8 wickets in six matches. Chris Woakes returned with 7 wickets and scored 67 runs.

International League T20

For the second consecutive year, six teams – Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, Desert Vipers, Dubai Capitals, Gulf Giants, MI Emirates and Sharjah Warriors – will compete for the ILT20 trophy. It will again be a 34-match format. ILT20 2024 will feature 30 group matches and four playoffs, including the final.

The Gulf Giants will defend their title. The James Vince-led Giants defeated the Desert Vipers by seven wickets in the final of the inaugural season.

ILT20 2024 Team:

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders: New Signatures: Brandon McMullen, David Willey, Jake Lintott, Josh Little, Laurie Evans, Michael Pepper, Ravi Bopara and Sam Hain.

Reservations: Ali Khan, Andre Russell, Charith Asalanka, Joe Clarke, Sabir Ali, Sunil Narine, Marchant de Lange and Matiullah Khan.

Desert Vipers: New signatures: Adam Hose, Azam Khan, Bas de Leede, Michael Jones, Shadab Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Reservations: Alex Hales, Ali Naseer, Colin Munro, Dinesh Chandimal, Gus Atkinson, Luke Wood, Matheesha Pathirana, Rohan Mustafa, Sheldon Cottrell, Sherfane Rutherford, Tom Curran and Wanindu Hasaranga.

Capitals of Dubai: New signatures: Andrew Tye, Dasun Shanaka, David Warner, Mark Wood, Max Holden, Mohammad Mohsin, Nuwan Suchara, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Roelof van der Merwe, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Sam Billings.

Reservations: Dushmantha Chameera, Joe Root, Raja Akif, Rovman Powell and Sikandar Raza.

Giants of the Gulf: New Signatures: Dominic Drakes, Jamie Smith, Jordan Cox, Karim Janat, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Saurabh Netravalkar.

Reservations: Aayan Afzal Khan, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Jordan, Chris Lynn, Gerhard Erasmus, James Vince, Jamie Overton, Rehan Ahmed, Richard Gleeson, Sanchit Sharma and Shimron Hetmyer.

MI Emirates

New Signatures: Akeal Hosein, Ambati Rayudu, Corey Anderson, Kusal Perera, Nosthush Kenjige, Odean Smith, Vijayakanth Vijayakanth and Waqar Salamkheil.

Reservations: Andre Fletcher, Daniel Mousley, Dwayne Bravo, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Jordan Thompson, Kieron Pollard, McKenny Clarke, Muhammad Waseem, Nicholas Pooran, Trent Boult, Will Smeed and Zahoor Khan.

Sharjah Warriors

New Signatures: Chris Sole, Daniel Sams, Dilshan Madhushanka, James Fuller, Johnson Charles, Kusal Mendis, Lewis Gregory, Maheesh Theekshana, Mark Watt, Martin Guptill, Sean Williams and Qais Ahmed.

Reservations: Chris Woakes, Joe Denly, Junaid Siddique, Mark Deyal, Muhammad Jawadullah and Tom Kohler-Cadmore.

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