Abu Dhabi T10 League 2022, Match 23
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On Friday, December 2, Mumbai Indians (MI) announced that the former West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard will be the skipper of MI Emirates in the International League T20 (ILT20) and star Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan will be leading MI Cape Town in SA20.

The International League T20 (ILT20), which will be a 6-team tournament, is all set to commence in 2023 and it will be a 34-match event as each team will be playing the others twice in the league, followed by four playoff matches. The tournament will be played from January 13 to February 12.

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Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard
Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard. (Photo: IPL)

Meanwhile, SA20, which will be the inaugural edition of Cricket South Africa’s T20 league, is set to be played from January 10 to February 11, 2023. The 6-team tournament is set to have 33 matches.

“MI Global today announced the captains for MI Emirates and MI Cape Town. Kieron Pollard and Rashid Khan will take over the captain’s duties for MI Emirates and MI Cape Town, respectively,” MI said in an official media release.

“Mumbai Indians went global with the addition of teams in the T20 cricketing leagues of South Africa and UAE earlier this year. The new members of Mumbai Indians ‘One Family’ MI Emirates and MI Cape Town are set to debut in their inaugural seasons in January 2023. Both teams feature some of the best players from across global cricket and will look to replicate the MI ethos and focus that has helped Mumbai Indians be one of the most successful franchises in global cricket,” the statement further read.

I’m convinced that Kieron Pollard and Rashid will take forward the MI ethos and MI brand of cricket – Akash M. Ambani

Nita Ambani, Akash Ambani, Mumbai Indians
Nita Ambani, and Akash Ambani. Image Credits: BCCI

In an official statement issued by Mumbai Indians (MI), Akash M. Ambani said that they are delighted to announce Pollard and Rashid as the captains of MI’s new franchises. He stated:

“We’re extremely pleased to announce our captains for our extended MI Global one family for the cricketing season 2023. We have an amazing mix of talent, experience, and passion in both our captains. I’m convinced that Polly and Rashid will take forward the MI ethos and MI brand of cricket. Both will work with our excellent coaching teams to infuse the MI spirit in MI Emirates and MI Cape Town and win the hearts of cricket fans in UAE and South Africa.”

Rashid Khan. PC- Getty
Rashid Khan. PC- Getty

Meanwhile, MI Emirates have roped in star players like Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Trent Boult and Imran Tahir while MI Cape Town squad consists of world-class players like Rashid, Kagiso Rabada, Dewald Brevis, Rassie van der Dussen, Jofra Archer, Sam Curran and Liam Livingstone.

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