The highly anticipated Emirates Airline T20 Cricket Tournament (#EmiratesT20) is returning on the 23rd and 24th March 2017 with a brand-new format and new host venue.

Tournament organisers, Sporta Group, have announced the 2017 Emirates Airline T20 will feature six international teams playing across two days; 23rd and 24th March. For the first year ever, the tournament will be hosted at the impressive, world-class Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium.

Some of the biggest stars in cricket are expected to play including Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Jonathon Trott, Shahid Afridi, Jimmy Anderson, Brendon McCullum and Ian Bell to name a few.

Confirmed teams include the hugely popular Peshawar Zalmi and Lahore Qalandars from the Pakistan Super League, Lancashire Lightning (2015 T20 Blast winners), the Jamaica Tallawahas (2016 CPL Winners) and Birmingham Bears (2016 RL Cup Winners). The full team line-up will be announced in early January 2017.

Presenting Partner, Emirates Airline, has supported the tournament since its inception in 2010.

“Emirates is proud to partner with the Emirates Airline Twenty20, and an event that brings successful international cricket clubs to Dubai to compete for the coveted Trophy. The sport of cricket offers strong synergy for the Emirates brand because it mirrors the markets we serve, which includes the key cricket playing nations,” commented Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Centre for Emirates.    

“Cricket has been a key part of our sponsorship strategy from the beginning, and has provided us with a powerful platform to connect with fans and communities. We are delighted to have helped grow the tournament over the years and pleased to welcome more international teams this year.”

According to Matthew Jackson, Managing Director of Sporta Group, “The tournament provides something for everyone as well as avid cricket fans, with two action-packed days featuring; six games of international cricket, a corporate sixes tournament, a Friday brunch, family activities, entertainment, competitions and more. Cricket fans will also have the opportunity to meet their heroes through player meet-and-greets, signings and even coaching sessions.

“The EKT20 has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2010 and next year’s tournament is set to be the biggest and most international yet. We are very excited to host it in the stunning Dubai Sports City Stadium for the first time and welcome our new international teams.”

General admission and brunch tickets for the Emirates Airline T20 Tournament will released in January 2017.

For corporate hospitality and sponsorship packages and information please contact sally@interact-events.com.

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About Sporta Group

Sporta Group provides event management, player management and sponsorship services within the sports industry, along with sports tours worldwide via our sister company Sporta Tours. Formerly known as Sport Arabia Worldwide, the Sporta brand has been established for 10 years. In that time we are proud to have established as the partner of choice for a number of high profile teams, from the England Cricket squad and several UK County Cricket clubs, to Australia’s BBL franchises Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder. We enjoy a solid track record and reputation with numerous schools in the UK, where we are based, and overseas.

About Emirates

The Emirates story started in 1985 when we launched operations with just two aircraft. Today, we fly the world’s biggest fleets of Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s, offering our customers the comforts of the latest and most efficient wide-body aircraft in the skies. We inspire travellers around the world with our growing network of destinations, industry leading inflight entertainment, regionally inspired cuisine and world-class service.