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The five-team tournament, the first season of which will take place from 19 December this year to 11 January 2019, is being organised by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).

Hosted in one of the most unique and desirable locations in the world, the league will reflect the UAE’s desire to push the realms of possibility and use its position at the centre of the cricketing world to become a hub for world-class sport.

De Villiers, who won’t take part in the tournament as a player; he has retired from international cricket but has confirmed that he will continue to play Twenty20 cricket in South Africa and India.

A total of 24 matches will be held in its first season across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, and a bunch of International Cricket Council full-member nations have extended their support to the competition along with a number of Associate nations.

As an ambassador, de Villiers is expected to interact with the players, and he said he was excited “to be sharing my experience around some of the guys who want to become some of the best players in the world”.

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