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ILT20 2025 To Begin In January, Set To Clash With SA20, BBL And BPL

MI Emirates won this year's ILT20 trophy. (X)MI Emirates won this year's ILT20 trophy. (X)

The ILT20's third season is set to kick off on January 11 next year, according to an announcement made by organizers on May 10. Spanning over a month, the tournament will feature 34 matches, culminating in the final showdown on Feb. 9.

Following the resounding success of the second season, which witnessed T20 globetrotters like David Warner, Nicholas Pooran, and Andre Russell gracing the field, the upcoming edition is expected to attract even larger crowds.

The combined spectator count in season 2 soared by nearly 300 percent compared to the inaugural season due to the involvement of more overseas players like Warner, Sunil Narine and others.

ILT20 set to clash with other franchise leagues

However, amidst the anticipation for the third season, concerns loom regarding potential scheduling conflicts. The ILT20's timeline is expected to clash with other popular cricket leagues, namely the Big Bash League (BBL) and SA20. 

While the confirmed dates for these tournaments are yet to be revealed, the impending ICC Champions Trophy scheduled for February next year adds another layer of complexity for players participating across multiple leagues.

This scheduling dilemma poses a significant challenge for international players engaged in various global tournaments. Notably, the previous season witnessed a considerable exodus of star players from the BBL to join the ILT20. With the SA20 running concurrently, the overlap raises apprehensions among stakeholders of all three leagues.

Moreover, the BBL's expected duration until January 26 and the SA20's anticipated commencement shortly after the New Year's Test against Pakistan in Cape Town on January 7 further compound the scheduling conflicts. 

Additionally, the ILT20 may find itself overlapping with the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), adding another layer of complexity to an already crowded cricket calendar.