Desert Vipers retain Azam Khan, Mohammad Amir for ILT20 2025

Franchise have not retained Shadab Khan and Shaheen Afridi, who were part of the Vipers in season two

By Web Desk
June 21, 2024
Third season of ILT20 is scheduled to be played from January 11 to February 9, 2025. - ILT20

Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir and wicketkeeper-batter Azam Khan have been retained by the Desert Vipers for ILT20 2025.

Meanwhile, the franchise have not retained Shadab Khan and Shaheen Afridi, who were part of the Vipers in season two.

Other notable retentions are Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Nicholas Pooran and David Warner.

Captain Pooran, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Kieron Pollard, and Fazalhaq Farooqi are also among the retained players for defending champions MI Emirates.

Trent Boult, who was part of the Emirates last season, has not been retained. Captain Narine and Russell are among the 11 players retained by the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, along with David Willey, Charith Asalanka, and USA's Ali Khan and Andries Gous. Imad Wasim has not been retained.

Aside from Captain Warner, the Dubai Capitals have retained notable players such as Rovman Powell, Sam Billings, and Jake Fraser-McGurk. England's Joe Root and Mark Wood, who were part of the squad last year, have been left out.

Shimron Hetmyer headlines the Gulf Giants' retention list, along with Captain James Vince. USA's Saurabh Netravalkar and Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rehman have not been included. The likes of Kusal Mendis, Captain Tom Kohler-Cadmore, and Johnson Charles are among the eight players retained by the Sharjah Warriors.

Each franchise has also retained two UAE players, with no limit on the retention of international players. Teams can now sign new players in the ongoing player acquisition window, which will remain open until 15 September. The franchises will also need to complete their quota of four UAE signings after the completion of the ILT20 development tournament, which will be held in October.

The third season of the ILT20 is scheduled to be played from January 11 to February 9, 2025 in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah.

ILT20 retention list

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders: Aditya Shetty, Ali Khan, Alishan Sharafu, Andre Russell, Andries Gous, Charith Asalanka, David Willey, Joe Clarke, Laurie Evans, Micheal Pepper and Sunil Narine.

Desert Vipers: Adam Hose, Alex Hales, Ali Naseer, Azam Khan, Bas de Leede, Luke Wood, Micheal Jones, Mohammad Amir, Nathan Sowter, Sherfane Rutherford, Tanish Suri and Wanindu Hasaranga.

Dubai Capitals: Dasun Shanaka, David Warner, Dushmantha Chameera, Haider Ali, Raja Akif, Rovman Powell, Sam Billings, Sikandar Raza, Zahir Khan, Jake Fraser McGurk and Oliver Stone.

Gulf Giants: Aayan Afzal Khan, Blessing Muzarabani, Chris Jordan, Dipendra Singh Airee, Gerhard Erasmus, Jamie Overton, James Vince, Jamie Smith, Jordan Cox, Mohammad Zohaib Zubair, Rehan Ahmed, Richard Gleeson and Shimron Hetmyer.

MI Emirates: Akeal Hosein, Andre Fletcher, Daniel Mousley, Dwayne Bravo, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Jordan Thompson, Kieron Pollard, Kusal Perera, Muhammad Rohid Khan, Muhammad Waseem, Nicholas Pooran, Nosthush Kenjige, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth and Waqar Salamkheil.

Sharjah Warriors: Dilshan Madushanka, Johnson Charles, Junaid Siddique, Muhamad Jawadullah, Kusal Mendis, Luke Wells, Peter Hatzoglou and Tom Kohler-Cadmore.