DP World ILT20 season 3 live b'cast on ZEE chnls, ZEE5

DP World ILT20

Season 3 of the DP World International League T20 (ILT20) will begin from Saturday, 11 January 2025, it was announced Tuesday. The 34-match tournament will run for a month with the final to be played on Sunday, 9 February 2025.

Per an official release, season 2 of ILT20 was the second most-watched T20 cricket league globally, with a total of 348 million unique viewers from around the world. 

Cricket fans and sports enthusiasts in India and around the world can exclusively watch the LIVE action on ZEE’s linear TV channels, OTT platform ZEE5 and on its syndicate partners’ TV and digital networks across the world.

The Season 3 announcement comes at the back of a successful Season 2 (2024) which concluded with the MI Emirates lifting the DP World ILT20 trophy played at Dubai International Stadium on 17 February.

The 34-match event will be played at the three UAE cricket venues - Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Fans can watch this event on ZEE’s widely distributed linear TV channels and on its OTT platform ZEE5.

The franchise-style tournament's six teams teams include Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (Kolkata Knight Riders), Desert Vipers (Lancer Capital), Dubai Capitals (GMR), Gulf Giants (Adani Sportsline), MI Emirates (Reliance Industries), and Sharjah Warriors (Capri Global).

Prominent cricket stars that played in Season 2 include David Warner, Nicholas Pooran, Matheesha Pathirana, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Sam Billings, David Willey, Sunil Narine, Tim David, Andre Russell, Alex Hales, Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, James Vince, Ambati Rayudu, Corey Anderson, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, Chris Woakes and Martin Guptill.

The distribution and disruptive marketing strategy for the third season aims to further enhance the league's reach and ensure widespread viewership,
emphasizing ILT20’s appeal to a broad and diverse audience. Per the release, in the previous season, the league achieved a reach of over 221 million across India. 

The event will be broadcast in Hindi and English commentary. ZEE5 will offer Live free-to-view streaming of the 34 cricket matches, aimed at bolstering cricket viewership in the Indian subcontinent and beyond. This move represents a commitment to making cricket more accessible to a wider audience, thereby
democratizing the experience of sports viewing in the region.

Ashish Sehgal, chief growth officer – ad sales, ZEE, noted: “ZEE is delighted to present DP World ILT20 3rd season and promises an electrifying experience to cricket fans in India and around the world. With the world's finest players, iconic stadiums, and infrastructure and six leading sporting franchises, our goal is to build upon the previous year's success, further solidifying the league's stature as one of the most-widely followed cricket events in
the world. In our pursuit to grow the market, we are continuously exploring innovative ways to enhance the fan experience, making it more interactive, immersive, and engaging. We are collaborating with cutting-edge technologies and creating new avenues for cricket enthusiasts to connect with the sport. As we embark on this exciting new season, our goal is to ensure that this truly-global league becomes more accessible to viewers worldwide.”

DP World ILT20 CEO David White added: “We are delighted to confirm the window for DP World International League T20 Season 3. The window has been finalised after discussions with our stakeholders. We have begun our preparations for Season 3 with an aim of making the league even bigger and better.

“Season 2 was a massive success in terms of all relevant metrics’ and helped further strengthen the league’s reputation, making it one of the most sought after T20 leagues for players, fans and broadcasters from around the world. Having considered all aspects, the January-February window for Season 3 has turned out to be the most suitable.”