Smit out for six months
It's not all good news, though, with 27-year-old JJ Smit revealing to Sport Wrap that he withdrew from the tournament because of an injury to his left knee.
“I hurt my left knee a few years ago and have been playing with the injury ever since. It is serious and I’m going to be on the sidelines for about six months,” he said.
The ILT20 will see several of the world's leading players competing in six teams over the next month.
Even though Smit will not be featuring, cricket fans can, however, still expect to see other Namibian players such as Eagles captain Gerhard Erasmus and David Wiese featuring in the inaugural league. Both are signed to Gulf Giants.
Meanwhile, left-arm pace bowler Ruben Trumpelmann will represent club Desert Vipers.
In the first match of the league, Dubai Capitals won by 73 runs against Abu Dhabi Knight Riders.
Gulf Giants were scheduled to face Abu Dhabi Knight Riders at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in the third match of the league before going to print, while in the fourth match, Desert Vipers were set to face Sharjah Warriors at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The main objective of the league is to provide the opportunity to the native developing UAE players to take their game to the next level while playing with world-class players. The league is expected to conclude on 13 February.