SOMERSET all-rounder, Craig Overton is about to take part in the UAE's new competition the International League T20 competition.

The tournament will be played in the UAE and gets underway on Friday with the final due to take place on February 12.

Craig is one of several Somerset players who have been selected for white-ball tournaments this winter, and we spoke to him earlier today to discuss his first ever franchise tournament.

“It’s something that I’ve been keen to do,” he told Somerset

“The opportunities that I was having with England have meant that I’ve not really been available for tournaments like this. When I knew that I probably wasn’t going to be going to New Zealand, I wanted to take the chance to be involved in one of these competitions, and I’m grateful that I’ve been given this opportunity."

Craig is joined at MI Emirates by Tom Lammonby and Will Smeed, whilst several other Somerset players are involved in overseas white-ball cricket this winter.

He also looked ahead to the 2023 season.

“Last year was a disappointing one for us with the red-ball. We had a tough start to the season, but I feel like we picked things up and played some decent cricket towards the end of the year. I think we’re probably a bit inconsistent, but all the boys are another year older and have a bit more experience. Hopefully, we can start well, and then who knows what could happen.

“I don’t really set myself personal goals at the start of the season. I just want to be winning games of cricket for Somerset, that’s the main thing. I just take things game by game and do everything I can to help us win.

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