Afghanistan Premier League – The New Era of Growing Ranks of Afghan Cricket Potential
While there are many established names in the cricket fraternity for decades, few boasts of their own T20 cricket leagues. And Afghanistan can be proud of this giant step to the money-spinning, fans-drawing extravaganza that has the potential to take the Afghan cricket standards and popularity to a new level.
With the signing of the MoU in January 2018, it was about time that the schedule chart will follow. Slated to be held in October 2018 in UAE, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is excited to write a new chapter in their wondrous endeavors backed by their international team’s rise in the last few years.
APLT20 Set to Raise Standards of Cricket in Afghanistan
The timing of the league couldn’t have been better, with star players like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi growing their stature in the shortest format across the globe and drawing cricket fans’ and pundits’ attention to the potential the warn-torn country has to offer to this sport.
Especially Rashid Khan has become a potent force, even creating ripples across batting line-ups and inciting fears in the batsmen’s minds in Big Bash League and Indian Premier League. This team has already achieved star stature back home and inspired young kids to dream and achieve, for which this league will provide the right platform to grow playing alongside some of the world’s best.
Starting with 5 teams in the inaugural version the battle will take place with 23 matches for the coveted title. This marks Afghanistan’s move from their domestic T20 Shpageeza Cricket League to the international stage. UAE will play host to its second T20 league after hosting Pakistan Premier League (PPL) for the last few years. Amongst rising names from Afghanistan’s domestic and national circuit, there will be around 40 international signings who will be decided through customary player’s auction.