After announcing the launch of the Afghanistan Premier League by Afghanistan cricket board, Afghanistan is set to join the list of countries that have a T20 competition of their own. The first edition of APL is set to be fired in October 2018 after the signing of tournament’s MOU with Snixer Sports.
As confirmed by ACB chief executive Shafiq Stanikzai “The league will take place in the UAE, but we haven’t yet decided on which cities will play host to the league. But now we have got official approval from the Emirates Cricket Board, and we’d like to thank them for that.”
He also confirmed that the Auction for the series players would be held in March. After seeing the interest expressed by the cricketers to be a part of series it could be forecasted that this league would attract huge international presence that other T20 competition held so far.
The vision for Stanikazai is to get the APL T20 listed in top three T20 leagues in the world. Keeping this in mind strategies are prepared on a broader parameter.
The APL T20 league is scheduled in October 2018, considering the last year T20 calendar as there was no T20 series held in the month of June and October. Crossing fingers for the non-clashing of date with the Caribbean Premier League and the Bangladesh Premier League which last year happened in September and November.
Stanikzai also confirmed that Shpageeza Cricket League is tentatively scheduled in June and the APL T20 would be played on top of it.
ACB Chairman Atif Mashal says that there is an enormous potential involved in T20 competitions. The Afghanistan T20 Premiere league with provide a platform for Afghan players to play with some big names of international cricket.
After Pakistan Super League this will be the 2nd major T20 competition which will be hosted UAE.