ICC Give its Nod for Afghanistan Premier League (APL) Plans
With the preparation for the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League going full-on, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) received a boost as International Cricket Council (ICC) approved the franchise-based T20 cricket league.
This was quantified by the ACB through a release on their official website, stating that the approval from ICC" would enable member boards to issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to players associated with the respective boards who may be included in the five different participating teams".
This is set to transform the landscape of the cricket in Afghanistan, as the board is expecting to generate high revenue and a developmental platform for their young generation, which will pave the way to create a powerful Afghanistan figure in the cricket fraternity. The ICC’s approval means the board can expect to see a shot in the arm in the scale, reach and presence of star-players from across the globe for the league.
The APL will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in United Arab Emirates (UAE) between October 5, 2018 and October 21, 2018. Total of five franchises has been finalized for the inaugural season representing Afghan cities of Kabul, Kandahar, Paktia, Nangarhar and Balkh. The franchise ownership bidding process is underway and the ACB can expect to see increased interest from corporate giants and big names post the ICC’s approval.