Excited, Pumped and Uplifted – Afghan Cricket Fraternity On Afghanistan Premier League
Afghanistan cricket community is witnessing feelings of joy and adventure, which they have been able to rejoice about in their war-torn country for years, for the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League (APL), slated to be staged just 3 months away, in October 2018.
From board personnel to players, to fans all, are excited to be a part of this new chapter in the Afghan cricket history, which they believe will help to further grow their stature, build its talent pool and draw attention, financial and economic gain.
Star Afghan players like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, who have proved their mettle in two of the most popular T20 leagues in the world, Big Bash and Indian Premier League are all excited and delighted with representing Afghanistan’s own identity on the big, fortune-turning T20 extravaganza. What Big and Bash and IPL have done to their careers and their growing popularity and competitiveness, they believe that APL will be able to provide that platform to many more coming up the ranks in Afghan cricket circle and youngsters looking to put their name on the fame wall.
Apart from these two-star players, the other Afghan-international representatives have also expressed how proud they feel about the recent developments made by Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and also articulated that it will be a grand event that they are waiting to become a part of.
The other notable names in the Afghanistan cricket circle also voiced their opinion and joy following the signing of the MoU with SnixerSports for the premier league organization.
ACB chairman, Atif Mashal, had this to say, “It is indeed a proud moment for Afghanistan Cricket Board and a milestone for Afghan cricket as Afghanistan is now able to have an international league of its own,”
He further added, “Afghanistan (T20) Premier League will provide a valuable opportunity for Afghan players to play alongside major names in international cricket, which will not only enable Afghan players to benefit from the league financially, but it will also add as another revenue generating stream for the cricket board,"
The ACB CEO Shafiqullah Stanikzai talked about the recent achievements and looked for future of APL, stating “While 2017 was truly a special and historic year for Afghan cricket, we have started 2018 on a high note as we launch Afghanistan (T20) Premier League – it is a dream come true for us,”
The sports management company Snixer Sports also feeling proud to become a part of the Afghanistan cricket’s history-making venture, and its CEO Ashish Sethi had said: “The inaugural edition of the cricket league will feature five franchises that will play 23 matches over a three-week period. All matches of the league will be played in UAE and televised live on popular TV channels.”