T20 Cricket Stars to feature in the Inaugural Afghanistan Premier League (APLT20)
Key Players include Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Rashid Khan, Brendon McCullum and Tamim Iqbal, ICC’s Youngest Full Member T20 League In The World Announces Draft System,
Dubai, 27 August 2018 : Afghanistan Cricket Board and Snixer Sports has announced the launch of the inaugural season of Afghanistan Premium League T20 (APLT20) in Dubai today, after receiving its sanction to initiate Afghanistan’s franchise-based T20 league. Today they have unveiled the league logo, followed by the official launch, participating teams and their owners announcement. The youngest T20 league in the world has also announced a draft system to pick players for the teams. The drafting will take place in the 1st week of September 2018 in Dubai.
The Afghanistan T20 Premier League (APL) will have five teams, namely Kabul, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Paktia and Balkh, representing five regions of the country.. The first season of the league is scheduled to take place from 5th – 23rd October 2018 consisting of 23 matches. All the matches will be staged in Sharjah and ACB has already received endorsement from the Emirates Cricket Board to stage the league at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE.
While making the announcement Mr Shafiqullah Stanikzai, CEO, Afghanistan Cricket Board said “The Afghanistan Cricket Board has achieved in its short stint not only the Full Member status of ICC (International Cricket Council) as well as Test status. We are delighted that today we witness the launch of our own league which will provide global fans and audience an opportunity to watch competitive cricket both at the stadium and on their TV screens worldwide.”
Mr Stanikzai continued “APL is envisioned to become a leading platform for local and international players to showcase their talent, provide a landscape for the development of coaching and playing infrastructures, mentor emerging cricketers, engage with fans all over the world, and provide lucrative opportunities for brands and businesses to connect with the global market.”
Mr Ashish Sethi, CEO Snixer Sports, investment partner for APL said “We already have registrations from key international players who already have a reputation in the T20 format. This include Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Rashid Khan, Brendon McCullum, Misbah ul Haq, Kumar Sangakara, Thisara Perera, Imran Tahir and Tamim Iqbal. ACB has already produced great cricketing stars like Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, Mohammad Nabi and with the APL T20 we look forward to creating a platform for cricketing stars to showcase their talent.”
APL would be the second T20 league by ACB besides its domestic Shpageeza Cricket League that has already seen immense popularity both in the country and beyond.
About Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB)
The establishment of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) was approved by a presidential decree on 2nd June 2009 to look into key areas of administrative development and reform; cricket development; infrastructure development; and financial sustainability and growth. The aim for the foundation was to bring it on par with prevalent practices in other countries. ACB developed its five-year strategic plan in 2011 followed by the current strategic plan that is due for renewal in 2019.
The increased independence as a result of its recognition as an independent governing body allowed ACB to adopt good governance practices to ensure that key relevant results are delivered in terms of accountability, responsibility, transparency and solidarity. Its parent body The Afghanistan Cricket Federation (ACB) was granted affiliate membership by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001. For further details please visit http://www.cricket.af
Snixer Sports was established by a group of cricket enthusiasts offering front-line sports management services. Its services include organizing local events to managing entire international-level tournaments, not to mention managing sports personalities, sports marketing solutions, for a cricket event. Snixer was previously known as Expert Eventers. The company since its establishment has garnered reliable partnership with its clients Every event is organized with a tailored approach, combining the ultra-modern infrastructural excellence with our innovative approach. For further details please visit http://www.snixersports.com.