Finally, everything seems to be on track for the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League. All the teams got their players in the dressing rooms, and the practice is going on at high speed. Meanwhile, ahead of the start of the Afghanistan Premier League 2018, here is all you need to know about it.
Afghanistan Premier League to begin
The event will see five primary states in the country; Kabul, Kandahar, Nangarhar, Paktia and Balkh respectively, taking part. The Afghanistan Premier League 2018 is scheduled to start on October 5th at Sharjah, and on October 21st, the spectators will witness the grand finale of the tourney.
However, Kabul picked their international star, Rashid Khan as the iconic player, whereas, Paktia showed their love to Shahid Afridi by availing his services. Meanwhile, Chris Gayle will serve Balkh during his stint in APL 2018.
However, coming to Nangarhar and Kandahar teams, they named Andre Russell and Brendon McCullum as their icon players respectively.
In addition, apart from them, it will also feature international players. However, the list includes Chris Jordan, Thisara Perera, Luke Ronchi, Wayne Parnell, Colin Munro, Ravi Bopara, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Cutting and Wahab Riaz.
Here are the squads –
Paktia – Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Shahzad, Cameron Delport, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Samiullah Shinwari, Chris Jordan, Faheem Ashraf, Luke Wright, Amatullah Omerzai, Rahmanullah Garbaz, Zia Urhaman Akber, Calum Macleod, Tahir Adil, Yousaf Zazi, Fazal Zazai
Kabul – Rashid Khan, Luke Ronchi, Hazrat Zazai, Colin Ingram, Farid Malik, Javed Ahmadi, Sohail Tanvir, Laurie Evans, Wayne Parnell, Shahidullah, Muslim Musa, Afsar Khan Zazi, Muhammad Ashan Ali Khan, Zahir Shirzad, Fitrat Khawry, Usman Adil, Shawkat Zaman, Nasir Totakhil, Zamir Khan
Balkh – Chris Gayle, Colin Munro, Mohammad Nabi, Ravi Bopara, Aftab Alam, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Irfan, Ben Laughlin, Karman Akmal, Qais Ahmed, Usman Ghani, Ikrain Alikhil, Ryan ten Doeschate, Tariq Skanikai, Asadullah Matani, Samiullah Salarzai, Farhan Zakhil, Mohammad Nawaz, Darwish Rasooli.
Nangarhar – Andre Russell, Tamim Iqbal, Mujeeb Zadran, Ben Cutting, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Najibullah Taraki, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Hafeez, Rahmat Shah, Naveen Ul Haq, Zahir Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Fazal Haq, Imran Janat, Nasratullah Quarishi, Khyber Omar, Ibrahim Zadran, Faal Nazai.
Kandahar – Brendon McCullum, Wahab Riaz, Asghar Afghan, Paul Stirling, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Tymal Mills, Sam Billings, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadeq, Sayed Shirzad, Mohammad Naveed, Waqar, Abdul Baqi, Waheed Shafaq, Waqarullah Ishaq, Nazir Jamal
Pakistan – Ten Sports & GEO TV
India – DSport
Bangladesh – Channel 9
North Africa & Middle East – OSN Cricket
USA – Willow TV & ARY Digital Network
UK – Sony TEN 5 & ARY Digital Network