Afghanistan Cricket Board launched domestic twenty20 league “Afghanistan Premier League (APL)” few days back to provide young players a platform on which they get chance to play together with international cricketers. Players draft for first season took place on 10th September 2018 and five teams pick players to compete in the tournament.
Top international players like Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Brendon McCullum and Andre Russell will be seen competing in APL T20 2018 for respective teams. At least 34 foreign players are set to rock Afghanistan Premier League’s inaugural edition.
Players from all over the world came into the players draft process for new t20 league and team owners chose cricketers from top playing nations as well. Pakistan (8), England (6), New Zealand (4), South Africa (3), Australia (2), Bangladesh (2), West Indies (2) and 1-1 player from each Sri Lanka and Ireland to feature in the first APLT20 season.
Five teams Balkh, Kabul, Kandahar, Nangarhar and Paktia to represent 5 Afghani cities in the competition.
APL 2018 Squads
Chris Gayle, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammed Nabi, Asadullah Matani, Ravi Bopara, Gulbadin Naib, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Ben Laughlin, Kamran Akmal, Qais Ahmad, Colin Munro, Ikram Ali Khil, Aftab Alam, Tariq Stanikzai, Samiullah Salarzai, Usman Ghani, Farhan Zakhil.
Rashid Khan, Sohail Tanveer, Shahidullah Kamal, Colin Ingram, Farid Malik, Javed Ahmadi, Luke Ronchi, Laurie Evans, Wayne Parnell, Afsar Zazai, Mohammad Ahsan Ali, Hazrat Zazai, Zahir Shirzad, Fitratullah Khawry, Usman Adil, Muslim Musa, Shawkat Zaman.
Brendon McCullum, Sam Billings, Paul Sterling, Najib Zadran, Mohammad Naveed, Karim Janat, Waqar Salamkhel, Wahab Riaz, Iftikhar Ahmad, Asghar Afghan, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq, Sayed Shirzad, Tymal Mills, Abdul Baqi, Waheedullah Shafaq, Waqarullah Ishaq
Andre Russell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Naveen Ul Haq, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, Rahmat Shah, Ben Cutting, Zahir Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Najib Tarakai, Fazal Haq, Imran Janat, Nasrat Qureshi, Khaybar Omar.
Shahid Afridi, Mohammed Shahzad, Luke Wright, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Samiullah Shinwari, Chris Jordan, Faheem Ashraf, Thisara Perera, Azmatullah Omarzai, Cameron Delport, Zia Ur Rehman Akbar, Calum MacLeod, Tahir Adil, Yosuf Zazai, Fazal Zazai, Zia ur Rahman Morkel, Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
The first season of Afghanistan Premier League T20 is scheduled to play between 5 and 23 October 2018.