APL 2018

PCB made a big decision regarding Afghanistan Premier League

The first season of the Afghanistan Premier League will be held in 2018 as the top sides in the country come together along with some of the top players from around the world for this tournament.

The fans will now get to watch some of their best cricketers feature in a home-grown Afghanistan Premier League T20 starting from 5th to 21st October 2018.

The Afghanistan Premier League will be played in the UAE in the first season with Sharjah expected to be hosts for majority of the matches. In the first season, there will be five teams based out of the following provinces in Afghanistan – Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Balkh and Paktia.

The league will be played over 17 days with 23 matches in total. Each of these teams will face off against the other four twice. At the end of the league stage of the competition, each side would have played eight times and the top three or four teams will make it to the knock-out stage of the tournament.

While Afghanistan Premier League is about to start, The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided that only retired cricketers can participate in the upcoming season of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL).

According to sources, the PCB has informed in-action players with its decision, which allows only retired players to play in the APL whereas players currently playing domestic or international cricket will not be provided with a No Objection Certificate (NOC).

Former captain of the Pakistan cricket team Shahid Afridi is the only player who will be participating in this year’s APL after the decision by the cricketing board, sources added.

The decision means Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal and Iftikhar Ahmed will not be allowed be able to play.

In response to a question from media personnel present at the event, Mani said he was concerned about the T-10 league.

“No one knows about its administration or how it would be funded,” he stated. Nevertheless, he informed journalists that he would soon provide an update on the T-10 league.

Due to previous instances of match-fixing, the PCB chair said the Pakistani cricket players have to be “covered” ahead of such a league.

Mani also mentioned that in his upcoming meeting with the International Cricket Council (ICC) on October 20, he would extend an invitation to foreign teams to visit Pakistan.

The APL will start from October 5 till October 21.

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