The Top stars of T20 Cricket picked in Afghan Premier League 2018
As much debate was being done, whether ICC should allow more T20 leagues or not? This debate won’t stop for now, as another league is going to hit the calendar year. This year we have two or three new T20 leagues added to the calendar year, Global League T20 Canada, Afghan Premier League & Emirates T20 League. After a partly successful start of GLT20 Canada, now it’s time for another league, I am talking about Afghan Premier League T20.
The Draft of the APLT20 held last day, when teams Paktia, Nangarhar, Balkh, Kandahara, & Kabul were picked their players. The first pick of the APLT20 was Pakistan’s top all-rounder Shahid Afridi followed by Andre Russell (Nangarhar), Chris Gayle (Balkh) and Brendon McCullum (Kandahar) were among the big names picked by franchises in the Afghanistan Premier League draft. Kabul picked their national superstar Rashid Khan as their icon player.
APLT20 picked 34 overseas players in the draft who are set to be part of the inaugural edition of the league. The tournament scheduled between 5 October and 23 October at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, UAE.
Players from England
Ravi Bopara, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan, Luke Wright, Laurie Evans, Tymal Mills
Players from New Zealand
Luke Ronchi, Colin Munro, Mitchell McClenaghan
Players from Australia
Ben Cutting, Ben Laughlin
Players from Pakistan
Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanveer, Mohammad Irfan, Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez
Players from South Africa
Colin Ingram, Wayne Parnell, Cameron Delport
Player from Sri Lanka
Players from Bangladesh
Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim
Player from Ireland
Players from the Associate nations
Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands)
Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal)
Mohammad Naveed (UAE)
Calum McLeod (Scotland)
Mohammad Shahzad (Paktia), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Nangarhar), Mohammad Nabi (Balkh) and Asghar Afghan (Kandahar) were also picked the teams respectively. Followed by other Afghan players, Karim Janat ( Kandahar), Javed Ahmadi (Kabul), Gulbadin Naib (Balkh), Najib Tarakai (Nangarhar), Samiullah Shinwari (Paktia), Najib Zadran ( Kandahar), Farid Malik (Kabul), Aftab Alam (Balkh), Shafiqullah Shafaq (Nangarhar), Sharafuddin Ashraf (Paktia )