Afghanistan to hold cricket league in UAE

Web Desk: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday has allowed Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to hold Afghanistan Premier League (APL) in United Arab Emirates (UAE) this year.  

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According to details, UAE has agreed to support the league by hosting its matches in Sharjah.

The correspondence received from ICC has confirmed the approval of the league by cricket’s global governing body.

This would enable the ICC member countries to issue NOCs to players associated with the respective boards who may be included in the five different participating teams.

The first edition of the AFL would take place from October 5 to 21 this year at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

The five teams of Afghanistan, participating in the APL, are Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Balkh and Paktia.

The bidding process for franchise ownership of five participating teams is currently in progress and it is expected to be finalized in mid-August.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had earlier sought a written reply from Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) that the latter will not hold any Twenty20 league between October-March in order to protect commercial interests of Pakistan especially the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

However, the ECB confirmed that it would not host any league during a Pakistan bilateral series or the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Pakistan will host black caps this year in October where both teams will play three Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is. The final schedule for the matches has not released yet.

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