Of all the three formats of cricket being played, T20 has been the most lovable format across the globe. This is the format where batsmen apply and innovate themselves real-time on the field! Reverse sweep, Dil-scoop, helicopter, upper cut and many more shots will be put to display besides many innovations on the field!
The birth of T20 league took place in India and the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the first such tournament to be played in this shortest format. Looking at its grand success, many other cricket playing countries started their own domestic T20 leagues and very few have succeeded! Now the T20 league fever has reached Afghanistan who is starting their own domestic T20 league next month, Afghanistan Premier League (APL)!
The five franchises – representing the Afghanistan cities Paktia, Kabul, Balkh, Nangarhar and Kandahar – picked their squads in Dubai on Monday (Sep 10). Each of these five teams had to pick a squad between 17 and 20 players, with five overseas and one Associate player compulsorily in the squad.
The tournament is scheduled to be played from 05th October to 21st October between these five franchises. D Sport has got the broadcasting rights of Afghanistan premier League in India. Here is the list of squads of all the five franchises.
Balkh Squad: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 Skanikzai, Asadullah Matani, Samiullah Salarzai, Farhan Zakhil, Mohammad Nawaz, Darwish Rasooli.
Kabul Squad: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.
Kandahar Squad:Brendon McCullum, Wahab Riaz, Asghar Afghan, Paul Stirling, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Tymal Mills, Sam Billings, Iftkhar Ahmed, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadeq, Sayed Shirzad, Mohammad Naveed, Waqar, Abdul Baqi, Waheed Shafaq, Waqarullah Ishaq, Nazir Jamal.
Nangarhar Squad: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.
Paktia Squad: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.
** Image credits to ICC Cricket