In latest cricket news, Afghanistan have become the latest country to join the T20 bandwagon after it was announced earlier today that The inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League will be played later this year. Shukrullah Atif Mashal, the Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman confirmed earlier today that Afghanistan Premier League will be played in October 2018 after the ACB signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2018. The further good news on Afghanistan Premier League is that international stars like Chris Gayle and Shane Watson will play in the first-ever edition of Afghanistan Premier League.
Shane Watson and Chris Gayle to play in Afghanistan Premier League
Afghanistan Premier League received the timely boost it needed with the likes of Chris Gayle and Shane Watson have already agreed to play in the competition. Afghanistan Premier League Chris Gayle and Afghanistan Premier League Shane Watson participation was confirmed by ACB Chairman as well as the stylish wicketkeeper-batsman Mohd Shahzad who was delighted at the prospect of APL 2018 and is looking forward to seeing how it changes the fade of Afghanistan’s cricket.
Afghanistan players have received major plaudits in the last 12-18 months after players like Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, and Mohd Nabi have all become a household name in T20 cricket and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmon expects a similar impact from APL 2018 where young and talented Afghanistan cricketers get a platform to showcase their talent with APL 2018 bringing them on the global platform. Currently, Afghanistan play a limited amount of international cricket and only Rashid, Mujeeb, and Nabi get to play in T20 leagues around the world. However, with APL 2018 and Afghanistan Premier League Chris Gayle, Afghanistan Premier League Shane Watson taking part in the Afghanistan Premier League, we can expect the popularity of APL 2018 to go through the roofs overnight.
Commenting on Gayle and Watson playing in the APL 2018, Shukrullah Atif Mashal, the Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman said: “Their presence will raise the quality of the league from the Shpageeza Cricket League that we organise at home,” he said. “We are thankful to the overseas cricketers for helping Afghanistan cricket rise to the next level. We are grateful to our government for its support and encouragement. We believe we can provide our youth the platform to shine and move away from negative influences.”