The inaugural Afghanistan Premier League
Indian Premier League, Vitality T20 Blast, Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League, Global T20 League Canada and now one more franchise T20 league is about to take the centre stage called the Afghanistan Premier League which will commence from 5th October and the final will take place on 21st October 2018.
The tournament consists of five teams namely Balkh Legends, Paktia Panthers, Kabul Zwanan, Kandahar Kings, Nangarhar Leopards.
Here are the squads
Balkh Legends: Mohammad Nabi(c), Qais Ahmed, Aftab Alam, Usman Ghani, Ikram Ali Khil, Mirwais Ashraf, Darwish Rasooli, Gulbadin Naib, Asadullah Matani, Samiullah Salarzai, Tariq Skanikzai, Farhan Zakhil.
Overseas Picks: Chris Gayle, Colin Munro, Malcolm Waller, Ben Laughlin, Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara, Dilshan Munaweera.
Kabul Zwanan: Rashid Khan(c), Fitrat Khawry, Hazrat Zazai, Shahidullah, Afsar Khan Zazi, Zahir Shirzad, Javed Ahmadi, Shawkat Zaman, Nasir Totakhil, Zamir Khan, Farid Malik, Usman Adil, Muslim Musa.
Overseas Picks: Luke Ronchi, Colin Ingram, Sohail Tanvir, Laurie Evans, Wayne Parnell, Muhammad Ashan Ali Khan.
Nangarhar Leopards: Mujeeb Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Fazal Haq, Naveen Ul Haq, Fazal Niazai, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Ibrahim Zadran, Zahir Khan, Najibullah Tarakai, Imran Janat, Nasratullah Quarishi, Khyber Omar.
Overseas Picks: Ben Cutting, Andre Russell, Tamim Iqbal, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Anton Devcich, Sandeep Lamichhane.
Kandahar Knights: Asghar Afghan(c), Najibullah Zadran, Sayed Shirzad, Karim Janat, Iftkhar Ahmed, Hamza Hotak, Nazir Jamal, Waqarullah Ishaq, Karim Sadeq, Waqar, Abdul Baqi, Waheed Shafaq.
Overseas Picks: Brendon McCullum, Soumya Sarkar, Paul Stirling, Tymal Mills, Sam Billings, Mohammad Naveed, Kevin O’Brien.
Paktia Panthers: Mohammad Shahzad(c), Samiullah Shinwari, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rahmanullah Garbaz, Zia Urhaman Akber, Amatullah Omerzai, Fazal Zazai, Tahir Adil, Yousaf Zazi.
Overseas Picks: Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Cameron Delport, Chris Jordan, Faheem Ashraf, Sikandar Raza, Luke Wright, Calum Macleod.
Note: Barring Shahid Afridi, all the other Pakistani players who were a part of this edition of APL will not feature now as the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) has not issued the No-objection certificate (NOC) for its players.