ACB plan to relaunch APL in December
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) are looking to make a return of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) in December-January. The tournament was postponed after the inaugural edition.
Afghanistan has been gradually rising in international cricket especially in the shortest format of the game. They also introduced franchise-based T20 tournament called APL in order to grow more players in this format.
However, the league’s future was in major doubt after the 2019 edition of the tournamentwas postponed due to funding problems as the company that acquired the right to host the tournament missed scheduled payments for the first edition and had been removed from their position as organizer by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB).
After sorting out all the problems, ACB’s interim chief executive Nazim Zar Abdulrahimzai has informed that they are planning to relaunch the tournament this December.
“We are looking forward to launch it[ APL] in late December or first January. We are looking to have the franchises and we will have the franchises we will be pulling carpet that we can do it and we are trying that.”
“We have a meeting with them in the coming few days and after that we will be able to inform everyone about the tentative dates but we are hopeful to host it in the coming days,” he said adding that they are expecting to host it in UAE,” he said.
In the inaugural edition of APL in 2018, five teams took part in the tournament in UAE where Balkh Legends were crowned champions.