Afghanistan can’t host T20 league in India: BCCI
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has politely turned down Afghanistan Cricket Board’s request to host its own premier T20 league in India.
It is also very rare for BCCI to say ‘no’ to ACB’s request as it has contributed immensely to the resurgence of Afghanistan cricket.
“The ACB did request us to host its league in India but it would not be appropriate considering we have our own league (the IPL),” a BCCI official told PTI on Tuesday.
It is learnt that the ACB officials conveyed their request to the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim during their recent meeting in Mumbai on May 16.
ACB CEO Asadullah Khan had also asked for a third home ground in India after Dehradun and Greater Noida and BCCI has no issues with that. So, Lucknow is soon expected to be their third home ground in India.
“Since Dehradun doesn’t have a five-star hotel, hosting teams is an issue. We would prefer it to be Lucknow,” Khan had told PTI.
The inaugural Afghanistan Premier League (APL) was scheduled in Sharjah from October 5-21, 2018. Five teams participated in the competition with Mohammad Nabi-led Balkh Legend lifting the trophy.
The event also drew participation from popular foreign players like Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Ben Cutting, Shahid Afridi, Colin Ingram and Colin Munro.
India’s governing body is considering ACB’s request to permit 10 of its coaches to work with the support staff of leading Ranji Trophy teams during the domestic season
“It will be a great learning experience for our coaches as they will get to be with the best in the business,” said Khan.