ICC officially gave approval to Afghanistan Premium League. A month ago, Afghanistan Cricket Board approved the conduct of the league and sent a formal application to the ICC. The official announcement regarding the conduct of APL was released yesterday.
Confirming the news, ACB stated that “The correspondence received from ICC confirms the approval of the league by cricket’s global governing body. This would enable member boards to issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to players associated with the respective boards who may be included in the five different participating teams.”
ACB revealed about the plans of conducting the APL earlier this year. It is expected that the league may contain 40 foreign players in total playing for different franchises. The tournament will commence this October and will be played by 5 teams of respective franchises. The total number of 23 matches will be played in this tournament staged at the United Arab Emirates.
The Emirates Cricket Board approved to stage the APL in addition to the Emirates premier league this year in 2018-19. The second edition of Emirates T10 competition will be conducted at UAE from 23rd November.
The ACB declared that Kandahar, Paktia, Kabul, Nangarhar, and Balkh teams will participate in this tournament. The first season of APL will be conducted from 5th to 21st October in Sharjah Cricket Stadium. In addition to APL, the Shpageeza Cricket League will also take place this year. The APL will be played in UAE and Shpageeza Cricket League will be played in Afghanistan.
Australian cricket team is expected to tour UAE for two tests, five ODIs and a T20I against Pakistan in October. On account of Afghanistan Premier League in UAE, Pakistan needs to adjust for Abu Dhabi and Dubai for the series against Australia. The Pakistan Cricket Board is expected to work on series against Australia on account of the statement released by ICC.