With cricket spreading across the country in terms of player numbers, coaches, umpires and grounds in recent years thanks to the increasing prominence and success of the national team, the Afghanistan Cricket Board will be holding their inaugural national cricket league later this year. “The league will be composed of the country’s top cricket players, including the widely recognized members of the Afghanistan national cricket team,” says the Board.

The event, the Afghanistan Premier League, to be played in Kabul and Jalalabad in September, will feature the five top provinces in a round-robin format. “It will be financially beneficial for local and national players and the local players will learn valuable skills from playing alongside our country’s national team members,” says the Afghanistan Cricket Board. The event will be televised live on domestic television. There have been previous provincial events played on a knock-out basis, this is the first 50-over national league event of its kind in Afghanistan to be played on fully-turfed grounds.

The national team’s next matches are the must-win Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship games against Kenya in October, followed by the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in November, both events in the UAE.

Afghanistan Cricket Profile

Filed September 4th, 2013