Afghanistan Premier League given go-ahead by ICC

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved the staging of Afghanistan Premier League (APL) after an application by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) last month. This follows the sanctioning and support of the league by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).

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.

The first edition of Premier League is scheduled to take place from 5th – 21st October 2018 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE. The league consists of five teams: Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Balkh and Paktia.

The bidding process for franchise ownership of five participating teams is currently in progress and it is expected to be finalized in mid-August.