The much awaited APL Players’ draft was successfully completed in a ceremony held in Dubai as many high profile Afghan and overseas players were bought by the five franchises – Paktia, Balkh, Nangarhar, Kabul and Kandahar - for the inaugural edition of Afghanistan Premier League.
Some of the names in the game who were picked in the draft included internationally renowned players like Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, Andre Russel and Brendon McCullum who were joined by Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan in the Icons category that carried the highest value. The other categories included Diamond, Gold, Silver, ICC Associate nations and Emerging Players category.
The price for an overseas player was 75000 USD in the Diamond Category, 50000 USD in the Gold Category and 30000 USD in the Silver category. While for Afghan players were valued at 60000 USD, 40000 USD and 20000 USD in the respective categories. Furthermore, the price for the players from ICC Associate nations was set at 15000 USD while the Emerging players category was valued at 10000 USD per player.
Here are the squads:
Shahid Afridi (icon), Thisara Perera, Mohammad Shahzad, Cameron Delport, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Samiullah Shinwari, Chris Jordan, Faheem Ashraf, Luke Wright, Azmatullah Omerzai, Rahmanullah Garbaz, Zia Ur Rahman Akbar, Calum Macleod, Tahir Adil, Yousaf Zazi, Fazal Zazai
Rashid Khan (icon), Luke Ronchi, Hazrat Zazai, Colin Ingram, Farid Malik, Javed Ahmadi, Sohail Tanvir, Laurie Evans, Wayne Parnell, Shahidullah, Muslim Musa, Afsar Khan Zazai, Muhammad Ahsan Ali Khan, Zahir Shirzad, Fitrat Khawry, Usman Adil, Shawkat Zaman, Nasir Totakhil, Zamir Khan
Chris Gayle (icon), Colin Munro, Mohammad Nabi, Ravi Bopara, Aftab Alam, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Irfan, Ben Laughlin, Kamran Akmal, Qais Ahmed, Usman Ghani, Ikram Alikhil, Ryan ten Doeschate, Tariq Skanikzai, Asadullah Matani, Samiullah Salarzai, Farhan Zakhil, Mohammad Nawaz, Darwish Rasooli
Andre Russell (icon), Tamim Iqbal, Mujeeb ur Rahman Zadran, Ben Cutting, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Najibullah Taraki, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Hafeez, Rahmat Shah, Naveen Ul Haq, Zahir Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Fazal Haq, Imran Janat, Nasratullah Quarishi, Khyber Omar, Ibrahim Zadran, Fazal Niazai
Brendon McCullum (icon), Wahab Riaz, Asghar Afghan, Paul Stirling, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Tymal Mills, Sam Billings, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadeq, Sayed Shirzad, Mohammad Naveed, Waqar, Abdul Baqi, Waheed Shafaq, Waqarullah Ishaq, Nasir Jamal
Afghanistan Premier League will be played from 5th – 21st October at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE and the tournament will consist of 23 matches in total.