The Afghanistan Premier League, shortened to the APL, is a T20 tournament that is organised by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB). Although it is an Afghanistan cricket competition, it actually takes place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to security issues in Afghanistan. It is scheduled to take place in October of each year. More information about this competition can be located below.
When Was the First Afghanistan Premier League?
In 2018, the ACB announced that the International Cricket Council had approved their plans for a new T20 franchise tournament. They could see the huge success that other similar competitions were having around the world and wanted a slice of the pie too. The very first edition of this tournament took place later that year between the 5th and the 21st October.
The second edition of this tournament was due to happen in October 2019, but it was recently announced that the competition was being put on hold until 2020 due to money issues.
On the 14th October 2018, the Balkh Legends scored 244 runs from their 20 overs, which was the highest score in the tournament.
Mohammad Shazad topped the runscorer list thanks to the 344 runs that he scored in 9 innings.
Hazratullah Zazai scored 124 runs from 55 balls, which was the best score by any batsman.
Chris Gayle and Mohammad Shazad sit at the top of the table when it comes to most sixes hit. They have 27 sixes each, although Gayle scored his in two fewer innings.
Isuru Udana took 17 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 14.41, which was the best from any bowler.
Qais Ahmed tops the table of best bowling figures in a match. On the 21st October, 2018, he took 5 wickets for just 18 runs.
These Are the Teams the Compete in the Afghan Premier League
Five teams compete in the APL. The table below reveals all the information that you need to know about each one.
|Mazar-i-Sharif||Mohammad Nabi||Simon Helmot|
|Kabul||Rashid Khan||Heath Streak|
Moreli Sports FZC
|Kandahar||Asghar Afghan||Kabir Ali|
|Jalalabad||Ben Cutting||Venkatesh Prasad|
Plus Capital Ltd.
Paktia Super Kings
|Khost, Loya Paktia||Mohammad Shahzad||Dawlat Ahmadzai|
Is a Draft or Auction Used for Player Acquisition?
T20 leagues around the world make use of a draft system or an auction when it comes to giving team owners the opportunity to purchase players for their squads. The APL decided that a draft system is better than an auction. With this type of system, those players that want to play simply need to register themselves and, if they are deemed eligible, they will be included in the draft pot.
Each team involved in the tournament then gets a turn to choose and purchase the players that they want.
While most other T20 leagues have squad size limits, it doesn’t seem that any were in place for the inaugural edition of this competition. This could very well change in the future.
What Format Does This Cricket League Use?
The five teams are put into one group and play each other team twice. At the end of the group stage, the top four teams will advance to the semi-finals. The team that comes first plays those who finish fourth, and those who come third will play against those who come second. The two winners of these games will compete for the trophy in the final.
Who Has Lifted the Cup?
There has only been one winner as there has only been one edition of this tournament. Despite this, we have still provided a table below to show you who won, who were the runners-up, and what the margin of victory was. This table will be updated when more editions have been played.
Margin of Victory
|2018 – Balkh Legends||Kabul Zwanan|
Before Betting, Read Some of Our Match Prognostics
Anyone can place a bet on something that they don’t know much about and get a lucky win, but you cannot always keep relying on luck as it will eventually run out. It always does.
Therefore, we recommend that you do some research and check out our match prognostics before you place a bet on any future matches that take place in this league. At the end of the day, our main aim is to help you win more and we will always do our best to help you achieve this.