Balkh Legends win APL 2018 League
The first season of the Afghanistan Premier League was held in 2018 and Balkh Legends won the title by beating Kabul in the final. The fans watched some of their best cricketers feature in a home-grown Afghanistan Premier League T20 from October 5 to 21, 2018. Get all details around APL 2019 schedule, squads, tickets & live streaming options here. Click here to get Afghanistan Premier League 2019 live scores.
What Happened in APL 2018?
Balkh Legends beat Kabul Zwanan in the final to lift the APL trophy in the first season. This was thanks to a fine showing from Qais Ahmed and Chris Gayle, who combined with the ball and bat to help their side overcome Kabul.
Qais took five wickets in his four-over spell before Gayle hammered a half-century to ensure a victory by four wickets.
Earlier, the Afghanistan Premier League semi-final line-up was decided and Balkh Legends took on Nangarhar Leopards while Paktia Panthers played Kabul Zwanan.
This was after the Legends finished at the top of the points table with 12 points, winning six games from eight games. Paktia, Kabul and Nangarhar won five, four and three matches respectively with Kandahar bowing out of the competition with just two wins under their belt.
The second season of the league can be played in the UAE after all the matches of the first season were played at the Sharjah cricket stadium. The Afghanistan Premier League tickets for the first season were also available on q-tickets.com which is where the tickets for the second season can also be expected to be sold.
In the first season, there were five teams based out of the following provinces in Afghanistan – Kabul, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Balkh and Paktia. The league was played over 17 days with 23 matches in total. Each of these teams faced off against the other four twice. At the end of the league stage of the competition, each side had played eight times and the top four teams made it to the knock-out stage of the tournament. The Sharjah Stadium will also host the T10 League from November 23.
Afghanistan Premier League APL Schedule 2018
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|Date||Day||APL League Schedule||Time|
|05/10/2018||Friday||Kabul vs Paktia||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|06/10/2018||Saturday||Nangarhar vs Kandahar||5 PM PKT / 5:30 PM IST|
|06/10/2018||Saturday||Kabul vs Balkh||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|07/10/2018||Sunday||Paktia vs Nangarhar||5 PM PKT / 5:30 PM IST|
|07/10/2018||Sunday||Balkh vs Kandahar||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|09/10/2018||Tuesday||Kabul vs Nangarhar||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|10/10/2018||Wednesday||Paktia vs Balkh||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|11/10/2018||Thursday||Kandahar vs Kabul||5 PM PKT / 5:30 PM IST|
|11/10/2018||Thursday||Nangarhar vs Balkh||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|12/10/2018||Friday||Paktia vs Kandahar||5 PM PKT / 5:30 PM IST|
|12/10/2018||Friday||Kabul vs Nangarhar||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|13/10/2018||Saturday||Balkh vs Paktia||5 PM PKT / 5:30 PM IST|
|13/10/2018||Saturday||Kandahar vs Nangarhar||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|14/10/2018||Sunday||Kabul vs Balkh||5 PM PKT / 5:30 PM IST|
|14/10/2018||Sunday||Nangarhar vs Paktia||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|16/10/2018||Tuesday||Kabul vs Kandahar||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|17/10/2018||Wednesday||Nangarhar vs Balkh||5 PM PKT / 5:30 PM IST|
|17/10/2018||Wednesday||Kandahar vs Paktia||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|18/10/2018||Thursday||Kandahar vs Balkh||5 PM PKT / 5:30 PM IST|
|18/10/2018||Thursday||Kabul vs Paktia||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|19/10/2018||Friday||Nangarhar vs Balkh Semi Final 1||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|20/10/2018||Saturday||Kabul vs Paktia Semi Final 2||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
|21/10/2018||Sunday||Balkh vs Kabul Final||9 PM PKT / 9:30 PM IST|
Afghanistan Premier League Team Squads Players List
The APL T20 squads for 2018 were announced at the end of a player draft that took place on the 10th of September. Here are the squads for last year:
|Team||City||Team Squads for Afghanistan Premier League 2018|
|Balkh Legends||Mazar-i-Sharif||Mohammad Nabi (c), Aftab Alam, Asadullah Matani, Ben Laughlin, Chris Gayle, Colin Munro, Darwish Rasooli,Dilshan Munaweera, Farhan Zakhil, Gulbadin Naib, Ikram Ali Khil, Malcolm Waller, Mirwais Ashraf, Qais Ahmad, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate, Samiullah, Tariq Stanikzai, Usman Ghani|
|Kabul Zwanan||Kabul||Rashid Khan (c), Afsar Zazai, Ali Khan, Colin Ingram, Fareed Ahmad, Fitratullah Khawari, Hazratullah Zazai, Javed Ahmadi, Laurie Evans, Luke Ronchi, Muslim Musa, Nasir Totakhil, Nijat Masood, Shahidullah Kamal, Shawkat Zaman, Usman Adil, Wayne Parnell, Zahir Shehzad, Zamir Khan|
|Kandahar Knights||Kandahar||Asghar Afghan (c), Amir Hamza, Ashish Bagai, Brendon McCullum, Karim Janat, Karim Sadiq, Kevin O Brien, Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Naveed, Najibullah Zadran, Nasir Jamal, Paul Stirling, Sayed Shirzad, Soumya Sarkar, Taskin Ahmed, Tymal Mills, Waheedullah Shafaq, Waqar Salamkheil, Waqarullah Ishaq|
|Nangarhar Leopards||Jalalabad||Andre Russell, Andre Fletcher, Anton Devcich, Ben Cutting, Fazal Haque, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ibrahim Zadran, Imran Janat , Johnson Charles, Khaiber Omar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najeeb Tarakai, Nasratullah, Naveen-ul-Haq, Rahmat Shah, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Zahir Khan|
|Paktia Panthers||Khost, Loya Paktia||Mohammad Shahzad (c), Azmatullah Omarzai, Calum MacLeod, Cameron Delport, Fazal Rahman, Ihsanullah Janat, Isuru Udana, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Samiullah Shenwari, Shahid Afridi, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Sikandar Raza,Yamin Ahmadzai, Yousuf Zazai, Zia-ur-Rehman|
According to sources, all the top T20 cricketers from around the world, including Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Shahid Afridi among others will take part in the competition subject to availability.