Discovery’s sports channel DSport has announced the telecast of the inaugural edition of the Afghanistan Premier League to be played between October 5 and 21, 2018.
Afghanistan was given the rights to play test matches after playing top class international cricket last year, where they debuted against India. Afghanistan stands eighth in T20 ranking and has also qualified for the 2019 World Cup. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is all geared up with this league to provide a major platform for emerging players to showcase their talent and enter the world of competitive cricket.
Twenty-three T20 matches played over 17 days. The Twenty20 franchise-based tournament will witness five teams in its inaugural season having over 35 overseas players across 10 nations representing different teams and battling it out to emerge on the top. The launch of the Afghanistan Premier League will give a chance to some emerging players to play against and alongside the world’s best players.
Shafiqullah Stanikzai, CEO, Afghanistan Cricket Board, said, “We are delighted that the APL T20 will be carried to nearly 100 million homes in India through the Broadcast on DSport. We expect a keenly fought competition, which is sure to enthral the cricket loving viewers in India.”
Karan Bajaj, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, South Asia, Discovery Communications India, said, “We are excited to partner with Afghanistan Cricket Board to broadcast the inaugural edition of Afghanistan Cricket League in India. We expect huge traction for the league given the presence of super stars of cricket and the fact all the matches will be played at prime time in India.”
RC Venkateish, MD and CEO, Lex Sportel Vision, said, “We are delighted to partner with Afghanistan Cricket Board to produce this league and telecast it on DSport. We look forward to deepening our association with the young, enthusiastic Afghan cricket establishment not just for this tournament but for future tournaments as well.”