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Asian Premier League - June 19 to July 4 - TU Cricket Ground - Nepal Storms

Ultimate Sports Management (USM), an Indian sports company revealed their plans to organise the first ever Asian Premier League (APL) T20 tournament. The flagship event will take place in Nepal in association with National Sports Council (NSC) at the TU Cricket Ground from June 19 to July 4. The tournament will feature six franchise teams from Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) studded with former and current international players. All the matches will be broadcast on Sony Six channel.

The tickets for the event go on sale on E-sewa 15th June onwards and are priced at Rs. 200 each. International Sporting Gear company Spartan, will be the gear partner for the tournament. It was initially planned to be held in Sharjah, UAE before deciding to shift it to Nepal. “We had decided to organize this tournament in Sharjah but we decided to shift it to Nepal given the cricket craze in this country,” said Chairman Mr. R.S. Dandiwal.


A total of 150 players have been drafted out of which 108 players will be selected by the team owners. The auction event is scheduled to take place at Hotel De’La Annapurna at 4 pm on 12th June. The players have been categorised into grades A, B and C with the base prices of Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. The auction will also include Nepali players. However, the organisers didn’t unveil the number of Nepali players to be kept in the auction.

Summary of the Teams

Afghanistan Bulls – The team will be captained by former Pakistani pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. 
Bangladesh Tigers – Al-Amin Hossain will lead the team.
Dubai Warriors – UAE international Abdul Shakoor will captain the team. 
Indian Stars –Innovator of the ‘Dil Scoop’, Tillakaratne Dilshan will be the captain of this side. 
Nepal Storms – UAE’s wicketkeeper-batsman Swapnil Patil will captain the team. 
Sri Lankan Lions – The Lions will be led by former Sri Lankan bowling allrounder Farveez Maharoof.



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