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Afghanistan Premier League Predictions

Afghanistan Premier League starts from 5th October and will be held in UAE. ICC had approved the plans for this tournament in August 2018. A good number of international stars will be seen playing alongside young Afghanistan players in this T20 tournament.

APL 2018 Venues

Where is the Afghanistan Premier League 2018 taking place? All the T20 matches in the Afghanistan Premier League will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah in UAE.

Afghanistan Premier League 2018 Predictions

Participating Teams in APL 2018

A total of 5 teams will be participating in the inaugural edition of APL. The teams participating in APL are –

  • Balkh Legends
  • Kabul Zwanan
  • Kandahar Knights
  • Nangarhar Leopards
  • Paktia Panthers

The teams are named after the Afghanistan cities of Mazar-i-Sharif, Kabul, Kandahar, Jalalabad, and Khost,Loya Paktia respectively.

Balkh Legends

Balkh Legends will be led by Mohammad Nabi. The team has 7 overseas players in the squad including Chris Gayle, Colin Munro, Ben Laughlin, Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara, Dilshan Munaweera and Malcolm Waller.

Simon Helmot will be the coach for Balkh Legends.

Kabul Zwanan

Rashid Khan will be leading the Kabul Zwanan team in the Afghanistan Premier league. The overseas players in this team include Sohail Tanvir, Wayne Parnell, Luke Ronchi, Colin Ingram, and Laurie Evans.

Heath Streak, the former Zimbabwe all-rounder will be coaching the Kabul Zwanan team in APL 2018.

Kandarhar Knights

Asghar Afghan who leads the Afghanistan team in the international matches will be leading the Kandarhar Knights. Former English cricketer, Kabir Ali is the coach for the team. Some of the overseas players in the Kandarhar Knights include iconic NewZealand player Brendon McCullum, Sam Billings, Wahab Riaz, Tymal Mills and Paul Sterling.

Nangarhar Leopards

Ben Cutting is interim captain of Nangarhar Leopards. Iconic player from West Indies Andre Russel will be seen playing for Nangarhar Leopards in this APL inaugural season. Other overseas players include Mushfiqur Rahim, Mitchell McClenaghan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tamim Iqbal.

Venkatesh Prasad, the former Indian right-arm-medium-fast bowler is the coach for Nangarhar Leopards.

Patkia Panthers

Mohammad Shahzad the Afghanistan wicket-keeper batsman who scored a hundred against India in Asia Cup 2018 is the captain of Patkia Panthers. The team’s head coach is Dawlat Ahmadzai.

Popularly known as Boom Boom Afridi, Shahid Afridi is in the squad. Other overseas players include Luke Wright, Chris Jordan, Thisara Perera.

APL 2018 Schedule

Afghanistan Premier League 2018 Dates Schedule

The Afghanistan Premier League starts Friday 5th October 2018, and the first T20 of this tournament will be played between Kabul Zwanan and Paktia Panthers.

A total of 23 matches will be played between 5th October and 21st October 2018, the final being scheduled to be played on 21st October 2018.

The 1st Semi Final will be played on Friday, 19th October 2018, and the 2nd Semi Final will be played the next day, i.e. 20th October 2018.

Here is how the rest of the matches are scheduled –

After the 1st match on 5th October, there are 2 matches scheduled on 6th and 7th October each.

There will be no match on 8th October 2018 followed by one T20 on 9th and 10th October each.

Then there will be 2 matches each on 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th October 2018. One T20 is scheduled for 16th October and 2 matches each for 17th and 18th October 2018.

Afghanistan Premier League 2018 Preview

The international starts that have been drafted in the team squads are T20 specialists and have performed exceptionally well in T20 leagues like IPL, Carribean Premier League and other T20 leagues.

May it be Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, Ravi Bopara, Luke Ronchi, Andre Russel, they are all big hitters and the audience is guaranteed to witness high voltage cricket action and entertainment.

That is also good news for bettors as these players in the teams that are led by Afghanistan players like Mohammad Shahzad, Rashid Khan make it a great opportunity to win great returns.

The odds in the betting markets for these T20 matches are expected to offer great returns. Players like Russel, Rashid Khan, Brendon McCullum are known to be game changers, finishers, and if they continue to play their natural game in this league, there is a huge opportunity in live betting to win high returns.