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Afghanistan Premier League to be held in Oct

ANI  |  Kabul [Afghanistan] 

have joined the long list of countries hosting their own T20 competition, with their country's board announcing the launch of the League (APL).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed on Thursday and now the first edition of the league is all set to take place at the (UAE) in October this year.

Reflecting on the same, chief executive said that five teams, including 80 and 20 foreign cricketers, will play a total of 23 matches in the first-ever

"There will be a total of 23 matches between five teams. The league will take place in the UAE, but we haven't yet decided on which cities will play host to the league. But now we have got official approval from the Emirates Board, and we'd like to thank them for that," ESPNcricinfo quoted Stanikzai, as saying.

Stanikzai further revealed that the auction to purchase the five teams would be held in March, which will be followed by a draft.

"The T20 will be played on a broader scale, both financially and coverage wise.Our strategic objective is to bring this league into the top three T20 leagues in the world," he added.

Stanikzai, however, confirmed that Shpageeza League-Afghanistan's domestic T20 league-would continue to be played.

"Shapageeza is a domestic T20 league, and the T20 is to be played on top of it. The will be played this year, tentatively in June," he concluded.

It should be noted that this will be the second major competition that will be hosted by the UAE, potentially on an annual basis. Earlier, both season of the (PSL) was played in the

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 13:30 IST