South African batting maestro AB de Villiers will be one of the biggest names playing the Everest Premier League, Nepal’s top franchise Twenty20 cricket competition.
De Villiers, also called Mr 360 degree for his batting exploits, has agreed to join the tournament which is slated for September 26 to October 9 after it was postponed in 2020 due to Corona Virus pandemic.
“We are trying our best to bring top international cricketers for EPL to put Nepal in the frame of global cricket. We had tried to bring AB de Villiers previous season as well but he couldn’t be available. This edition he has agreed to be here. If nothing comes in between, he will be playing at the TU grounds for sure,” EPL Pvt Ltd Managing Director Aamir Akhtar told cricketingnepal.com.
It is not sure which franchise De Villiers will play for but his arrival to Nepal’s domestic cricket is confirmed for the time being. EPL has six franchises and last season Pokhara Rhinos made headlines announcing the arrival of Twenty20 cricket’s Universe Boss Chris Gayle.
“I think every franchise will run behind a player like AB de Villiers. We know other teams are also trying to get him like us. We are hoping to rope him into our franchise,” said Lalitpur Patriots owner Kishor Maharjan.
Bhairahawa Gladiators, Chitwan Tigers, Biratnagar Warriors and Kathmandu Kings XI are the other four franchises in the tournament which has been drawing international names from the second edition.