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APL gets four Nepali cricketers sold

Four Nepali cricketers were sold as Ultimate Sports Management held the Asian Premier League Twenty20 auction in Kathmandu on Monday with big names of Nepali cricket missing.

Amidst the auction, Bhupendra Thapa, Siddhant Raj Shahi, Amar Singh Routela and Rajbir Singh were sold. All the cricketers were sold to Nepal Storm, which according to the organizers, is a franchise of New Zealand company Encore Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and has Matthew Lim as its owner.

Bhupendra was the biggest earner and was sold for INR 100,000. All the four players kept in the auction belong to the Mid-western city of Nepalgunj.

Former international cricketer Paresh Lohani is also joining the APL as Iconic player.

It was pretty obvious that top clash Nepali cricketers were not going to be a part of the APL as they had already questioned the legitimacy of the tournament which is not sanctioned by the International Cricket Council or Asian Cricket Council.

The APL consists of six franchises. Apart from Nepal Storm, Dubai Warriors, Sri Lankan Lions, Indian Stars, Bangladesh Tigers and Afghanistan Bulls are the other teams.

The tournament offers a cash purse of INR four million to the champions, while the runners-up and third placed team will get INR one million and INR 500,000 respectively. The man-of-the-series will get a car. The tournament begins from June 19 at the Tribhuvan University Stadium.

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