The Asian Premier League (APL) Twenty20, which was launched in
Kathmandu at a posh hotel on Monday, might see no
Nepali players competing as the country’s top notch cricketers are
completely unaware of the event.
Management, an Indian company, launched the 17-day tournament that
includes six franchises, including one as Nepal Storm, and presented to
the press few cricketers involving in it.
Few of the big names are Sri Lankan legend Tillakaratne
Dilshan who will be leading the Indian Stars, former Pakistani seamer
Rana Naved-Ul-Hassan (Afghanistan Bulls skipper) and Sri Lankan seamer
Farvez Maharoof leading Sri Lanka Lions.
Other teams include
Bangladesh Tigers, led by Al Amin Hossain, Dubai Warriors led by Abdul
Shakoor. Nepal Storm will be led by Swapnil Patil. The organizers said
they are going to hold the auction on Monday.
With the auction not even
24 hours away, Nepali cricketers have not made themselves available for
the tournament. “The tournament is
not approved by the International Cricket Council, so the cricketers might have not gone for the risk,” the source told cricketingnepal.com.
According to the
organizers, the auction will see 108 players and the base price for the
Grade 1, 2 and 3 will be INR 30,000, INR 20,000 and INR 10,000. The
tournament offers a cash purse of INR four million with the runners-up
and third-placed team getting INR one million and INR 500,000.