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APL Twenty20 might not have home-grown stars

Jun 11, 2017 | Cricketingnepal |

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.

Ultimate Sports 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.


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