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Remodeled EPL comes up as highest cash-prized T20 League

Jul 30, 2017 | Cricketingnepal |

EPL Pvt Ltd is coming up with a remodeled version of Everest Premier League -- a Twenty20 cricket tournament that carries a historical cash prize for the winners.

The tournament which was previously played between corporate franchises will now be a city-based franchise league and will give away a whopping cash prize of Rs 2.1 million. The total cash prize is Rs 600,000 more than what Dhangadhi Premier League winners received earlier this year.

According to Aamir Akhtar, EPL Founder, the tournament will be held in December after a round of auction of the players. While each team will have 15 players, 10 of them will be included through auction. It is mandatory for all the teams have three foreign recruits and one player should be included through an open talent hunt in the respected city. Also, one marquee player (optional) could also be considered.

Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, Birgunj and Pokhara will be the four city franchises in the tournament, while the owners and the team details will be revealed in due course. All the matches of the tournament will be held at the TU grounds.

The organizers say they have made arrangements to involve vendors, event managers and entertainment that have had experience working in the Indian Premier League to ensure efficiency in management and an Elevated cricketainment experience on the ground.

The players kept for the auction will be divided into three categories and will have three players in 'A' categories, four in 'B' and three in 'C'. The base amount and nature of the categories are yet to be determined.

National team skipper Paras Khadka appreciated the magnitude of the tournament. "EPL now has become a tournament that has set a new benchmark. We are very much excited for the tournament. DPL and EPL are top T20 Leagues. CPAN will work closely for players identification and monetary terms," said Paras.

National team head coach Jagat Tamatta informed that National Sports Council will act as coordinating body in absence of the Cricket Association of Nepal. To ensure any sort of irregularities, Amir said the tournament will be closely monitored.

"We have had talks with Nepal Police and its anti-corruption unit will coordinate with us. We have also written a letter to the International Cricket Council and hopefully we can have observers from them," said Amir.


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