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Asian Premier League Twenty20 in Nepal

Ultimate Sports Management, an Indian company, is bringing the Asian Premier
League Twenty20 cricket tournament featuring international stars and Nepal’s
home-grown cricketers from June 19.


The 17-day long tournament will also be telecast live in international sports
broadcaster Sony Six and will see the involvement of six franchises. Nepal will
have a Nepal Storm franchise which will be led by Swapnil Patil, a cricketer
from the United Arab Emirates. England cricketer Dimitri Mascarenhas is the
mentor of Nepal Storm.

Other five teams
include Indian Stars which will be skippered by former Sri Lankan cricketer
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lankan Lions, Bangaldesh Lions, Afghanistan Bulls and
Dubai Warriors.

Ultimate has taken the
consent from the International Cricket Council and National Sports Council,
Nepal supreme governing body of sports to organise the event in Nepal.

It will be the first
time in the last 17 years that a cricket event hosted by Nepal is being
telecast in international sports channel. Zee Sports had previously telecast
Tempo Legend Cup in 2001 that involved India Legends, Pakistan Legends and
World XI Legends.

A total of 108 players will kept in auction with 20 international cricketers
going to be a part of it. Former Hong Kong cricketer Haseeb Amjad and
Bangladeshi pacer Al-Amin Hossain who is the skipper of Tigers were presented
before the press on Sunday.

The auction will take
place at Hotel Del’ Annapurna and will be telecast live on Sony Six. While the
marquee players include the captain and another players will be kept under
contract, the other cricketers are classifed into three grades.

Grade 1, 2 and 3
players are set the base price of INR 30,000, INR 20,000 and INR 10,000. The
tournament champions will receive INR four million with the runners up and
third placed team getting a purse of INR one million and INR 500,000
respectively.

The man-of-the-series
will ride a car, while the most entertaining audience will also be winning
award. The top four teams after the round-robin-league will make it to the
semi-finals.

Each team has to
include at least two U-19 cricketers. Nepal will also have their players
auctioned on Monday but it is not clear how many cricketers will the country manage
to get into the glitzy tournament.

The organisers have handed over all the ticket management system work to esewa
and the tickets will only be booked online. Each ticket has been set a price of Rs 200.

Team                                         Captain           
                                                 Mentor
Nepal Storm                       Swapnil Patil (UAE)                                  Dimitri Mascarenhas (ENG)
Sri Lankan Tigers               Farvez
Maharoof (SL)                              Rusty Theron (SA)
Indian Stars                       Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL)                          Ajay Ratra (IND)
Bangladesh Tigers            Al-Amin
Hossain (BNG)                           Justin Kemp (SA)
Dubai Warriors                 
Abdul Shakoor (UAE)                                Charles
Coventry (ZIM)
Afghanistan Bulls             Rana
Naved Ul Hassan (PAK)                  Imran Nazir (PAK)

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