Nepal’s top franchise cricket tournament Everest Premier League has been sanctioned by the International Cricket Council.
The six-team Twenty20 competition has been scheduled for September 25 to October 9. EPL was orgininally scheduled for March-April last year but was postponed due to COVID-19.
“The dates have been approved by the Cricket Association of Nepal and preparations are underway for what probably is Nepal’s biggest sporting event,” Everest Premier League Pvt Ltd said in a press release on Thursday.
“The tournament spreads over three Saturdays which is sure to draw cricketing enthusiasts in large numbers. The production contract of EPL stays intact with One Sport and the league will broadcast on various platforms worldwide,” the release added.
Lalitpur Patriots are the defending champions of the tournament that also includes Biratnagar Warriors, Bhairahawa Gladiators, Chitwan Tigers, Pokhara Rhinos and Kathmandu Kings XI.
Big names have been associated with the tournament including Twenty20 Universe Boss Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and other various international stars. However, the postponement of the tournament didn’t help to bring them in Nepal.