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Lucrative DPL to begin from March 18

Dhangadi Cricket Academy (DCA) and Sudur Paschimanchal Academy (SPA) has officially announced Sagarmatha Cement Dhangadi Premier League (DPL), a city-based Twenty20 cricket tournament on Wednesday.

The highest cash prize tournament, slated to begin from March 18 next year, in Nepal’s cricket history will see the auction of cricketers that is certain to offer lucrative fees to the cricketers. The winners and runners-up will get Rs 1.5 million and Rs 700,000 respectively. 

Before the tournament kicks off at the SSP grounds in Dhangadi, the players will be auctioned during a ceremony on January 7. The base price for the national cricketers is set for Rs 50,000, while the price for U-19 nationals/former national players and uncapped player are set for Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000. 

The tournament will be participated in by six cities owned by six franchises with two teams yet to confirm their participation. Kathmandu, Rupandehi, Dhangadi and Attariya have already confirmed their participation for the team. The team name, its owner and captain will be unveiled on January 5.

Each team will consist of 15 players and a coach with two foreign recruit allowed. The cricketers need to register their name to the organizers for the auction before December 30 deadline. National cricket team skipper Paras Khadka was first to register his name for the tournament, online.

DCA Chairman and SPA Director Subash Bahadur Shahi said his team had worked a lot to come up with the concept. “I have been in Kathmandu to materialize this concept for a long time and finally we are proud to announce the tournament officially,” said Shahi during a press conference in Kathmandu on Wednesday.

The DPL is merger of SPA Cup – an inter-college cricket tournament – and Dhangadi Cricket League which was played between five local teams of the city following an auction. 

Paras had words of praise for Shahi. “Its a great initiation from Subash and the hard work he has put in will work in the betterment of the game. As players, we are happy that cricket gets decentralized by having a tournament like this outside Kathmandu. We need to make this tournament even bigger,” said Paras.

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