June 12, 2017 04:45 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, June 11: Ultimate Sports Management (USM), an Indian sports management company, is set to organize the Asian Premier League (APL) T20 tournament in Nepal in association with National Sports Council (NSC) at the TU Cricket Ground from June 19 to July 4.
The tournament will feature six franchise teams from Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) studded with former and current international players.
APL will see the participation of the home team's Nepal Storm as well as Indian Stars, Sri Lankan Lions, Bangladeshi Tigers, Afghanistan Bulls and the UAE's Dubai Warriors.
Organizing a press meet in the capital on Sunday, USM's Chairman RS Dhandiwal informed that 150 international players will be in auction and 108 players will be selected by owners and coaches of the participating teams. However, the skippers leading those teams won't be up in auction in Kathmandu on Monday.
According to USM, Nepal Storm will be led by UAE's Swapnil Patil while Indian Stars will be captained by Sri Lankan cricketer Tilakratne Dilshan. Likewise, Sri Lankan cricketer Farveez Maharoof will captain Sri Lankan Lions, Bangladesh's Al Amin Hossian will lead Bangladeshi Tigers and Pakistani cricketer Rana Naveed Ul Hassan will be the skipper of Afghanistan Bulls. Similarly UAE's cricketer Abdul Shakoor will lead Dubai Warriors.
The champion of the tournament will bag Rs 4 million while the runner-up and third place finisher will get Rs 1.6 million and Rs 0.8 million respectively.
Meanwhile players kept for auction have been categorized into grades A, B and C with the base prices of Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. However the organizer didn't unveil the number of Nepali players to be kept in auction.
"Nepali players were supposed to register their names through our website and we have received many entries. Though we can't reveal the number of Nepali players at this moment, we can assure that there will be Nepali players in each team," said USM's Chairman RS Dhandiwal.
On the same occasion, he also informed that this tournament was supposed to be held in Sharjaha of the UAE before deciding to shift it to Nepal. "We had decided to organize this tournament in Sarjaha but we decided to shift it to Nepal given the cricket craze in this country," added Dhandiwal.
He also informed that a franchise team from Pakistan named Pakistan Panthers had been initially included in the competition. However due to broadcasting issue in India, it was replaced by Afghanistan Bulls. All the matches will be broadcast on Sony Six sports channel.