Despite the present political turmoil in Afghanistan, the nation’s cricket board’s is all set to host an expanded form of Shpageeza T20 Cricket League in September at the Kabul Cricket Stadium.
In the upcoming eighth edition of the league, couple of two more teams have been added to the roster, bringing the total number of franchises to eight.
“This time round, SCL will provide audiences and fans with a new experience. It will also be great financially for players,” said Hamid Shinwari, the Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in a statement.
One of the franchises – Band-e Amir Dragons’ owner Anwar Mukhles expressed his thanks to the ACB and said, “I would like to thank all franchise owners who will ensure that people in Afghanistan will enjoy the game of cricket amid recent events unfolding in the country. Our national players will play in their own country and will also entertain their fans here.”
The eight franchises are namely Hindukush Stars, Pamir Zalmiyan, Speenghar Tigers, Kabul Eagles, Amo Sharks, Bost Defenders, Band-e Amir Dragons, Mis-e Ainak Knights.
Notably, Hindukush Stars and Pamir Zalmiyan are the new participants in the tournament.