Afghanistan Cricket Board to host Shpageeza Cricket League in September amid Taliban crisis – The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) are all set to go ahead with the Shpageeza Cricket League, the country’s premier T20 competition. While the Taliban’s take over has left the country with an uncertain future, men’s cricket is unlikely to be affected in Kabul. In fact, the league will the addition of two more teams, making it to eight franchises in the league which is set to kick off next month.
The ownership rights for eight teams in the now expanded Shpageeza Cricket League were sold on Thursday during a ceremony at the Afghanistan Cricket Board’s office in Kabul. The original franchises are Speenghar Tigers, Kabul Eagles, Amo Sharks, Bost Defenders, Band-e Amir Dragons, Mis-e Ainak Knights with Hindukush Stars and Pamir Zalmiyan being the new entrants in the league. The tournament will be played from September 10 to 25 at the Kabul Cricket Stadium.
Hindukush Stars and Pamir Zalmiyan franchises inducted into the #Shpageeza Cricket League as, for the first time in its history, the League will have 8 teams instead of six. The ownership rights were sold today amid a ceremony held at ACB.
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) August 19, 2021
Hamid Shinwari, the Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Officer in a statement said “This time round, SCL will provide audiences and fans with a new experience. It will also be great financially for players. ” He called for the role of business community vital in cricket’s further development in the country.
Band-e Amir Dragons’ franchise owner Anwar Mukhles expressed his thanks to ACB on behalf of all the franchises, 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.”