The Indian fans will be treated to action from the debut season of the Afganistan Premier League on D Sport which is the official broadcast partners of the tournament in the country.
Speaking on the occasion Mr Shafiqullah Stanikzai CEO Afghanistan Cricket Board said, “We are delighted that the APL T 20 will be carried to close to 100 million homes in India through the Broadcast on DSport. We expect a keenly fought competition which is sure to enthrall the Cricket loving Viewers in India."
Speaking about the association Karan Bajaj, Senior Vice President & General Manager - South Asia, Discovery Communications India, said, “We are excited to partner with Afghanistan Cricket Board to broadcast the inaugural edition of Afghanistan Cricket League in India. We expect huge traction for the league given the presence of super stars of cricket and the fact all the matches will be played at prime time in India.”
Talking about the association with the Afghanistan Premier League, RC Venkateish, MD & CEO of Lex Sportel Vision Pvt Ltd said, “We are delighted to Partner with Afghanistan Cricket Board to produce this league and telecast the same on DSport. We look forward to deepening our association with the young and enthusiastic Afghan Cricket establishment, not just for this tournament but for future tournaments as well."
Afghanistan was given the rights to play Test after playing top class International cricket last year, where they debuted against India. Afghanistan stands 8th in T20 ranking and has also qualified for the 2019 World Cup which bears testimony to the massive growth of cricket in this country.
Local players like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi is all set to add flavour to the tournament along with international stars like Chris Gayle and Brendon Mccullum. Both the cricketers shared their excitement regarding their participation in the tournament.
Chris Gayle, said, “I have played T20 leagues across the world but I am especially excited to be part of inaugural edition of Afghanistan Cricket League. I can see Afghanistan emerging as a future global cricket power– the young talent that has emerged from the country is indeed impressive. The new league will offer a huge opportunity to the young players of this emerging cricket nation to learn from the best in the world.”
Brendon McCullum further added “I have read reports of how the entire country in Afghanistan was awake following the exploits of Rashid Khan during IPL. Now, they will get to see so many of their youngsters in action along with the best in the world. Looking forward to the league.”
(With PTI Inputs)