Afghanistan Cricket Board is planning to relaunch Afghanistan Premier League, country’s franchise-based T20 tournament that was postponed after the inaugural edition, in coming December-January, ACB officials confirmed Cricbuzz on Thursday.
APL’s future was in major doubt after the 2019 edition of the T20 competition was postponed due to funding problems as the company that acquired the right to host the tournament missed scheduled payments for the first edition and had been removed from their position as organizer by ACB.
”We are looking forward to launch it[ APL] in late December or first January,” ACB’s interim chief executive Nazim Zar Abdulrahimzai told Cricbuzz. ”We are looking to have the franchises and we will have the franchises we will be pulling carpet that we can do it and we are trying that,” he said.
”We have a meeting with them in the coming few days and after that we will be able to inform everyone about the tentative dates but we are hopeful to host it in the coming days,” he said adding that they are expecting to host it in UAE.
Meanwhile, Cricbuzz understand that apart from convincing the franchises, ACB needs to fix up with Snixer Sports as the latter has filed a lawsuit at an arbitration court in London against the ACB, claiming 15 million USD for terminating their contract.
According to media reports, Snixer Sports claimed that they have not violated any term and condition with ACB and Snixer has cleared 100% market payments in 60 days of the league commencement despite facing losses of over USD 3 million in the inaugural season and despite there was no market due of APL season 1.
ACB’s cricket operation manager Menhaj Raz, who is drawing the roadmap for the second edition of APL, refused to accept Snixer’s claim, adding that they are confident that they will get the decision in their favour by the arbitrator.
”We have terminated the contract of Snixer because of material breach as they were not able to do the payment,” said Menhaj. “What we have done is based on contract and we claim the same amount as per contract. They failed according to contract. The decision will be announced by the arbitrator of course,” he said.
Balkh Legends won the inaugural edition of APL that was played by five franchises in UAE in 2018.