Afghanistan Premier League postponed until next year
The second edition of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) has been postponed to 2020 due to funding problems after the Afghanistan Cricket Board terminated the competition's Sanction and Commercial Rights Agreement with chief investors Snixer Sports.
APL was slated to be held in October this year but Snixer Sports' failure to deliver scheduled payments of the inaugural edition posed "risks for the integrity of the league" leading to ACB discontinuing the agreement with the tournament organizers.
Moreover, the board has contacted the Attorney General’s Office of the Government of Afghanistan to "fully investigate the administrative allegations of corruption in the league."
The Afghanistan Cricket Board today terminated the @APLT20official Sanction and Commercial Rights Agreement with Snixer Sports and postponed season II of the league to next year.— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) September 12, 2019
Read more:https://t.co/8UywaCq6Rp pic.twitter.com/BIVzOrjjzg
Although the future of the league is in major doubt, a tender will be duly issued for sanction and commercial rights of the next season.
The first season of APL was conducted last year in Sharjah from October 5 to 21 featuring several international stars including the likes of Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Brendon McCullum and Andre Russell.
Balkh Legends emerged victorious in the five-franchise competition after defeating the Rashid Khan-led Kabul Zwanan in the final.
Afghanistan's T20 league is the latest franchise-based tournament to bear the brunt of financial woes.