BCCI denies hosting Afghanistan Premier League in India
New Delhi : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has denied the request of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to host Afghanistan Premier League in India. The move comes as a surprise as BCCI is one of the greatest promoters of cricket in war-torn country Afghanistan.
Also, ACB owns two home grounds in Greater Noida and Dehradun and host all their home matches there.
According to BCCI it would be inappropriate for them to allow Afghanistan host their Premier League as India already has its own similar event.
The ACB officials had conveyed their desire to organize APL in India to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim during a meeting on May 16.
The inaugural edition of Afghanistan Premier League was held in Sharjah last year with five teams participating in it. The tournament, which was won by Balkh Legends, saw some of the stalwarts of cricket playing in it. Players like Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Ben Cutting, Shahid Afridi, Colin Ingram and Colin Munro had graced the first edition of APL.