International cricketers like Babar Azam, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Tamim Iqbal and Hamilton Masakadza went under the hammer in the highest-profile auction yet for Afghanistan‘s domestic Twenty20 (T20) league, the Shpageeza Cricket League (SCL), in Kabul on May 25, Thursday. But despite having players from various nations, Afghanistan s all-rounder Gulbadin Naib was the most-expensive buy as he was bought by Boost Defenders for USD 108,000. The Shpageeza Cricket League has a total of six teams – Band-e-Amir Dragons, Mis Ainak Knights, Kabul Eagles, Speenghar Tigers and Amo Sharks including Boost Defenders and all are owned by Afghanistan s leading business groups. The SCL will be entering its fifth edition in 2017 and the tournament will be held in Kabul for 10 days. “All matches will be held in Kabul, between July 18 and July 28,” Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) CEO Shafiq Stanikzai was quoted as saying in an ESPNcricinfo report. “The ICC has sanctioned this event and is sending its own match referee to oversee the tournament. In addition, we will have one on-field umpire from the ICC panel,” he further said. Apart from Naib, Pakistan pacers Sohail Tanvir and Rumman Raees were also amongst the expensive buys. Tanvir… Read full this story
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