Islamabad (IoK News) The teams participating in the Kashmir Premier League have finalized their players’ names here today. Afridi is to lead Rawalakot Hawks in Kashmir Premier League. The draft lists of players have been issued to the media.
During the drafting in Islamabad, Shahid Afridi led the Rawalpindi Hawks, Shoaib Malik Mirpur Royals, Emad Wasim Overseas Warriors, Shadab Khan Bagh Stallions, Fakhar Zaman Kotli Lions and Muhammad Hafeez Muzaffarabad Tigers.
The Kashmir Premier League is scheduled to be played between August 6 and 16.
The highly publicised tournament has a total of 6 teams including Bagh Stallions, Mirpur Royals, Muzaffarabad Tigers, Overseas Warriors, Kotli Lions, and Rawalakot Hawks.
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Matt Prior, and Monty Panesar are a few of the prominent cricketers that are set to take the charge of the field in the KPL.
Shadab Khan, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed would be part of Bagh Stallions with Shadab leading the side.
Owais Shah, Sharjeel Khan, Khushdil Shah, and Mohammad Irfan are picked up by the Shoaib Malik-led Mirpur Royals.
Some of the other remarkable names include Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Tanvir, and Sohaib Maqsood whereas the former Sri Lanka opening batter Tilakaratne Dilshan was roped in by Muzaffarabad Tigers.
Monty Panesar the former England left-arm spinner will play for the Fakhar Zaman-led Kotli Lions whereas Kamran Akmal, Asif Ali, and leg-spinner Usman Qadir are the other names included by the Kotli Lions in the squad.
Matt Prior, the former England wicket-keeper batsman, will offer his services for the Rawalakot Hawks which is to be captained by Shahid Afridi.
Rawalakot Hawks will be captained by Shahid Afridi
While Mohammad Hasnain, Ahmed Shahzad, and Hussain Talat will also be part of the same franchise.
Skippered by Imad Wasim, the Overseas warriors will have the South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs playing for them, with Haider Ali and Azam Khan too making it to the squad.
The role of KPL to bring Kashmir cricketers to the limelight.
The Kashmir Premier League’s prime objective is to fan the fires of talent that the Kashmiri players possess.
This can play a pivotal role in helping Kashmir to put itself on the sporting map. Shehryar Khan Afridi, the Chairman of the Kashmir Committee, had previously stated that “sports is the best form to help in the transformation of any part of the world and we have seen how individual sportsmen have transformed their countries globally.”
Opening up further on the positives that this league will bring in for Kashmir he asserted, “KPL would help put Kashmir at the global sports map and added, the League will become a buzz word globally as KPL would promote Kashmir at the highest level,”.