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The Afghanistan Premier League (APL) (Pashto: د افغانستان غوره لیګ‎; Persian: لیگ برتر افغانستان‎), officially Gulbahar Afghanistan Premier League for sponsorship reasons, is a Twenty20 cricket franchise tournament run by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), held in the United Arab Emirates.[1][2] The first edition of the tournament took place between 5 and 21 October 2018 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium,[3] with up to forty overseas players were involved.[4][5] Five teams have been selected to compete, named after regions of Afghanistan.[6] In August 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved plans for the tournament.[7]

Afghanistan Premier League (APL)
د افغانستان غوره لیګ
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CountriesAfghanistan Afghanistan
AdministratorAfghanistan Cricket Board
First edition2018–19
Latest edition2018–19
Next edition2019–20
Number of teams5
Current championBalkh Legends (1st title)
Most successfulBalkh Legends (1 title)
Most runsAfghanistan Mohammad Shahzad (344)
Most wicketsSri Lanka Isuru Udana (17)



  1. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League slated for October 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Afghanistan Cricket Premier League To Be Played In UAE". Tolo News. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  3. ^ "DSport to live broadcast APL 2018 in India". Afghanistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ "BCCI unlikely to allow Indian players from participating in newly-launched Afghanistan Premier League". First Post. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Afghans ready with their version of T20 league". Times of India. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Sharjah to host Afghanistan T20 League from October 5". Gulf News. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  7. ^ "ICC approves plans for Afghanistan Premier League". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 12 August 2018.