Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament
Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament is a four-day cricket tournament in Afghanistan played between six regional teams, each representing a number of Afghan provinces.
|Format||First-class cricket (from 2017 onwards)|
|Tournament format||Double round-robin|
|Number of teams||6|
Up to and including the 2016–17 Tournament, the matches were not given first-class status. However, at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in February 2017, first-class status was awarded to all future matches, starting with the 2017–18 tournament. It is named after founder of Durrani Empire Ahmad Shah Durrani.
Afghanistan's multi-day tournament initially began as a three-day competition before moving to a four-day structure in 2014, now known as the Ahmad Shah Abdali tournament, with five regional teams competing - Amo, Band-e-Amir, Boost, Mis Ainak and Spin Ghar. A sixth team, Kabul, joined the competition in 2016. The teams play each other twice before the two sides at the top of the table play for the end of season championship. The competition runs from September through December. In February 2017 the International Cricket Council (ICC) awarded first-class status to Afghanistan's four-day domestic competition.
|Amo Region||Balkh Cricket Stadium, Mazar-i-Sharif
Kunduz Cricket Ground, Kunduz
|Band-e-Amir Region||Ghazni Cricket Ground, Ghazni|
|Boost Region||Kandahar International Cricket Stadium, Kandahar|
|Kabul Region||Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground, Kabul|
|Mis Ainak Region||Khost Cricket Stadium, Khost|
|Spin Ghar Region||Ghazi Amanullah International Cricket Stadium, Jalalabad|
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- Afghanistan Cricket Board – About Domestic Cricket
- Afghanistan Cricket Board – Ahmad Shah Abdali One Day and T20 Tournaments Report
- Afghanistan domestic competitions awarded first-class and List A status