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The Balkh Legends (Pashto: د بلخ اتلانDa Balkh Atalān; Persian: قهرمانان بلخ‎) are a franchise cricket team which participates in the Afghanistan Premier League (APL).[1] They joined the APL as one of its original members in 2018. Afghan alrounder Mohammad Nabi was the captain for the inaugural session and Australian coach Simon Helmot was appointed as the head coach of the team.[2][3][4][5] They won the first edition, after beating Kabul Zwanan by four wickets in the final.[6]

Balkh Legends
د بلخ اتلان
Balkh Legends - APL T20 Team Logo.jpg
LeagueAfghanistan Premier League
Personnel
CaptainAfghanistan Mohammad Nabi
CoachAustralia Simon Helmot
OwnerUnknown
Team information
CityMazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan
Founded2018
Home groundSharjah Cricket Stadium. Sharjah
Capacity16,000
History
APL wins1
Official website:aplt20.tv/teams/Balkh-legends

Current SquadEdit

As of 14:20, Saturday, June 15, 2019 (UTC)
No. Name Nat Birth Date Batting Style Bowling Style Signed Year Notes
Batsmen
333 Chris Gayle   (1979-09-21) 21 September 1979 (age 39) Left-handed Right-arm off break 2018 Overseas
82 Colin Munro   (1987-03-11) 11 March 1987 (age 32) Left-handed Right-arm medium 2018 Overseas
24 Dilshan Munaweera   (1989-04-24) 24 April 1989 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2018 Overseas
9 Malcolm Waller   (1984-09-28) 28 September 1984 (age 34) Right handed Right-arm off break 2018 Overseas
87 Usman Ghani   (1996-11-20) 20 November 1996 (age 22) Right handed 2018
25 Darwish Rasooli   (1999-12-12) 12 December 1999 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2018 Overseas
All-rounders
10 Ravi Bopara   (1985-05-04) 4 May 1985 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm medium 2018 Overseas
27 Ryan ten Doeschate   (1980-06-30) 30 June 1980 (age 38) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2018 Overseas
7 Mohammad Nabi   (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2018
21 Mohammad Nawaz   (1994-03-21) 21 March 1994 (age 25) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2018 Overseas, Unavailable
11 Gulbadin Naib   (1991-03-16) 16 March 1991 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2018
16 Mirwais Ashraf   (1988-06-30) 30 June 1988 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2018
Wicket-keepers
100 Ikram Ali Khil   (2000-09-29) 29 September 2000 (age 18) Left-handed 2018
Bowlers
56 Ben Laughlin   (1982-10-03) 3 October 1982 (age 36) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2018 Overseas
55 Aftab Alam   (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2018
30 Qais Ahmad   (2000-08-15) 15 August 2000 (age 18) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2018

Administration and Supporting StaffEdit

Head Coach:   Simon Helmot

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League slated for October 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Balkh Legends squad", ESPNCricinfo
  3. ^ "Afghans ready with their version of T20 league". Times of India. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  4. ^ "ICC approves plans for Afghanistan Premier League". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Sharjah to host Afghanistan T20 League from October 5". Gulf News. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  6. ^ "BALKH LEGENDS CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF APL T20 2018". Afghanistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 22 October 2018.