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Everest Premier League (EPL) (Nepali: एभरेष्ट प्रिमियर लिग) is a Twenty20 cricket tournament organized by EPL Pvt. Ltd., a private group in Nepal run by Aamir Akhtar. One of the major cricket tournament in the country, it is played during the northern winter calendar, mostly in the month of December. It is played in round-robin format in which top four teams qualify for the playoffs. The tournament is renowned for having high attendance among the domestic cricket of the ICC associate nations. The first edition of the tournament was held in September 2016 with six franchises consisting of domestic and international players. Lalitpur Patriots is the defending champions after winning 2017 season.

Everest Premier League (EPL)
Countries   Nepal
AdministratorEPL Pvt Ltd
FormatTwenty20
First edition2016
Latest edition2018
Next edition2020
Tournament formatRound-robin and Knockout
Number of teams6
Current championLalitpur Patriots
Most successful
Most runs
Most wickets
TV
Websiteeplt20.com.np
2018 EPL

HistoryEdit

Everest Premier League was unveiled on 24 February 2014 in a press conference held at Hotel Radisson. Zohra Sports Management and Cricket Association of Nepal had an exclusive agreement to introduce NPL for an initial three years.

On 13 May 2014 a handful of CAN members issued a press release claiming CAN had pulled out as the organizers of the tournament. In 2016, EPL was announced from September 24 to October 3 in TU Cricket Ground.[1] While a majority of CAN members resigned from NPL Governing Council, the then President, Tanka Angbuhang still continued to promote the event stating that the decision made was unofficial and without his knowledge. The sponsor for 2014 was C.G. Foods (Wai Wai).[2][3]

TeamsEdit

Current teamsEdit

Each team consisted of 15 players. Among them 10 players were bought by each team through auction. A talent hunt was conducted by each team in their respective cities to acquire a young player in their squad. Similarly, the teams also included at least three foreign players in their side.[4]

Team Owner[5] Captain Founded
Bhairahawa Gladiators Aditya Shanghai   Sharad Vesawkar 2017
Biratnagar Warriors Vishal Agrawal   Paras Khadka 2017
Chitwan Tigers Kishore Bhattarai   Prithu Baskota 2017
Kathmandu Kings XI Tele Holdings Pvt. Ltd.   Sompal Kami 2017
Lalitpur Patriots Kishore Maharjan   Gyanendra Malla 2017
Pokhara Rhinos Shahil Agrawal   Kyle Coetzer 2017

Former teamsEdit

In the 2016 edition, the teams in the tournament were based on corporate sectors.

Team Owner(s)[6] Captain Head coach Dissolved
Vishal Warriors Vishal Group   Paras Khadka   Mahesh Rizal 2016
Colors X-Factors Teletalk Private Limited   Gyanendra Malla   Manzoor Alam 2016
Jagdamba Rhinos Shanker Groups   Shakti Gauchan   Navin Singh 2016
Panchakanya Tej Panchakanya Groups   Sharad Vesawkar   Kalam Ali 2016
Kantipur Gurkhas Kantipur Publications   Basanta Regmi   Samson Jung Thapa 2016
Sagarmatha Legends Ghorahi Cements   Binod Bhandari   Jagat Tamatta 2016

Tournament seasons and resultsEdit

Season Final venue Final Player of the series
Winner Result Runner-up
2016
Details
TU Cricket Ground, Kirtipur Panchakanya Tej
171/4 (20 overs)
Tej won by 40 runs
Scorecard
Colors X-Factors
131 (17.3 overs)
  Sompal Kami (Jagdamba Rhinos)
2017
Details
TU Cricket Ground, Kirtipur Biratnagar Warriors
149/7 (20 overs)
Warriors won by 1 run
Scorecard
Bhairahawa Gladiators
148/9 (20 overs)
  Babar Hayat (Biratnagar Wariors)
2018
Details
TU Cricket Ground, Kirtipur Lalitpur Patriots
155 (19.1 overs)
Patriots won by 14 runs
Scorecard
Bhairahawa Gladiators
141/9 (20 overs)
  Ravi Inder Singh (Bhairahawa Gladiators)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dhakal, Adarsha (14 May 2014). "CAN withdraws NPL ownership". eKantipur. Kathmandu. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Cricketlok EXCLUSIVE: Wai wai Everest Premier League (EPL)". Cricket Lok. Kathmandu. 24 February 2014. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "Everest Premier League from April". República. Kathmandu. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.updated by Nirak poudel nirakpoudel77.simdif.com
  4. ^ "Everest Premier League's auction held". Kathmandu. 11 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  5. ^ "एभरेस्ट प्रिमियर लिगको टिम मालिक र मार्क्यु खेलाडीको घोषणा". cricnepal.com. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Cricketlok EXCLUSIVE: Nepal Premier League Draft Squads". Cricket Lok. Kathmandu. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.

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