Everest Premier League
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.
|Administrator||EPL Pvt Ltd|
|Tournament format||Round-robin and Knockout|
|Number of teams||6|
|Current champion||Lalitpur Patriots|
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. 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).
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.
|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|
In the 2016 edition, the teams in the tournament were based on corporate sectors.
|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|
|TU Cricket Ground, Kirtipur||Panchakanya Tej
171/4 (20 overs)
|Tej won by 40 runs
131 (17.3 overs)
|Sompal Kami (Jagdamba Rhinos)|
|TU Cricket Ground, Kirtipur||Biratnagar Warriors
149/7 (20 overs)
|Warriors won by 1 run
148/9 (20 overs)
|Babar Hayat (Biratnagar Wariors)|
|TU Cricket Ground, Kirtipur||Lalitpur Patriots
155 (19.1 overs)
|Patriots won by 14 runs
141/9 (20 overs)
|Ravi Inder Singh (Bhairahawa Gladiators)|
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