High profile cricketers Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum have been picked as icon players for the inaugural edition of Afghanistan Premier League 2018.
The player draft was held on Monday in Dubai.
Afridi congratulated Afghanistan Cricket Board for launching their own T20 league in a tweet. He expressed his optimism to represent Paktia at the tournament.
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) September 10, 2018
Five teams will feature in the T20 league namely Balkh, Kabul, Kandahar, Nangarhar and Paktia.
Other Pakistani players will also grace the tournament with their presence. Wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal and Muhammad Irfan will play for Balkh. Pacer Wahab Riaz and all-rounder Iftikhar Ahmed will represent Kandahar. Nangarhar picked Muhammad Hafeez while Paktia roped in Faheem Ashraf.
Andre Russell along with local hero Rashid Khan have also been picked for the icon category.
The tournament will commence from October 5 at Sharjah cricket stadium.
Paktia squad: Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Shahzad, Cameron Delport, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Samiullah Shinwari, Chris Jordan, Faheem Ashraf, Luke Wright, Amatullah Omerzai, Rahmanullah Garbaz, Zia Urhaman Akber, Calum Macleod, Tahir Adil, Yousaf Zazi, Fazal Zazai
Kabul squad: Rashid Khan, Luke Ronchi, Hazrat Zazai, Colin Ingram, Farid Malik, Javed Ahmadi, Sohail Tanvir, Laurie Evans, Wayne Parnell, Shahidullah, Muslim Musa, Afsar Khan Zazi, Muhammad Ashan Ali Khan, Zahir Shirzad, Fitrat Khawry, Usman Adil, Shawkat Zaman, Nasir Totakhil, Zamir Khan
Balkh squad: Chris Gayle, Colin Munro, Mohammad Nabi, Ravi Bopara, Aftab Alam, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Irfan, Ben Laughlin, Kamran Akmal, Qais Ahmed, Usman Ghani, Ikrain Alikhil, Ryan ten Doeschate, Tariq Skanikai, Asadullah Matani, Samiullah Salarzai, Farhan Zakhil, Mohammad Nawaz, Darwish Rasooli
Nangarhar squad: Andre Russell, Tamim Iqbal, Mujeeb Zadran, Ben Cutting, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Najibullah Taraki, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Hafeez, Rahmat Shah, Naveen Ul Haq, Zahir Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Fazal Haq, Imran Janat, Nasratullah Quarishi, Khyber Omar, Ibrahim Zadran, Faal Nazai
Kandahar squad: Brendon McCullum , Wahab Riaz, Asghar Afghan, Paul Stirling, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Tymal Mills, Sam Billings, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadeq, Sayed Shirzad, Mohammad Naveed, Waqar, Abdul Baqi, Waheed Shafaq, Waqarullah Ishaq, Nazir Jamal