Afghanistan launches departmental cricket league

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TMP – 21/09/2017
The head of Afghanistan’s cricket board Atif Mashal has announced plans to set up the first-ever departmental cricket league in Afghanistan. This will allow private companies to establish their own cricket teams and select players for the team, who will be paid a regular salary.

Gradually, the teams will set up tournaments with each other and thereby establish the league itself. The first tournament in the new league is expected to be held next year.

“This will help cricket to grow in Afghanistan and will benefit both players and the cricket board,” Mashal said.

So far, seven banks have agreed to sign up to the league. These banks will choose players for their teams and will sign a long-term agreement with the players. The cricket players will be provided with a regular income, just as any other employee of the bank. This will provide job opportunities for many new cricket players.

“This will provide a good source of income for the cricketers and the cricket board will also generate revenue through an annual franchise fee,” Mashal said. “The league is important for Afghans because it will provide financial facilities for team members,” he noted.

Marshal also said that the construction of a professional cricket stadium in Kabul is one of the cricket board’s priorities this year. The construction of a such a stadium will create a number of local job opportunities later in the year.