Afghan trio set to play in Caribbean Premier League 2021

Basseterre, August 18 (IANS) Three players from Afghanistan have been named in the relegated squads for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League, which starts on August 26. Leg spinner Qais Ahmad will play for the Jamaica Tallawahs, while pacer Naveen-ul-Haq and left-arm wrist spinner Waqar Salamkheil will appear for the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Ibrahim Zadran and Shafiqullah Ghafari, who were named by the Tallawahs and Barbados Royals respectively in May, are not part of the rejected teams. Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman were not mentioned in the initial list in May. The spin trio is expected to play in the ODI series with three matches against Pakistan in Sri Lanka in September.

Naveen played for Leicestershire in the T20 Blast in England. He was the leading wicket-taker in the competition with 26 wickets in 14 games. Through a story from his Instagram account, it is understood that he is in quarantine in Saint Kitts and Nevis. Ahmad is in England and has taken eight wickets in seven games for the Welsh Fire in the first edition of Hundred.

There were doubts about the cricket players’ participation from Afghanistan in franchise leagues. The country is in the midst of a major crisis, with the Taliban taking over the country. This came after US President Joe Biden announced the withdrawal of troops from the country.

The entire CPL will take place at Warner Park Stadium from August 26 to September 15. The tournament allows fans to participate in matches in 50% capacity of the venue with 8000 seats. Fans can enter the stadium after showing proof of vaccination.

Players, support staff, commentators and broadcast crews in the CPL bubble will be allowed to make a direct transfer to the IPL bubble in the UAE, scheduled to launch from mid-September.


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