East Africa Premier League

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East Africa Premier League
Countries  Kenya
 Uganda
Administrator Cricket Kenya
Headquarters Nairobi, Kenya
Format Twenty20
First tournament 2011–12
Last tournament 2013
Next tournament Postponed
Tournament format Round-robin
Knockout and Playoffs
Number of teams 6
Current champion Kenya Rising Stars Chuis
(1st title)
Most successful Uganda Nile Knights
Uganda Rwenzori Warriors
Kenya Rising Star Chuis
(1 title)
Most runs Uganda Roger Mukasa (321)[1]
Most wickets Kenya Joseph Angara (16)[2]

The East Africa Premier League (EAPL) is a Twenty20 cricket competition covering Kenya and Uganda. The EAPL was founded in 2011, together with the East Africa Cup, in the wake of Kenya's disastrous performance in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[3] It comprises 4 Kenyan provincial franchises as well as 2 teams from Uganda that play each over in a league, culminating in a final between the team that finishes top of the log and the winner of a series of playoff matches. Its main objective is to improve the standard of cricket played in Kenya, and spark a revival on the international stage once again.

Tournament History[edit]

The tournament was started in the wake of Kenya's disastrous 2011 Cricket World Cup campaign. Its main aim is to develop the standard of cricket both in Kenya and Uganda. This idea was first believed to be mooted by then Cricket Kenya CEO Tom Sears. The idea had been set out by Robert Kisubi and Colin Macbeth in 2010 after Uganda's Intercontinental Shield draw with UAE in Abu Dhabi. The blueprint proposed four-day games comprising five franchises (three Kenyan, two Ugandan) with a 50-over match tacked on. The aim was to improve the East Africans' long game. Kenya's disaster in Dubai condensed the scope of the idea, which Sears took up, ran with and called his 'brainchild'.

2011–12 season[edit]

The inaugural season was dominated by the two Ugandan franchises with Nile Knights defeating Rwenzori Warriors in a final that had to be postponed severally due to weather and scheduling difficulties

2012 season[edit]

In the second season, the Kenyan franchises, especially Coast Pekee showed a marked improvement; however the final was still won by the Ugandan team Ruwenzori Warriors

2013 season[edit]

Saw an overhaul to the tournament with Kenyan corporates taking over the Kenyan frnachises. The tournament was also compressed to less than one week from one month. Newly created Rising Stars Chuis defeated Ruwenzori Warriors in the final.

Franchises[edit]

4 Teams from Kenya plus two teams from Uganda has been taking part in the tournament. They are as follows:-[4][5]

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2012–13 Squads[edit]

  • Rising Stars Chui:

Collins Obuya (c), Harrison Angila, Boniface Anjere, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal (wk), Irfan Karim, Rajesh Khetiya, Alfred Luseno, David Maina, Martin Mworia, Martin Okoth, Joseph Owino, Kirtan Patel, Henry Rudd, Vishal Shikotra, Subham Patel, Tarandeep Singh, Hiren Varaiya

  • Express Ndovu

Rakep Patel (c), Gautam Bhudia, Kavi Dosaja, Gurdeep Singh, Imran Nazir, Ikreeth Kenth, Peter Kituku, Peter Koech, Maninder Singh, Mohammad Sami, Nikul Patel, Lucas Oluoch, Paresh Gami, Abdul Rehman, Mitesh Sanghani, Paramveer Singh, Abraham Vadada, Dominic Wesonga

  • I & M Bank Nyati

Tanmay Mishra (c), Josephat Ababu, Abdulqadir Najmi, Ibrahim Akello, Nick Oluoch, Hamza Malik (wk), Jimmy Kamande, Karan Kaul, Krutarth Rao, James Ngoche, Alex Obanda, Elijah Otieno, Emmanuel Bundi, Willam Rudd, Raj Savala, Waqas Aslam

  • Sameer Simba

Morris Ouma (c), Stephen Biko|, Dhiren Gondaria, Bhargab Goswami, Nadeem Ahmed, Shem Ngoche, Eugene Ochieng, Nelson Odhiambo, Kennedy Owino, Harsh Patel, Narendra Patel, Gagandeep Singh, Gurmanjot Singh, Taaha Sulemanjee, Siddhant Taneja, Bhavya Thaker

  • Nile Knights

Davis Arinaitwe (c), Hamza Saleh, Asadu Seiga, Nicholas Kebba, Arthur Kyobe, Deusdedit Muhumuza, Benjamin Musoke, Frank Nsubuga, Faruk Ochimi, Jackson Ogwang, Richard Okia, Raymond Otim, Danniel Ruyange, Ivan Thawithemwira, Arthur Ziraba

  • Rwenzori Warriors

Lawrence Sematimba (c), Abdulah Lubega, Hamu Bagenda, Fred Isabirye, Jeremy Kibukamusoke, Brian Masaba, Mohammed Akmal, Roger Mukasa, Naeem Bardai, Martin Ondeko, Arnold Otwan, Jonathan Sebanja, Shamu Mukaaya, Abu Sseguya, Henry Ssenyondo, Charles Waiswa

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Broadcasting Rights[edit]

Initially, SuperSport became the broadcast partner for Cricket Kenya, and was broadcast the inaugural East African competitions which was a big boost for the tournament.[8] Following the success of the inaugural tournaments, SuperSport extended their deal with the board to another two years to broadcast the tournament till 2013.[9]

Results[edit]

Season Winners Runners-up Teams
2011–12 Uganda Nile Knights Uganda Rwenzori Warriors 6
2012 Uganda Rwenzori Warriors Kenya Kenya Kongonis 6
2013 Kenya Rising Star Chuis Uganda Rwenzori Warriors 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Records / East Africa Premier League, 2011/12 / Most runs Archived 22 January 2013 at Archive.is Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 February 2011
  2. ^ Records / East Africa Premier League, 2011/12 / Most wickets Archived 23 January 2013 at Archive.is Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 February 2012
  3. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/series/527517.html
  4. ^ http://cricket-kenya.com/index.php?page=news&subpage=cricket&gid=192 Cricket Kenya Launches New Regional Competitions
  5. ^ http://cricket-kenya.com/index.php?page=news&subpage=cricket&gid=194 Cricket Kenya Launches New Regional Competitions
  6. ^ Cricket Kenya unveil new look East Africa show http://cricketkenya.co.ke/news_details.php?news_id=108 Retrieved 17-08-2013
  7. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/squad/index.html?object=659951, East Africa Premier League, 2013
  8. ^ Broadcast boost for new cricket competitions Sports Pro. Retrieved 2 February 2012
  9. ^ Supersport extends deal to cover East Africa competitions Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 February 2012