Shpageeza Cricket League

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Shpageeza Cricket League
شپږیزه کريکټ لیګ
Shpagiza league logo.png
The logo of the Afghan T20 cricket league.
CountriesAfghanistan Afghanistan
AdministratorAfghanistan Cricket Board,
SCL Department
FormatTwenty20
First edition2013
Latest edition2020
Tournament formatRound-robin and Playoffs
Number of teamsSix (6)
Current championKabul Eagles (2nd title)
Most successfulKabul Eagles , Speen Ghar Tigers (2 titles)[1]
TVRTA
2020 Shpageeza season
WebsiteCricket.af
Shpageeza.af

The Shpageeza Cricket League (SCL, also known as the Alokozay Cola Shpageeza Cricket League for sponsorship reasons) (Pashto: شپږیزه کريکټ لیګ‎) is a Twenty20 cricket tournament organized by the Afghanistan Cricket Board every year in Afghanistan. The Shpageeza tournament is established with six franchises, including players from the national team, overseas, players from the ‘A’ team and players from the under 19 team as well as elite performers from the respective regions participating in this tournament. In addition, ACB has given the league an identity by franchising all team while players will be selected through a draft for each team.

The ultimate goal of this 12-day tournament is promoting cricket and sport in Afghanistan and establishing peace through sport. The tournament is broadcast live on Afghanistan’s prominent channel 1TV using HD quality production standards, and the tournament is commercialized by franchising and marketing each team to a company/organization. Through the design and broadcast of this tournament, Afghans will have firsthand access to watch their national players in their home ground.

History[edit]

The League was established in 2013 titled as Shpageeza Cricket Tournament. Five regional teams participated in the event and it was a successful initiative by Afghanistan Cricket Board. The champion of the first league was Spin Ghar Tigers for the inaugural edition of the tournament. The matches were telecast by Shamshad TV. The second edition in 2014 was conducted with the same number of teams, representing five regions in the country. Mis-e-Ainak Knights won the title championship.[2] Gulbadin Naib was named Man of the tournament; Noor Ali Zadran was the best batsman and Rokhan Barekzai was named the best bowler of this edition.[3] The matches were telecast on 1TV.[4][5] Starting from the 2017 season, the ICC granted List A status to the Twenty20 domestic competition (List A rather than Twenty20 status as Afghanistan did not have a domestic 50-over tournament).[6][7] In May 2017 however, the ICC recognised Afghanistan's 50-over Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament by granting it List A status[8] and matches in the 2017 Shpageeza cricket league are classified as Twenty20 status.

Teams[edit]

Shpageeza Cricket League was played among 5 regions of Afghanistan but a sixth team Kabul Eagles, officially sponsored by Aatif Mashal was added in the 2015 edition. Following teams participate in the Shpageeza T20 Tournament:

Team Region Provinces Home Ground Debut Wins
Amo Sharks
Amo Nahagan
Amo Balkh, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Samangan, Sar-e Pol, Jowzjan, Faryab Balkh Cricket Stadium, Mazar-i-Sharif
Kunduz Cricket Ground, Kunduz
2013 N/A
Band-e-Amir Dragons
Band-e-Amir Khamaran
Band-e-Amir Ghazni, Bamyan, Parwan, Panjshir, Daykundi, Maidan Wardak Ghazni Cricket Ground, Ghazni 2013 1 (2017)
Boost Defenders
Boost Satunki
Boost Kandahar, Helmand, Herat, Farah, Ghor, Badghis, Urozgan, Nimroz, Zabul Kandahar International Cricket Stadium, Kandahar 2013 N/A
Kabul Eagles
Kabul Bazan
Kabul Kabul Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground, Kabul 2015 2 (2016, 2020)
Mis Ainak Knights
Mis Ainak Atalan
Mis Ainak Khost, Logar, Paktia, Paktika Khost Cricket Stadium, Khost 2013 1 (2014, 2019)
Spin Ghar Tigers
Spin Ghar Zmaryan
Spin Ghar Nangarhar, Laghman, Kapisa, Kunar, Nuristan [9] Ghazi Amanullah International Cricket Stadium, Jalalabad 2013 2 (2013, 2015)

Sponsors[edit]

TV rights[edit]

The TV rights were won by the Afghan channel named 1TV.

The state owned channels RTA and RTA Sports are the broadcasters of the 2019 and 2020 editions.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shpageeza T20 Tournament 2014". espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  2. ^ "2014 Season Cricket Schedule - Upcoming Cricket Calendar: Shpageeza T20 Tournament, Aug-Sep 2014 (in Afghanistan)". ESPNcricinfo.com. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Shpageeza Cricket League Betting Tips - Latest Afghan T20 Cup Tips". CricBetLive. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  4. ^ "SCL 2017 Live Streaming & TV Channel, Afghanistan Shpageeza Cricket League 2017". CricketZine. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  5. ^ "1TV Afghanistan Live - About 1TV Afghanistan". Afghan Online TV Channels. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Afghanistan domestic competitions awarded first-class and List A status". ESPN Cricinfo. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  7. ^ "In Principle Agreement to Constitutional and Financial Changes to ICC". International Cricket Council. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  8. ^ "ICC Recognizes Afghanistan's Domestic ODI Tournament As List A League". Bakhtar News. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Domestic Cricket in Afghanistan". Afghanistan Cricket Board. Archived from the original on 6 September 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.

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