Shpageeza Cricket League
The logo of the Afghan T20 cricket league.
|Administrator||Afghanistan Cricket Board,|
|Tournament format||Round-robin and Playoffs|
|Number of teams||Six (6)|
|Current champion||Band-e-Amir Dragons (1st title)|
|Most successful||Spin Ghar Tigers (2 titles)|
|Most runs||Mohammad Shahzad (762) Kabul Eagles (current)|
|Most wickets||Rahmat Shah (36) Mis Ainak Knights (current)|
|2017 Shpageeza season|
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.
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 telecasted from Shamshad TV. The second edition was conducted with the same number of team each representing out five regions in the country. Mis-e-Ainak Knights won the title championship. Gulbadin Naib was named Man of the tournament; Noor Ali was the best batsman and Rokhan Barekzai was named the best bowler of this edition. The matches were telecast on 1TV. 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). In May 2017 however, the ICC recognised Afghanistan's 50-over Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament by granting it List A status and matches in the 2017 Shpageeza cricket league are classified as Twenty20 status.
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:
- Amo Sharks (Amo Nahangan), captained by Afghan national medium fast bowler Mirwais Ashraf and coached by Gordon Parsons. The team represents the provinces of Balkh, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Samangan, Sar-e Pol, Jowzjan and Faryab.
- Band-e-Amir Dragons (Band-e-Amir Khamaran), captained by Afghan star leg spinner Rashid Khan Arman and coached by Indian coach Umesh Patwal. Which represents the provinces of Ghazni, Bamyan, Parwan, Panjshir, Daykundi and Maidan Wardak.
- Boost Defenders (Boost Satunki), captained by Afghan left arm fast bowler Shapoor Zadran and coached by Adam Hollioake. The team represents the provinces of Kandahar, Helmand, Herat, Farah, Ghor, Badghis, Urozgan, Nimroz and Zabul.
- Kabul Eagles (Kabul Bazan), captained by national side captain Asghar Stanikzai and coached by Augustin Logie. It represents Kabul Province. The team was added to the league in 2015. The team was the champions of the league in 2016.
- Mis Ainak Knights (Mis Ainak Atalan), captained by former Afghan national captain Mohammad Nabi and coached by Andy Moles. The team represents the provinces of Khost, Logar, Paktia and Paktika. The team was the champions of the league in 2014.
- Spin Ghar Tigers (Spin Ghar Zmaryan), captained by Afghan star batsman Shafiqullah Shafaq and coached by Herschelle Gibbs. The team represents the provinces of Nangarhar, Laghman, Kapisa, Kunar and Nuristan. The team was the champion of the league in 2013 and 2015.
Shpageeza Cricket League (SCL) 2017
Amo Sharks Owner: Al-Masafi
Coach: Gordon James Parsons (England)
Full Squad: Mirwais Ashraf (c), Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan), Afsar Zazai (wk), Dawlat Khan, Fazal Zazai, Imran Mohammadi, Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe), Mohammad Alam, Najeeb Tarakai, Nasir Totakhil, Nawab Khan, Richard Ngarava (Zimbabwe), Noor-ul-Haq Malekzai, Perwez Malikzai, Rahmatullah Sahaq, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Tahir Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai and Yousuf Zazai
Band-e-Amir Dragons Owner: Paragons
Coach: Umesh Patwal (India)
Full Squad: Rashid Khan (c), Amin Shinwari, Arif Khan, Fitratullah Khawari, Habib Sultani, Hazratullah, Javed Ahmadi, Luke Jongwe (Zimbabwe), Muslim Musa, Najibullah Zadran, Qasim Orya-Khalil (wk), Rahmat Shah, Denesh Ramdin (West Indies) (wk), Samim Sultani, Shahidullah, Glenton Anric Stuurman (South Africa), Tahsin Sultani and Wahab Shinwari
Boost Defenders Owner: Arif Azim Group of Companies
Coach: Adam Hollioake (England)
Full Squad: Shapoor Zadran (c), Abdul Baqi, Cameron Delport (South Africa), Rayad Emrit (West Indies), Fazal Niazai, Gulbadin Naib, Juma Gul, Jeevan Mendis (Sri Lanka), Mujeeb Zadran, Munir Ahmad, Nasir Khan Jan, Nawroz Mangal, Shabir Noori, Tariq Stanikzai, Morne van Wyk (South Africa) (wk), Waheedullah Shafaq, Waqar Ishakqai and Zia-ur-Rehman
Kabul Eagles Owner: General Petroleum (GP)
Coach: Augustin Logie (West Indies)
Full Squad: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Abdullah Mazari, Fareed Ahmad, Hamid Hassan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Imran Janat, Karim Janat, Karim Sadiq, Khalibar Omar, Solomon Mire (Zimbabwe), Mohammad Ibrahim, Mohammad Sardar, Richmond Mutumbami (Zimbabwe) (wk), Sayed Nasratullah, Qais Ahmad, Sayed Abdullah, Shawkat Zaman and Zeeshan Maqsood (Oman)
Mis Ainak Nights Owner: Wazirzai Group of Companies
Coach: Andy Moles (England)
Full Squad: Mohammad Nabi (c), Bahar Shinwari, Ryan Burl (Zimbabwe), Darwish Rasooli, Dawlat Zadran, Ghamai Zadran, Ibrahim Zadran, Ihsanullah, Nasir Jamal, Naveen-ul-Haq, Nawaz Khan, Nisar Wahdat, Rahim Mangal, Rahman Gul (wk), Vusi Sibanda (Zimbabwe), Sikandar Raza Butt (Zimbabwe), Zahir Shehzad, Zamir Khan and Zia-ul-Haq Esa
Spin Ghar Tigers Owner: Muslimyar Group
Coach: Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)
Full Squad: Shafiqullah Shafaq (c), Abdullah Adil, Abdul Wasi, Aftab Alam, Amir Hamza, Batin Shah, Bilal Khan (Oman), Elton Chigumbura (Zimbabwe), Tendai Chisoro (Zimbabwe), Fazal Haq, Haji Murad Muradi (wk), Nijat Masood, Noor Ali Zadran, Rokhan Barakzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Usman Ghani and Younas Ahmadzai
The TV rights are won by the Afghan channel named 1TV.
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