Everyday a new leagues start; it is a win for the game of cricket. This not only helps to improve the quality of the games but it also helps in increasing the popularity of the game as well. Afghanistan is becoming famous and is cementing its place n world cricket. They have some quality players and the APL will definitely hep their young players by giving them the exposure that they require. These players will get a chance to play with world class places like Andre Russel, Chris gayle etc. This will also help to keep these new and small countries hooked with the game at all points.
Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah
We can witness another spectacle of the game of cricket on this batting loving ground. The pitch condition might be impacted due to the continuous matches being played. However if there is any ground which can be prepared for games in a jiffy then Sharjah is one of those ground.
|Matches won batting first||9|
|Matches won bowling first||4|
|Average 1st Inns scores||149|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||131|
|Highest total recorded||215/6 (20 Ov) by AFG vs ZIM|
|Lowest total recorded||90/10 (19.1 Ov) by AFG vs NED|
|Highest score chased||140/3 (17.3 Ov) by AFG vs SCO|
|Lowest score defended||154/8 (20 Ov) by Eng vs PAK|
They would be very happy with the way they played their first game. They were dominating for the most part, which led to the death of motivation in the other team. It was pretty evident that they will not be playing as an underdog team. The players that they have can pack a punch. They might be on the second rank in points table but the convincing win that they had could tell a different story. They showed an excellent batting performance putting the opposition in a lot of pressure. They might want to try the winning combination once again.
They might have lost their first match forcing them to the bottom of the points table but one match cannot define the team in a league, the team has potential in players like Brendon McCullum, Paul Stirling, Asghar Afghan and others. They just need to tap in this powerhouse properly. The batting was good in the last match but they couldn’t defend it. So they will have to work a little on their bowling. They might also try to play the same team and see what the outcome is of the second match before making any team change.
|Balkh Legends||Kandahar Knights|
|Colin Munro||Brendon McCullum|
|Usman Ghani||Paul Stirling|
|Ravi Bopara||Ashgar Afghan (C)|
|Ryan ten Doeschate||Najibullah Zadran|
|Darwish Rasooli||Karim Sadiq (WK)|
|Mohammad Nabi (c)||Kevin O Brien|
|Ikram Ali Khil (wk)||Karim Janat|
|Gulbadin Naib||Amli Hamza|
|Mirwais Ashraf||Tymal Mills|
|Ben Laughlin||Waqar Salemkheil|
|Aftab Alam||Sayed Shirjad|