The world of cricket is changing. There are a lot of new team who are banging on the doors to enter the coveted ICC team rankings. Leagues like IPL, BPL, PPL, CPL have given a great platform for the local talents of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Winides to show what they can do and learn at the same time respectively. These league matches also acts as scouting grounds for potential national team players. The way Afghanistan has emerged in world cricket in last two years is praise-worthy. This Afghanistan Premier league will help solidify their position in world cricket.
Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah
The famous Sharjah stadium has been a witness to some memorable events of cricket. The pitch has always been good for batsmen so the matches will continue to be high scoring games.
|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|
Riding high on their first victory they will be coming to this match all prepared, to take on another obstacle. They played really well and looked really confident. The target was not easy to chase but they crossed it with ease. It didn’t look even for a minute in the match that the players are not accustomed of each other. The coordination between the players was good. One reason for this could be the experience they have in players such as Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman. They have been playing the league matches all over the world. They have understood how things work and what they need to do. Ben cutting as a captain looked promising. They might not make any changes in the team.
They will be coming to this match with a lot of pressure. They have just lost the first match of APL 2018. The execution was good but they could not see it through. They will have to take the advantage of maturity in Shahzad and Sikandar Raza. The team looks good and they should not make any abrupt decision based on only match. They will have to shake down the baggage of the first loss. There are a lot of games left and that is what they should focus on. They might come with the same team as well.
|Nangarhar Leopards||Paktia Panthers|
|Johnson Charles||Shahid Afridi|
|Anton Devcich||Calum MacLeod|
|Najeeb Tarakai||Samiullah Shenwari|
|Rahmat Shah||Mohammad Shahzad (c & wk)|
|Hashmatullah Shahidi||Sikandar Raza|
|Shafiqullah Shafiq (WK)||Cameron Delport|
|Ben Cutting (c)||Ihsanullah Janat|
|Mitchell McClenaghan||Sharafuddin Ashraf|
|Mujeeb Ur Rahman||Zia-ur-Rehman|
|Zahir Khan||Yousuf Zazai|