Afghanistan Premier League's second edition postponed to 2020

The second edition of the Afghanistan Premier League has been postponed to 2020 over payment and commercial rights issues.

The Afghanistan Cricket League was held in the UAE in October, last year.   -  Sandeep Saxena

The second edition of the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) has been postponed to 2020 after Afghanistan Cricket Board scrapped the league's sanction and commercial rights agreement with Snixer Sports over failure to pay the complete rights fees.

In a statement, the ACB stated, "The failure by Snixer Sports to pay the complete rights fees of the first edition as per the fees and payment schedule of the agreement, and concerns about risks for integrity of the league posed by people connected to Snixer Sports are the reasons for termination that form material breaches of the agreement."

The league was held in the UAE in October, last year.

The Board has also written to the Attorney General's Office of the Government of Afghanistan to "fully investigate the administrative allegations of corruption in the league" and that it remained committed to "ensuring transparency in all its affairs and is accountable to all stakeholders."

A tender for sanction and commercial rights to the second season of the league will be issued in due course.

The APL is the second T20 league to run into problems in as many months. In August, the inaugural season of the Euro T20 Slam was postponed indefinitely, only two weeks prior to its scheduled start.

Last year, top cricketers like Chris Gayle and Shahid Afridi had featured in the Afghanistan league.