Kings to face Patriots in EPL opener

athmandu, December 17

The trophy of the TVS Everest Premier League, a premier Twenty20 cricket tournament to be held at the Tribhuvan University Stadium from Monday, was unveiled here today.

EPL Pvt Ltd Managing Director Aamir Akhtar, team owners and their marquee players unveiled the trophy amidst a programme which was attended by the ambassadors from India, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Australia apart from former Indian cricketer Arun Lal and Columnist Amrit Mathur among others.

Akhtar said the event was one of the biggest tournaments in Nepali cricket. “We are all set to witness the biggest cricketing event of the country,” he said. Akhtar also said that EPL was committed to provide the young talents with the best platform to perform. “The tournament is a dream come true for Nepal’s local talents as they are getting the opportunity to play alongside the likes of Sri Lankan all-rounder Farveez Maharoof,” said Akhtar, adding that players from Australia and England could be available from next edition.

A total of six city-based teams — Kathmandu Kings-XI, Lalitpur Patriots, Biratnagar Warriors, Bhairahawa Gladiators, Pokhara Rhinos and Chitwan Tigers — are competing in the tournament. The winners of the tournament will get Rs 2.1 million.

The inaugural match of the competition will be played between Kings-XI and Patriots. Kings-XI skipper Maharoof said his side comprised of young players who could win the title of the tournament.

“Our team is good with young players with lots of potential and are hungry to do well. As we are playing in the first match of the inaugural edition of the tournament, it will be a difficult one. I hope it will be a competitive match,” said Maharoof, who has featured in 22 Tests, 109 ODIs  and eight T20Is for Sri Lanka.

Similarly, Patriots skipper Gyanendra Malla said his side will come up with best result. “We have a balanced side and we had a good preparation,” said the national team vice-captain. “The match against Kings-XI could be a tough one but we will go for a win,” he added.

Meanwhile, Pokhara Rhinos unveiled the squad including three foreign players from Pakistan. The 30-year-old Israr Ullah of Peshawar, 26-year-old Ali Ashif of Islamabad and 26-year-old Taj Wali will feature for Rhinos, informed the team in a release.