KABUL: Two Irish cricketers are excited about playing for the Kandahar Knights in the inaugural edition of Afghanistan Premier League, commencing this week in Sharjah.
Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien are part of the Kandahar Knights, which will be led by Brendon McCullum, according to BBC.
“I’m delighted to be heading over with Stirlo [Stirling] to Sharjah to join the Kandahar Knights,” O’Brien was quoted as saying.
The 34-year-old received a late call-up to the Knights squad. “The call came late last week that I was being offered an opportunity in the APL and it took a matter of seconds for me to say yes.”
For his part, Stirling thinks their participation in the event will benefit Ireland’s future T20 efforts.
“With the World T20 Qualifier around the corner next year, I think it’s really important to have Irish players at these tournaments, bringing the experiences gained back into the Ireland set-up.”
Organized by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), APL is scheduled to be held from October 05 to October 21 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
It features 23 matches, including twenty playoff matches (each team playing each other twice), two semi-finals, and the final.
The Kabul Times