Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Andre Russell, Rashid Khan and Brendon McCullum have been named icon players for their respective franchises featuring in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League, which commences from October 5 to 21 in the UAE.
The five franchises in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League are Paktia, Kabul, Balkh, Nangarhar and Kandahar. The draft took place Monday night in Dubai, in which each team had to select between 17 and 20 players, with five overseas and one associate player mandatory in the squad.
Nine players from Pakistan, which include Mohammad Irfan, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Nawaz, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Faheem Ashraf, have been picked up to feature in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League.
The full squad list is as follows:
Chris Gayle (Icon Player), Colin Munro, Mohammad Nabi, Ravi Bopara, Aftab Alam, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Irfan, Ben Laughlin, Kamran Akmal, Qais Ahmad, Usman Ghani, Ikram Ali Khil, Ryan ten Doeschate
Rashid Khan (Icon Player), Laurie Evans, Javed Ahmadi, Farid Malik, Colin Ingram, Luke Ronchi, Hazrat Zazai, Sohail Tanvir, Wayne Parnell, Shahidullah Kamal, Muslim Musa, Afsar Zazai, Mohammad Asghar Hotak
Brendon McCullum (Icon Player), Sam Billings, Karim Janat, Najib Zadran, Paul Sterling, Wahab Riaz, Asghar Stanikzai, Tymal Mills, Iftikhar Ahmad, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq, Sayed Shirzad, Mohammad Naveed
Andre Russell (Icon Player), Mushfiqur Rahim, Najib Tarakai, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Ben Cutting, Tamim Iqbal, Mujeeb Zadran, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohammad Hafeez, Rahmat Shah, Naveen ul Haq, Zahir Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane
Shahid Afridi (Icon Player), Samiullah Shinwari, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Cameron Delrport, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Shahzad, Chris Jordan, Luke Wright, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Faheem Ashraf, Zia ur Rahman Akbar, Calum McLeod