Kashmir Premier League: A chance for Kashmiri players to gain limelight

The inaugural release of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL 2021) is to run from 6th to 17th August in Muzaffarabad. Following the first-ever edition of the contest promoting the sports community in Azad and Jammu Kashmir, the authorities are incited to welcome the league with nurturing incantations. 

Ahead of finalizing the squads for the six franchises, the KPL 2021 draft got down and dusted on 3rd July with all the teams picking their preferences as per the pick order. These six franchises are entitled Bagh Stallions, Kotli Lions, Muzaffarabad Tigers, Overseas Warriors, Mirpur Royals, and Rawalpur Hawks. There is no disclosure concerning the addition of new teams to the Kashmir Premier League in later versions. 

The league provides a vast forum for the AJK talent to gain limelight alongside boosting their cricketing skills. Keeping the aims and objectives of the KPL, a notable proportion of Kashmiri players have been appended in the emerging category. 

Whilst revealing the squads, the KPL franchises picked the following players from the list of available ones:

Kashmir Premier League 2021 Squads:

Bagh Stallions:

  • Icon player: Shadab Khan
  • Overseas category: Phil Mustard
  • Platinum category: Shan Masood
  • Diamond category: Umaid Asif, Iftikhar Ahmed
  • Gold category: Rohail Nazir, Mohammad Ilyas, 
  • Silver category: Zeeshan Malik, Mohammad Imran, Usman Mughal
  • Emerging category: Zeeshan Zameer, Furqan Shafiq, Safyan Moqeem, Mohammad Junaid, Amir Sohail

Overseas Warriors:

  • Icon player: Imad Wasim
  • Overseas Category: Herschelle Gibbs
  • Platinum category: Haider Ali
  • Diamond category: Azam Khan, Sohail Khan
  • Gold category: Mohammad Musa, Haris Sohail
  • Silver category: Abbas Afridi, Qasim Akram, Hammad Azam
  • Emerging category: Uthman Ali Khan, Rashid Naseer, Naveed Ahmed, Waleed Ahmed, M Raza ul Mustafa

Kotli Lions:

  • Icon player: Fakhar Zaman
  • Overseas Category: Monty Panesar
  • Platinum category: Kamran Akmal
  • Diamond category: Asif Ali, Usman Qadir
  • Gold category: Imran Khan, Akif Javed
  • Silver category: Junaid Ali, Khalid Usman, Irfanullah Shah
  • Emerging category: Hasan Raza, Yasir Jan, Abdul Rehman, Syed Hashim Ali, Abdullah Syed

Rawalakot Hawks:

  • Icon player: Shahid Afridi
  • Overseas category: Matt Prior
  • Platinum category: Mohammad Hasnain
  • Diamond category: Husain Talat, Ahmed Shehzad
  • Gold category: Danish Aziz, Waqas Maqsood
  • Silver category: Zafar Gohar, Bismillah Khan, Imran Randhawa
  • Emerging category: Kashir Ali, Faisal Altaf, Zaman Khan, Samiullah Afridi, Shahid Ilyas

Mirpur Royals:

  • Icon player: Shoaib Malik
  • Overseas category: Owais Shah
  • Platinum category: Sharjeel Khan
  • Diamond category: Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Irfan
  • Gold category: Salman Irshad, Amad Butt
  • Silver category: Mukhtar Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Ikhlaq
  • Emerging category: Shadab Majeed, Daniyal Allah Ditta, Mohammad Taha, Ibtesam ul Haq, Ammad Alam

Muzaffarabad Tigers:

  • Icon player: Mohammad Hafeez
  • Overseas Category: Tillakaratne Dilshan
  • Platinum category: Sohail Tanveer
  • Diamond category: Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Wasim
  • Gold category: Arshad Iqbal, Zeeshan Ashraf
  • Silver category: Sohail Akhtar, Anwar Ali, Usama Mir
  • Emerging category: Arsalan Arif, Tahir Hussain, Inzamam ul Haq, Taimoor Sultan, Usman Arshad

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