The upcoming 2nd edition of the American Premier League is poised to reignite the India-Pakistan cricket rivalry, captivating audiences worldwide at the Moosa Cricket Stadium in Houston, Texas, on December 24.
The marquee clash between Premium Indians and Premium Paks has been dubbed the 'Super Match.' Premium Indians, featuring the talents of fast bowler S. Sreesanth and all-rounder Stuart Binny, will face off against Premium Paks, represented by Sohail Tanvir, Usman Qadir, and Fawad Alam.
The 'Super Match' promises to be a spectacle not only for fans in the USA but for cricket enthusiasts globally. S. Sreesanth, looking to recapture the magic of the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup final, expressed his anticipation, saying, "Playing against Pakistan and winning has been a real high for me. I am really looking forward to playing the 'Super Match' against Premium Paks and hopefully, I will help Premium Indians come on top this time as well."
Sohail Tanvir, the left-handed Pakistani cricketer, who was the top wicket-taker in the first edition of the Indian Premier League, shared his excitement, stating, "Playing against India is always special for me. You are overwhelmed with emotions and nervousness while playing against them, and I am really excited that I’ve got another opportunity to represent Pakistan in a rivalry match."
The tournament, running from December 19 to 31, will feature a total of seven teams: Premium Afghans, Premium Americans, Premium Aussies, Premium Canadians, Premium Indians, Premium Paks, and Premium Windies. Each team must have a minimum of one and a maximum of two national players, adhering to ICC guidelines mandating nine local (American) players in every 15-member team squad. A maximum of six international players will be allowed in the playing XI.
Jay Mir, Founder and CEO of APL, emphasized the aim of providing fans with a unique experience and high-intensity cricketing action. The inaugural season of APL took place in the spring of 2021 in New Jersey, with the league receiving sanctioning from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the USA Cricket board in May of the same year, paving the way for the eagerly anticipated 2nd edition.
(With Agency Inputs)