THE Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA) has released fixtures for this year's Advanced Players League (APL), which will kick off at the Leaders Club ground in Dar es Salaam on Thursday.
The tournament is organized by the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA), with a view to improving the performance of local players by providing regular 50 overs and Twenty/20 competitive opportunities to players who are keen to play competitive games. Four Franchise teams will participate in the league.
They are Castle lager Rockets (Tanzania Breweries Ltd) Dikdiks (Dar International Cricketers). Event coordinator Kazim Nasser said the curtain raiser game of the event will pit Gyproc Strikers and Maxx Changers to take place at Leaders Club ground on Thursday, while two matches will be played on Friday.
The morning match will pit Castle lager rockets and Dikdiks at the same venue, while Dikdiks will confront Gyproc Strikers in the afternoon. On Saturday morning Maxx Changers will play against Castle Lager Rockets while in the afternoon Castle Lager Rockets will lock horns with Gyproc Strikers.
The final will be played on Sunday afternoon and it will be preceded by the morning match between Dikdiks and Maxx Changers. Nasser said that on January 29, there will be two T20 games between the APL professionals and TCA combine team.
At least 12 professional cricket players from South Africa, Kenya, India and UK will join four local teams for this year's event. Nasser named South African players to join the local sides as Wayne Kylander, Brian Tyrone Isitt and Willem Mostert, while Kenyan players are Maurice Ouma , Alex Obanda and Nehemiah Odhiambo.
He named Indian players as Shrideep Mangela, Jaideep Pardesi and, Raunaq Sharma, while those coming from UK will be Richard Wilkinson, Timothy organ and Christopher Watling. The APL 2013 will be the fifth edition of the event. The inaugural event took place in 2009.