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Stage set for APL cricket

21st January 2013
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Kazim Nasser, TCA official

The annual Advanced Players cricket League, APL, organised by Tanzania Cricket Association, will be held for four days at the Leaders Club in Dar es Salaam starting from Thursday.

An official of the organising committee from TCA Kazim Nasser said preparations for the league are complete as fans should stay tuned to entertainment as New Year unfolds.

 The league inaugurated in 2009 has attracted four franchise teams of Castle Lager Rockets (Tanzania Breweries Ltd), Dikdiks (Dar International Cricketers), Gyproc Strikers (Gyproc- Saint Gobain) and Maxx Changers (Maxx Bureau De Change). 
 
A total of twelve professional players from South Africa, Kenya, India and United Kingdom are expected to join the competing teams during the tournament. 
 
South African players are Wayne Kylander, Brian Tyrone Isitt and Willem Mostert. 
Kenyan players are Maurice Ouma, Alex Oband and Nehemiah Odhiambo. 
 
Indian players are Shrideep Mangela, Jaideep Pardesi and Raunaq Sharma. 
United Kingdom players are Richard Wilkinson, Timothy Morgan and Christopher Watling.
 
This year event will help to assist the National team players in its preparations for the ICC Africa Division One tournament to be held in Kampala from February 22.
 
A total of 44 domestic club players will get opportunity to rub shoulders and test their skills with the professionals.
 
The opening game of the event will be from 3.00 pm at the event’s ground as 
Between Gyproc Strikers meet Maxx Changers.
 
The finals will be played at the same venue on Sunday at 2.30 pm. 
 
On 29 January there will be two Twenty20 games between the APL professionals v TCA combine team. 
 
Fixtures of the event and team list with profile of players will be released with ahead of the opening game.
 
However, Nasser declined to comment whether the foreign based players have already arrived or when are they expected to jet in. He also failed to unveil the line-up of umpires.
 
Since its introduction in 2009, the APL cricket has been a huge attraction to cricket fans as well as sharpening skills of the domestic cricketers. 
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN