Four teams for APL cricket

22Feb 2017
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Four teams for APL cricket

DAR ES SALAAM cricketers have an opportunity to put their skills on show in this year’s Advanced Players League (APL), which has been slated to take place in the city from early next month.

TATA team’s batsman Issa Kikasi (R) attempts to hit the ball during the previous APL cricket in Dar es Salaam as Marafiki.com wicket keeper attentively looks on.

The event, which is hosted by Dar es Salaam Regional Cricket Committee (DRCC) under the auspices of the Tanzania Cricket Association (TCA), gears towards raising the standard of the game domestically.

DRCC official, Sanjay Bhatia, disclosed four outfits, Veecom Warriors, Maxx Changers, Twiga Stars and Saint Gobain Strikers will play in the 20-over formatted tournament.

Foreign professionals, as it was the case in the previous editions of the APL, will grace the tournament, as disclosed by Bhatia.

The DRCC official revealed three 50-over games pitting the APL professionals against a TCA outfit, made up of players that also feature for the national cricket team, will precede the event.

TCA team will play the APL professionals in the opening game at the University of Dar es Salaam venue on Sunday. The remaining two games, which will be played at the same venue, have been slated for Monday and Wednesday.

Teams that will play in this year’s APL, Bhatia said, will, as well, participate in six-a-side games, which have been slated to take place at the University of Dar es Salaam venue on Thursday.

The opening duel will pit Maxx Changers against Twiga Stars, followed by the game between Veecom Warriors against Saint Gobain Strikers.

The remaining six-a-side games will see Veecom Warriors face Twiga Stars, Saint Gobain Strikers lock horns with Maxx Changers, Twiga Stars play Veecom Warriors. Twiga Stars will wrap up the day by meeting Saint Gobain Strikers.

The opening game of the 20-over formatted event will see Twiga Stars confront Saint Gobain Strikers in the morning, followed by the game pitting Veecom Warriors against Maxx Changers.

Meanwhile, Aces African Fighters will confront Caravans in the DRCC Pro 10 competition’s Division A’s game that will take pllace at the Leaders Club venue on Saturday.

The game had previously been penned for the last weekend at the same venue but the regional cricket governing body opted to change the game’s date because of unavailability of the venue.

The day will also see Boom Boom face Gymkhana at the same venue shortly thereafter.
In the DRCC T20 tournament, Estim Eleven will play Gymkhana at the latter’s venue the following day.