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Kashmir Premier League
Kashmir Premier League (KPL) is a Twenty20 cricket league founded and organized by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). This league was founded in 2021 and its first edition will start on 6th August 2021. The final match of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) will be played on the 17th of August 2021.
Initially, it was decided that KPL will be organized in May but due to Corona Pandemic, the official league of Pakistan, PSL was postponed. Considering this, it was decided that Kashmir Premier League (KPL) will be held in the month of August.
The main purpose of this league is to promote this game of gentlemen, Cricket, in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). In this league, you will see the local boys and young cricketers of Azad Kashmir in action.
The entire tournament will be held in Muzaffarabad, the capital city of Azad Kashmir. The Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium has a capacity of 18,000 people which is good enough to host a tournament like KPL.
Kashmir Premier League Official Broadcast TV Channels
|Pakistan||PTV Sports & GEO Sports|
|Azad Kashmir||PTV Sports, GEO TV, & BSports|
|India||Will not telecast|
|USA, Canada||Hotstar, Willow TV|
|United Kingdom||Sky Sports Cricket|
|Sri Lanka||Digital TV, Channel Eye|
Kashmir Premier League Live Streaming
Though you can enjoy the live action of Kashmir Premier League 2021 through official broadcasting TV channels of KPL. But in case, you want to watch Kashmir Premier League live streaming, then you have various options.
You can watch the online live streaming of Kashmir Premier League on YouTube, GEO Super, PTV Sports, CricektGateway, and other official websites. These sites have the license to host the live streaming of KPL matches.
Kashmir Premier League Live Streaming in Pakistan
If you are in Pakistan, you can watch the live streaming of KPL on the website of GEO Super and PTV Sports. We will update the links during the live matches of KPL.
KPL Live Streaming on YouTube
The official YouTube channel of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and KPL will also stream the KPL matches live. Other than these options, it is possible that GEO Super or PTV sports also host live streaming of Kashmir Premier League all matches. We will update the links of all YouTube channels here during the live match of KPL 2021.
KPL 2021 Live Streaming for International Viewers
International viewers can also watch the live streaming of the Kashmir Premier League on the official YouTube channels and official websites which are listed above. Other than that, you can also get the ball by ball update and live score of all the matches of KPL here on our website.
Kashmir Premier League Teams
Pakistan Super League started with 5 teams but the KPL will be organized with a total of 6 teams right from the 1st edition of KPL. Out of 6 Kashmir Premier League teams, 5 teams will represent different cities of Azad Kashmir.
One team will represent the overseas Kashmiris who are living in different countries. The names of the 6 KPL teams are listed below:
- Muzaffarabad Tigers: This KPL team will represent the capital city Muzaffarabad, of Azad Kashmir which is the largest city in AJK. Mohammad Hafeez is the captain of the Muzaffarabad Tigers.
- Rawalakot Hawks: Rawalakot is the capital city of the Ponch District of Azad Kashmir. Rawalakot Hawks will represent this city and it will get a lot of support as Shahid Afridi will lead this team. Remember that, Shahid Khan Afridi is also the brand ambassador of the Kashmir Premier League.
- Bagh Stallions: Bagh Stallions will represent the Bagh District of Azad Kashmir in KPL 2021. Shadab Khan will lead the team in the 1st edition of KPL.
- Mirpur Royals: One of the most senior T20 batsmen of Pakistan, Shoaib Malik will lead Mirpur Royals in KPL 2021. Thi steam is representing the 2nd largest city of Azad Kashmir, Mirpur which is also known as New Mirpur City. Another great thing about Mirpur Royals is that Inzamam ul Haq, the greatest batsman of Pakistan will be the coach of this team.
- Kotli Lions: Wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal will lead Kotli Lions in the 1st edition of KPL. Kotli is the city and district of Azad Kashmir which is famous for its beauty and waterfalls. Allrounder Abdul Razaq will be the head coach of Kotli Lions.
- Overseas Warriors: As the name suggests, this team will represent those Kashmiris who migrated out of Kashmir and are living in other areas and countries. Imad Wasim will be the captain of the Overseas Warriors while Mushtaq Ahmad will be the coach.
Kashmir Premier League Schedule
Kashmir Premier League schedule is already announced and the first match of the 1st edition of KPL will be played on the 6th of August. The 1st edition of KPL will end on the 17th of August. Here you can check the complete KPL 2021 schedule and match results.
KPL Group Matches Schedule
|Fri, 06-Aug||Mirpur Royals vs. Rawalakot Hawks||Night: 8:30 PM|
|Sat, 07-Aug||Bagh Stallions vs. Kotli Lions||Day: 2:00 PM|
|Sat, 07-Aug||Overseas Warriors vs Muzaffarabad Tigers||Night: 7:30 PM|
|Sun, 08-Aug||Mirpur Royals vs Bagh Stallions||Day: 2:00 PM|
|Sun, 08-Aug||Rawalakot Hawks vs Kotli Lions||Night: 7:30 PM|
|Mon, 09-Aug||Overseas Warriors vs Mirpur Royals||Day: 2:00 PM|
|Mon, 09-Aug||Rawalakot Hawks vs Muzaffarabad Tigers||Night: 7:30 PM|
|Tue, 10-Aug||Muzaffarabad Tigers vs Kotli Lions||Day: 2:00 PM|
|Tue, 10-Aug||Bagh Stallions vs Overseas Warriors||Night: 7:30 PM|
|Wed, 11-Aug||Rawalakot Hawks vs Bagh Stallions||Day: 2:00 PM|
|Wed, 11-Aug||Kotli Lions vs Mirpur Royals||Night: 7:30 PM|
|Thu, 12-Aug||Bagh Stallions vs Muzaffarabad Stallions||Day: 10:00 AM|
|Thu, 12-Aug||Rawalakot Hawks vs Overseas Warriors||Day & Night: 3:30 PM|
|Fri, 13-Aug||Overseas Warriors vs Kotli Lions||Day: 2:00 PM|
|Fri, 13-Aug||Muzaffarabad Tigers vs Mirpur Royals||Night: 7:30 PM|
KPL 2021 Playoff Matches
The top four teams on the points table of KPL will qualify for the playoff matches. All the Playoff matches of the Kashmir Premier League will start at 4:00 PM according to Pakistan’s standard time.
|Sat, 14-Aug||Qualifier: Team 1 vs. Team 2|
|Sun, 15-Aug||Eliminator 1: Team 3 vs. Team 4|
|Mon, 16-Aug||Eliminator 2: Runner-up of Qualifier vs. Winner of Eliminator 1|
Kashmir Premier League Final Match
The final match of the Kashmir Premier League 2021 will be played between the winner of Qualifier and the winner of Eliminator 2. It will be played on Tuesday, 17th August. Starting time of the final match of KPL is not yet decided.
Kashmir Premier League Points Table
Brand Ambassador of KPL
Kashmir Premier League (Khelo Azadi Se) is a cricket event that promotes peace. Shahid Afridi who is a well-known allrounder cricketer all around the world is the brand ambassador of the Kashmir Primer League.
International Players in KPL
International players of Pakistan will participate in the Kashmir Premier League. Whereas, only a few overseas players will participate in the Kashmir Premier League.
Tillekeratne Dilshan, Herschelle Gibbs, and Monty Panesar were few prominent names who agreed to participate in the league. Since Kashmir Premier League is a small T20 cricket league that represents only one part of Pakistan i.e Azad Kashmir so PCB didn’t contact many players from the rest of the world.
Due to political differences with India, the BCCI is against KPL and it tried its level best to ban this league from ICC. After failing in this attempt, now BCCI is pressurizing the foreign players. It is reported that BCCI has pressurized South African players not to participate in KPL otherwise he will not be allowed to enter India for any cricket event in any capacity.
Herschelle Gibbs has criticized India and BCCI for these cheap tactics as he is willing to play for KPL. He said that he has no interest in the political disputes about the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan. He just wanted to play cricket in any cricket league.
Completely unnecessary of the @BCCI to bring their political agenda with Pakistan into the equation and trying to prevent me playing in the @kpl_20 . Also threatening me saying they won’t allow me entry into India for any cricket related work. Ludicrous 🙄
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) July 31, 2021
Whereas, the English player, Montey Panesar announced in a tweet that he will not play KPL as he changed his mind. He said that his participation will confuse him due to the Kashmir dispute between the two cricket-playing nations. But according to reports, he was also pressurized by the BCCI unofficially.
I have decided not to participate in the KPL because of the political tensions between India and Pakistan over kashmir issues. I don’t want to be in the middle of this , it would make me feel uncomfortable. #KPL2021 #Kashmir #india #Cricket #Pakistan #ENGvIND #TheHundred
— Monty Panesar (@MontyPanesar) August 1, 2021
Kashmir Premier League All Teams Squad
Most of the local players and international players of Pakistan are participating in the Kashmir Premier League. Here you can check the KPL all teams squad.
Overseas Warriors Squad
Allrounder Imad Wasim is the icon player of the Overseas Warriors team of KPL. Here you check the full squad of Overseas Warriors. Herschelle Gibbs is the player in the overseas category who pulled himself out of the tournament after threats from BCCI.
Rawalakot Hawks Squad
The legendary cricketer Shahid Afridi is the icon player of Rawalakot Hawks whereas Matt Prior is the overseas player. Check full squad of Rawalakot Hawks here.
Mirpur Royals Squad
Shoaib Malik is the icon player and captain of Mirpur Royals. Owais Shah is the overseas player for Mirpur Royals. Check full squad of Mirpur Royals.
Here you can see the full squad of the Muzaffarabad Tigers team of Kashmir Premier League. Mohammad Hafeez is the icon player and captain of Muzaffarabad Tigers whereas Tillekeratne Dilshan from Srilanka is the overseas player.
Bagh Stallions Squad
For the 1st edition of the Kashmir Premier League, Shadab Khan will be the captain and icon player of Bagh Stallions. Phil Mustard is the overseas player for Bagh Stallions in KPL 2021.
Kotli Lions Squad
For Kotli Lions, opening batsman Fakhar Zaman is the icon player whereas wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal is the captain of Kotli Lions. Monty Panesar is the overseas player who already pulled out of the tournament due to the pressure and threats from BCCI.
Official Singer of KPL
The legendary singer of Pakistan who is famous all over the world including India, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is the official singer of Kashmir Premier League 2021. He has sung the official anthem song for KPL 2021 as well.
Khelo Azadi Se | KPL Azadi Anthem
Watch and enjoy the official anthem song of the Kashmir Premier League in the voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.