In a major blow to Uganda Cricket, the I’ll-fated Afro T20 Cricket League has been forced to cancel after organizers faced difficulty in arranging the tournament following issues with player clearance, payment dues & other logistic issues.
After ICC advised the overseas professionals due to take part in the league to get respective cricket board NOC’s, several Pakistan players were granted the same by Pakistan Cricket Board. However, the delay in getting the clearances caused the organizers to abandon the event after playing only few warm-up matches building up to the main draw.
Pakistani cricketers boycotted #AfroT20 league in #Uganda due to non payment, league got cancelled, Amir Sohail & @REALsaeedajmal make arrangements for 22 Pak players to get back home safely. #welldone #cricket pic.twitter.com/JWGixUtScK
— Ubaid Awan (@UbaidAwan) December 20, 2017
The event was moved out of Kenya due to political instability issues and rescheduled in Kampala, Uganda.
Several overseas players from Pakistan, India, West Indies, UAE, USA, Afghanistan & others were due to play in the T20 league. A valuable opportunity is lost for domestic players from Uganda to play with Internationals players on live television. It would have impacted Uganda Cricket in a big way.
But for now, all is lost and one hopes that the tournament does take place in the near future.