Visakhapatnam set to host first Andhra Premier League from Wednesday – Reuters
VISAKHAPATNAM: Vizag is ready to host the first Andhra Premier League T20 at the ACA VDCA stadium from Wednesday.
The APL, a brainchild of the Andhra Cricket Association, will be an ideal platform for local players to showcase their talent, according to the ACA spokesperson. A player auction was held for six franchisees and 120 players were selected from a field of over 300. The APL will take place on the lines of IPL and will be broadcast live.
Teams include Vizag Warriors, Bezawada Tigers, Coastal Riders, Godavari Titans, Rayalaseema Kings and Uttarandhra Lions. The inaugural match will be played between Coastal Riders and Godavari Titans at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Each team will play five matches. The Eliminator 1 and Qualifiers 1 and 2 matches will take place on July 15 and 16. The tournament will conclude with a grand final on July 17.
Meanwhile, the local Vizag Warriors team prepares for the tournament. It will meet Bezawada Tigers in its opening game. Vizag Warriors franchisee and Pulsus Group CEO Srinubabu Gedela said that Vizag Warriors in the APL is a brand of Vizag.
After launching the Warriors logo and theme song on Tuesday, he felt very happy to win the home team franchisee as he studied and grew as a great entrepreneur in Visakhapatnam.
He said they would encourage rural cricket talents to become national and international players. The APL is an ideal platform to enter the IPL and become an international player. There has been a great demand for Vizag Warriors among all APL franchisees. Therefore, they quoted the highest bid for Vizag Warriors, he said.
In the team there are players who have played in national, Ranji and IPL, in addition to other all-rounders. The performance of local players will improve if they play with national players. He said they had appointed the BCCI certified coach and assistant staff. He hoped they would win the APL Championship for Vizag Warriors.
Vizag Warriors captain K Ashwin Hebbar is a right-handed batsman and played for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL. Versatile Naren Reddy is a reserve member of the U-19 World Cup squad. Kartik Raman, Dheeruv Kumar Reddy, UMS Girinadh, N Jyothi Krishna and Kiran Shinde played for Andhra team in Ranji.
D Vincent Vijay Kumar is Head Coach of Vizag Warriors, T Vamsi Krishna is Field Coach, N Satish Reddy is Strength and Conditioning Coach and Sheik Imaran Pasha is Performance Analyst. The strong Vizag Warriors side will become the most successful in the Premier League, Srinubabu hoped.