KHK Sports in partnership with Exelon has announced the launch of the first franchise based T20 cricket tournament in early 2018 under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The Bahrain Premier League 2018, will comprise of six franchise squads of thirteen resident cricketers competing in the T20 format of cricket. The franchises which are set to be represented at the inaugural edition of the Bahrain Premier League comprises of six teams. The announced teams are The Bahrain Falcons, The Bahrain Knight-Riders, The Bahrain Lions, The Bahrain Rising Super-Giants, The Bahrain Royal Challengers and The Bahrain Warriors.
“I am delighted to announce the launch of the Bahrain Premier League in partnership with Exelon in association with The Cricket Bahrain Association, in this fantastic new development for cricket in Bahrain. I believe that The Bahrain Premier League will not only strengthen cricket’s base in the Kingdom, it will also serve to encourage greater local participation in the sport.”, commented Mr Mohammad Shahid , Chairman of KHK Holdings.
Over 150 players had registered for selection; for the existing 78 available. Bahrain Premier League 2018 selection meeting will be held on Saturday 9th December at Park Regis Lotus Hotel in Juffair. The opening ceremony and match-day one of The Bahrain Premier League 2018 will take place on Friday 26thJanuary, with group matches being played out over three consecutive weekends to determine the four qualifiers for the Semi-Finals on Friday 16th February; the Grand Final of the competition is scheduled for Friday 23rd February.
The event will also involve inclusion of media and cricket personalities including Charu Sharma and Syed Kirmani in the organising team in attendance alongside dignitaries, Bollywood celebrities and star players at the opening ceremony and the final.