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Ali Asfak Thara

The second season of the International Cricket Premier League (ICPL) commenced in January in Colombo organized by Ali Tours and Travels a leading travel company in India.
The teams participating are Chilaw Marians, AAN Sports, Ali’s Warriors, Joy Bangla, YCA Bahrain and Banglore Star.

The tournament is being played in the T20 format with six invited academy teams vying for the coveted title.

The P Sara Oval is hosting the first round games while the semis and final will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in the morning sessions on January 19. The final will be played under lights on January 19 at the R Premadasa Stadium, followed by the closing ceremony.

The tournament was launched at a ceremony held in Colombo late last year.

Speaking at the launch held at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo, Ali Asfak Thara, owner of Ali Tours and Travels and the main organizer of the Ali’s ICPL, said that his main motive in organizing the tournament was to provide exposure to future champions.

“In the ICPL, we try to tab the budding talents and expose them to the international pitches as we are confident that this exposure would help them in the future of their cricketing career,” said Ali Asfak, speaking at the launch.

Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya is the brand ambassador of the tournament.
There will be trophies and cash prizes for the winners and runners-up, the man of the match, man of the series, best batsman, best bowler and best fielder to receive awards.
A special trophy will also be awarded to the team deemed to have best upheld the spirit of the game in accordance with its highest values.