PESHAWAR: The first ever cricket league for Afghan refugees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa kicked off at Arbab Niaz Cricket Stadium in Peshawar on Wednesday.

The cricket players living in Afghan refugees camps in KP are participating in the tournament. The UN refugee Agency (UNHCR) KP chief Karan Kaur inaugurated the tournament which has been organised by the Afghan Commissionerate. Afghan Commissioner Abbas Khan and other officials were also present on the occasion.

In the opening match of the tournament, Peshawar Atlan defeated Kohat Cheeta by 20 runs. Peshawar Atlan while batting first scored 192 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Jamal Nasir was top batsman for his team with 96 runs. Kohat Cheeta managed to score 172 runs and lost the match.

Ten teams from different Afghan refugee camps – Peshawar Atlan, Kohat Cheeta, Charsadda King, Peshawar Stars, Nowshera Friends, Swabi Tigers, Haripur United, Dir Gladiators, Mansehra Sharks and Bannu Sultans – are taking part in the tournament.

The tournament will conclude on 10 December.