The inaugural Afghanistan Premier League concluded Sunday with Chris Gayle's Balkh Legends securing a four-wicket win over Kabul Zwanan in Sharjah.
Gayle hit 56, his fourth successive half-century in the competition, to see Balkh to the title at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Despite those heroics, the West Indian opener was upstaged by lesser-known players at the T20 tournament, and so fails to make the team of the tournament.
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Another surprise omission if the celebrated Afghani spin bowler Rashid Khan, who was upstaged by 18-year-old leg-spinner Qais Ahmed in Sunday's final, taking 5-18.
Scroll through the picture gallery above to see who else made Paul Radley's best XI. Two men missing are Kabul Zwanan's Laurie Evans and Isuru Udana of Paktia Panthers as we were unable to source images.
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