DPL is a testimony of rise of passionate cricket from far-western region of Nepal complimenting the success of native cricket players like Dipendra Singh Airee and Raju Rijal who went on to lead the national U-19 teams for Nepal. Dhangadhi Premier League is the pathbreaker cricket tournament which set a new benchmark for major sporting events in Nepal.
DPL opened the doors for professional, career and economic opportunities for national, international and other uncapped or fringe cricket players in Nepal. It decentralized cricket from metropolis like Kathmandu. DPL and Project Dream Fapla subsequently helped Dhangadhi establish as an alternate center of cricket for Nepal. Dhangadhi is now officially recognized as ‘the City of Cricket’ by government. DPL not only made cricket a household name in Kailali but it helped lifting the profile of far-west region as a whole.
After the grand success of both tournaments individually, SPA Cup and Dhangadhi Cricket League merged to become the Dhangadhi Premier League in 2017. The successful hosting of tournaments like SudurPaschimanchal Academy Cup in from 2010 to 2015 and Dhangadhi Cricket League in 2016 culimnated into Dhangadhi Premier League in 2017, the biggest sports event to be ever hosted by Nepal, at the time.
Six teams participated in the inaugural edition of DPL. Kanchanpur Iconics, CYC Attariya, Dhangadhi Chauraha, Biratnagar Kings, Kathmandu Goldens and Rupandehi Challengers locked horns for the ultimate glory. Team Chauraha won the inaugural edition of DPL defeating Biratnagar Kings in the final. The national team skipper Paras Khadka led the home team to title in his first premier league championship as a player and captain. Chauraha defeated Sharad Vesawkar led Biratnagar Kings. Young left-arm spinner Sushil Kandel was given the man of the series trophy. Champions Chauraha collected a top prize of Rs 1.5 million and the runners-up received Rs 700,000.
- DPL was held in Dhangadhi from April 9 to 22, 2017.
- DPL introduced city-based franchises cricket in Nepal.
- DPL enhanced the format of DCL to become first tournament to host an auction of cricket players.
- Auctions as well as DPL event were the first event to be broadcasted live on HD TV in Nepal.
- The prize money of NRs 1.5 Million was the biggest cash prize for a Nepali sports event (the current record belongs to DPL 2 as well at NRs 2.5 Million).
- Match fees and player salaries for every squad player was introduced in Nepal.
- DPL was the most watched sports event on television or social media.