After announcing a record-number of nine (9) teams participating in its 8th season, the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) has come to an agreement with Persatuan Bola Basket Seluruh Indonesia (PERBASI) and the Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) that sees the ABL and IBL work together to continuously improve the sport of basketball in the region.
PERBASI is the parent basketball regulatory organization in the Republic of Indonesia.
“The ABL is committed in its mission to assist and further develop basketball in Southeast Asia. Ensuring a strong partnership with each country’s National Federation (NFs) and their respective domestic leagues further strengthens this commitment,” said Jericho Ilagan, Chief Operating Officer of the ABL.
The agreement between the ABL and IBL states that players who have been registered by their clubs in either league cannot be simultaneously registered in the other league during the season. The ABL will tip off it’s 8th season this coming November 2017, and will end in April 2018. The IBL on the other hand will start their season in December 2017.
“With this partnership with the ABL, we ensure that both leagues have the best available players for all clubs participating, and at the same time respecting each other’s league calendars,” added Hasan Gozali, President/Director of the IBL.
Clubs registered in the IBL would also have to secure the approval of PERBASI should they wish to participate in the ABL in the future, a clause that the ABL welcomed. “It is only right that the ABL respects each country’s domestic league and it’s National Federation’s regulations. Just like all teams in the sport of basketball, teamwork is key to development and success,” added Ilagan.