Cricketing activities are on the verge of resumption in Sri Lanka, as the inaugural Lanka Premier League is all set to commence this Thursday in Hambantota.
Five franchises – the Dambulla Viiking, the Jaffna Stallions, the Kandy Tuskers, the Colombo Kings, and the Galle Gladiators – will play in LPL 2020. Many big names of international cricket enrolled themselves for the LPL 2020 Draft. However, over the last few days, some players have pulled out of the competition owing to various reasons.
The Sri Lankan players’ dream of playing in their own T20 league from the last eight years will eventually come true tomorrow when Colombo Kings and Kandy Tuskers will lock horns against each other in the first match of the inaugural season of the Lanka Premier League.
Set to be a five-team T20 competition, LPL 2020 should be able to highlight some uncapped cricketers for the island nation. After playing against each other twice in the league stage, top four teams will qualify for the semi-final which will be played in the archetype semi-final and final format.
Here are the squads of five teams:
1. Colombo Kings
Angelo Mathews (c), Andre Russell, Karim Khan Sadeq, Dammika Prasad, Manpreet Gony, Isuru Udana, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Amila Aponso, Ashan Priyanjaya, Ravinderpal Singh, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Theekshila de Silva, PHT Kaushal, Lahiru Udara, Himesh Ramanayka, Kalana Perera, Tharindu Rathnayaka, Navod Paranawithana, Qais Ahmad, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Laurie Evans.
2. Dambulla Viiking
Dasun Shanaka, Samit Patel, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Paul Stirling, Lahiru Madushanka, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Perera, Ramesh Mendis, Pulina Tharanga, Dilshan Madushanka, Kavindu Nadeeshan, Shajindu Colombage, Lendl Simmons, Sudeep Tyagi, Samiullah Shenwari, Anwar Ali, Malinda Pushpakumara, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shinwari.
3. Kandy Tuskers
Kusal Perera (c), Kusal Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Kevin Kottigoda, Vishwa Fernando, Seekkuge Prasanna, Asela Guneratne, Naveen-ul-Haq, Kamindu Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Priyamal Perera, Kamindu Mendis, Kavisha Anjula, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Samarakoon, Nishan Madushka, Chamika Edirisinghe, Ishan Jayaratne, Irfan Pathan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Sohail Tanveer, Munaf Patel, Dale Steyn, Brendan Taylor, Sohail Tanvir.
4. Galle Gladiators
Shahid Afridi (c), Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammed Amir, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Akila Dananjaya, Milinda Siriwardane, Azam Khan, Lakshan Sandakan, Shehan Jayasuriya, Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, Mohammed Shiraz, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Chanaka Ruwansiri, Sahan Arachchi, Duvindu Tillakaratne, Chadwick Walton, Ashan Ali, Abdul Nasir, Waqas Maqsood.
5. Jaffna Stallions
Thisara Perera (c), Prabhath Jayasuriya, Wanidu Hasaranga, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Avishka Fernando, Dananjaya De Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Binura Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Chathuranga de Silva, Mahesh Theekshana, Charith Asalanka, Nuwandinu Fernando, Kanakaratnam Kapilraj, Theivendiram Dinoshan, Vijayakanth Vijayakanth, Kyle Abbott, Duanne Olivier, Tom Moores, Johnson Charles, Duanne Oliver, Sebastianpillai Vijeyaraj
LPL 2020 Channel List:
India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives – Sony TV
Pakistan – PTV
United Kingdom – Sky Sports