Some big names in T20 cricket like Chris Gayle, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Tahir and Faf du Plessis took part in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) draft that took place on November 9 (Tuesday). The T20 competition had to be postponed twice due to Covid-19 disruptions and avoiding a clash with other T20 leagues this year and is finally set to go underway from December 5, with the final scheduled on December 23.
The players were divided into different categories: Icon Overseas and Local (USD 60000), Diamond Overseas and Local (USD 50000), Gold Overseas A and Local A (USD 40000), Gold Overseas B and Local B (USD 25000), Classic Overseas and Local (USD 15000), Emerging Local (USD 10000), Supplementary Local 1, 2, 3, 4 (USD 3000) with five franchises – Colombo Stars, Galle Gladiators, Dambulla Giants, Kandy Warriors and Jaffna Kings – involved in the process.
The 2021 edition of the Lanka Premier League will see four teams making the playoffs, with two top teams facing each other in Qualifier 1 – a straight ticket to the finale – before the Eliminator between teams placed third and fourth. The winner of the Eliminator will face the loser of Qualifier 1 in Qualifier 2, before the final clash.
Here are the full squads of all teams for Lanka Premier League 2021:
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Chris Gayle, Dushmantha Chameera, Ahamed Shehzad, Dilshan Munaweera, Mohammad Irfan, Al Ameen Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Pathum Nissanka, Lakshan Sandakan, Seepage Prasanna, Manpreet Singh, Gihan Rupasinghe, Lahiru Gamage, TM Sampath, Nuwanidu Fernando, Jehan Daniel, M Maduranga, N Priyadarshana, Hashan Dumindu, K Kabilraj.
Mohammad Hafeez, Isuru Udana, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kusal Mendis, Mohammad Amir, Samit Patel, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Anwar Ali, Pulina Tharanga, Nuwan Thushara, Lahiru Madhushanka, Dilshan Madhushanka, Ashian Daniel, Kevin Koththigoda, Mohammed Shamaaz, Suminda Lakshan, Angelo Jayasinghe.
Imran Tahir, Dasun Shanaka, Rilee Rossouw, Chamika Karunaratne, Shoaib Maqsood, Odean Smith, Josh Little, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Ramesh Mendis, Najibullah Zadran, Tharindu Ratnayake, Lahiru Udana, Sacha de Alwis, Muditha Lakshan, Kalana Perera, S Jayathilake, M Ravichandrakumar, Janith Liyanage, Chamika Edirisinghe.
Rovman Powell, Charith Asalanka, Cameron Delport, Lahiru Kumara, Mohammad Mithun, Nazmul Islam Apu, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Angelo Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Milinda Siriwardena, Amjad Khan, Ishan Jayaratne, Binura Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Kamil Mishara, Ayana Siriwardena, Nimesh Vimukthi, Udara Jayasundara, Shashika Dulshan, Kalhara Senaratne.
Faf du Plessis, Thisara Perera, Wahab Riaz, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Avishka Fernando, Upul Tharanga, Chaturanga De Silva, Jayden Seales, Suranga Lakmal, Ashen Bandara, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Gunasekera, V Viyaskanth, T Dinoshan, Ashan Randika, R Thenurathan, Krishan Sanjula.
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