Multiple Indian players in a foreign league just sound like a dream to many of us. But with the Lanka Premier League (LPL) in the development stage, we expect multiple Indian players to participate in it this year. The LPL which was to start in late August was postponed and will now be played in the month of November.
The very first season is to begin on November 14 and will go on till December 6. Dambulla, Kandy and Hambantota are the venues at which the games will take place. Meanwhile, five teams namely Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna will be participating in it.
Indian Players to participate in Lanka Premier League
Earlier this week, reports claimed that Shahid Afridi will be joining one of the teams as a brand ambassador. We’re now getting reports of multiple Indian players participating in the first-ever edition of the LPL. Since the league already consists the likes of Brian Lara, Shoaib Akhtar, few Indian players might join as well.
Anil Mohan, the chief of the Innovative Production Group overseeing the success of the tournament has confirmed the participation of Brian Lara, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akthar. He said that along with these legends, they’re also looking to procure the services of Kumar Sangakkara in the league.
“These stalwarts have confirmed to be the mentors for the various teams. We are also approaching Kumar Sangakkara to be associated with one of the franchise teams,”.
About the participation of Indian players, Anil Mohan said that former Indian bowlers Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar have agreed to play in the LPL. Whereas, we can even expect Irfan and Yusuf Pathan to participate in the tournament.
“Some more will join after IPL. We are given the list (by the SLC) and former Indian fast bowlers Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar have agreed to play the LPL. Even the Pathan brothers may play,” he said.
Yusuf Pathan’s participation in the tournament is not sure since he’s yet to retire from all forms of cricket in India. But Irfan Pathan’s participation is most likely to go ahead since he retired earlier this year.