The Lanka Premier League 2020 (LPL) is all set to begin from November 21. Five franchises are going to compete for the LPL 2020 title in the upcoming Sri Lanka based league. All five franchises- Jaffna Stallions, Dambulla Hawks, Kandy Tuskers, Colombo Kings and Galle Gladiators, set up their squads on Monday through an online draft. Some of the marquee players, who are seasoned T20 cricketers, have received bids from all the franchises for the LPL.
The star foreign players like Faf Du Plessis, Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, Manpreet Gony, Manvinder Bisla, and Dawid Malan have earned bids from the franchises. Each LPL side has a choice to recruit two foreign players and one local marquee player. The rest of the players will receive payments as per the price determined by the category they were in going into the draft.
Nevertheless, the entire LPL draft was carried out in a very unorganized manner, with zero coordination between the organisers and stakeholders. There were also instances of selectors going off the video call with seeking continuous clarifications between the owners and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
Meanwhile, all five franchises have picked 16 to 20 players. Few slots are left vacant purposely by the selectors in order to persuade the overseas player to play for their teams.
The squads for the Lankan Premier League 2020 (LPL)
Coach: Thilana Kandamby
Squad: Thisara Perera, Dawid Malan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Binura Fernando, Asif Ali, Minod Bhanuka, Chaturanga de Silva, Mahesh Theekshana, Charith Asalanka, Nuvinidu Fernando, Kanagaratnam Kapilraj, Theivendiram Dinoshan, Yiyakanth Yiyaskanth
Coach: Jon Lewis
Squad: Dasun Shanaka, David Miller, Carlos Brathwaite, Samit Patel, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lahiru Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Paul Stirling, Lahiru Madushanka, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Perera, Ramesh Mendis, Pulina Tharanga, Ashen Bandara, Dilshan Madushanka, Sachindu Colombage
Coach: Hashan Tilakaratne
Squad: Chris Gayle, Kusal Perera, Liam Plunkett, Wahab Riaz, Kusal Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Seekkuge Prasanna, Asela Gunaratne, Naveen-Ul-Haq, Kamindu Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Priyamal Perera, Kavishka Anjula, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Samarakoon, Nishan Fernando, Chamika Edirisinghe, Ishan Jayaratne
Coach: Dav Whatmore
Squad: Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis, Angelo Mathews, Manpreet Singh Gony, Manvinder Bisla, Isuru Udana, Dinesh Chandimal, Amila Aponso, Ravinderpal Singh, Ashan Priyanjan, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Thikshila de Silva, Tharindu Kaushal, Lahiru Udara, Himesh Ramanayake, Kalana Perera, Tharindu Rathnayaka, Navod Paranawithana
Coach: Wasim Akram
Squad: Lasith Malinga, Shahid Afridi, Colin Ingram, Mohammad Amir, Hazratullah Zazai, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Akila Dananjaya, Milinda Siriwardana, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Azam Khan, Lakshan Sandakan, Shehan Jayasuriya, Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, Mohamed Shiraz, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Chanaka Ruwansiri, Sahan Arachchi
The tournament is scheduled to start from November 21 and conclude on the 13th of December. The Sooriyawewa Stadium will host the initial matches of the competition before shifting to Pallekele for the remaining league games and knockout games.