Chris Gayle, Irfan Pathan, Shahid Afridi register for Lanka Premier League 2021 ‘Player Draft’

The ‘Player Draft’ of the 2nd Edition of the Lanka Premier League 2021, which was
scheduled to be held on 05th November 2021, has been rescheduled and will take
place on the 09th November 2021.


This decision was taken to accommodate a request made by several ‘Franchise
Owners,’ owing to the fact that the draft coincides with the ‘Diwali’ festival season,
which is currently being celebrated.


A total of 600 players, consisting of 300 overseas and 300 Sri Lankan players will
feature in the upcoming ‘Draft,’ which will be held virtually with the participation of
05 Franchise Owners and the SLC officials. The LPL has garnered attention from a
host of cricket stars including West Indies legend Chris Gayle, former India fast
bowler Irfan Pathan, former Pakistan Captain Shahid Afridi and former South Africa
Captain Faf du Plessis among others. The second season of the LPL will also feature
Sri Lanka’s rising star Charith Asalanka.


The draft will consist of 20 rounds, covering several player categories, such as
‘Local and Overseas Icon Player’, ‘Local and Overseas Diamond Player’, ‘Local
and Overseas Gold Player’, and ‘Local and Overseas Classic Player’.
Whilst, there will be ‘Local Emerging’ and ‘Supplementary Local’ rounds focusing
on selecting Sri Lanka’s young talent.

A squad will consist of 20 players, with 14 local and 06 overseas players. Five
franchises from the cities of Colombo, Dambulla, Galle, Jaffna and Kandy
respectively will battle it out for the trophy in the second edition of the Lanka
Premier League. The tournament will be held from 05th December 2021 to 23rd
December 2021.


Experienced T20 campaigner MD Gunathilaka from Sri Lanka finished as the
highest run-getter in the last season of the LPL with 476 runs, while star T20 bowler
from the Island nation Wanindu Hasaranga was the highest wicket-taker with 17
wickets.

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