Lanka Premier League 2021: Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Faf Du Plessis Among Big Names Picked By The Teams

Star T20 players like Chris Gayle, Faf Du Plessis, Shoaib Malik and Imran Tahir have been picked by the teams during the Player Draft for the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2021.

The LPL 2021 Player Draft was held in Colombo on Wednesday and in total 600 players including 300 Sri Lanka players and 300 overseas players participated in the draft.

The draft had 20 rounds, for different player categories like ‘Local and Overseas Icon Player’, ‘Local and Overseas Diamond Player’, ‘Local and Overseas Gold Player’, and ‘Local and Overseas Classic Player’. Other than this there were ‘Local Emerging’ and ‘Supplementary Local’ rounds for the young Sri Lanka players.

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Complete Squads Of All 5 Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2021 Teams

Jaffna Stallions defeated Galle Gladiators to win the inaugural Lanka Premier League 2020 title. (Image credit: Twitter)

The Lanka Premier League 2021 is all set to commence from December 5 and will end on December 23. There are a total of five franchises in the tournament including Colombo Stars, Dambulla Giants, Galle Gladiators, Jaffna Kings and Kandy Warriors.

Meanwhile, Colombo Stars have roped the T20 legend Chris Gayle who had a poor run in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. The other players in the team are Dushmantha Cheemara, Ahmed Shehzad, Dilshan Munaweera, Mohammad Irfan, Al Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Pathum Nissanka Silva, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Manpreet Singh, Gihan Rupasinghe, Lahiru Gamage, TM Sampath, Nuwanidu Fernando, Jehan Kieth Zeon Daniel, Malindu Maduranga, Nalin Priyadarshana, Hashan Dumindu Ranasinghe and Kanagarathinam Kabilraj.

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Lanka Premier League (LPL). Image-srilankacricket.lk

Dambulla Giants have picked veteran South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir, Dasun Shanaka, Rilee Rossouw, Chamika Karunaratne, Sohaib Maqsood, Odean Smith, Josh Little, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Ramesh Mendis, Najibullah Zadran, Tharindu Ratnayake, Lahiru Udara Igalagamage, Sacha DeAlwis Seneveratne, Muditha Lakshan, Kalana Perera, Sachitha Jayathilake, Madushan Ravichandrakumar, Janith Liyanage and Chamikara Edirisinghe.

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Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has been picked by Galle Gladiators and the other players in the team are Isuru Udana, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kusal Mendis, Mohammad Amir, Samit Patel, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Anwar Ali, DH Ashan Pulina Tharanga, Nuwan Thushara, Lahiru Madushanka, Dilshan Madushanka, Ashian Daniel, Kevin Koththigoda, Mohammed Shamaaz, Sumida Lakshan and Angelo Jayasinghe.

Meanwhile, Jaffna Kings have acquired veteran Proteas batter Faf du Plessis who recently had a sensational run in the Indian Premier League (IPL), 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 Gunasekara, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Theivendiram Dinoshan, Ashan Randika, Rathnaraj Thenuradan and Wijesuriya Arachchige Krishan Sanjula.

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The Kandy Warriors consists of Rovman Powell, Charith Asalanka, Cameron Delport, Lahiru Kumara, Mohammad Mithun, Nazmul Islam Apu, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Angelo Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Milinda Siriwardana, Amjad Khan, Ishan Jayaratne, Binura Udara Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Kamil Mishara, Ayana Siriwardene, Nimesh Vimukthi, Udara Jayasundara, Shashika Dulshan and Kalhara Senarathna.

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