LPL 2020 Draft Updates : Gayle, Russell, Afridi picked in the Lankan Premier League draft

A total of 438 cricketers featured in the SriLanka Cricket’s – Lanka Premier League (LPL 2020) Player Draft. Draft was conducted online in a very haphazard manner but neverthless the squads are made and LPL 2020 by Sri Lanka Cricket is now looking a reality. Check all Squad Lists –

11:00 PM : LPL 2020 – Final Squads are as follows –

Main Highlight of the Draft was – Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Carlos Brathwaite, Shahid Afridi are among the high-profile foreign players that have been drafted into Lankan Premier League teams for the tournament that is set to begin on November 21.

Dambulla Hawks 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

Jaffna Stallions 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

Kandy Tuskers 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

Colombo Kings 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

Galle Gladiators 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, Mohomed Shiraz, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Chanaka Ruwansiri, Sahan Arachchi

9:00 PM : BIG Breaking News from Lankan Premier League Draft  – Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Carlos Brathwaite, Shahid Afridi are among the high-profile foreign players that have been drafted into Lankan Premier League teams for the tournament that is set to begin on November 21.

The draft, was carried out in incredibly haphazard fashion over the internet, with team owners unclear on the draft rules and protocols.

8:55 PM : Colombo Kings has picked some Indian players. Seam bowler Manpreet Gony and wicketkeeper-batsman Manvinder Bisla are in the team. They have a couple of big-name Sri Lankan players too, Angelo Mathews and Isuru Udana, while their cast of decent local spinners: Lakshan Sandakan, Tharindu Kaushal and Amila Aponso are also in the squad.

8:50 PM : Kandy Tuskers have the league’s biggest star Chris Gayle, and arguably Sri Lanka’s most aggressive batsman in Kusal Perera. Allrounders Seekkuge Prasanna and Asela Gunaratne are the local players in the squad. Liam Plunkett, Wahab Riaz are great picks for them.

8:40 PM : Dambulla Hawks – picked by Jon Lewis – David Miller, Dasun Shanaka and Carlos Brathwaite as their marquee players. Niroshan Dickwella, pacer Lahiru Kumara also in the squad. Paul Stirling, the Ireland captain, is among their higher-profile foreign players. Samit Patel of England is the spin bowler in the squad

8:30 PM :Galle Gladiators and its Pakistan-based owner, who also owns Quetta Gladiators, chose a few Pakistan players out of the gate, most notably the retired Shahid Afridi. With Colin Ingram, Hazratullah Zazai, Danushka Gunathilaka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa in this squad, there’s a lot of batting firepower.

The bowling looks pretty solid too. Lasith Malinga and Mohammad Amir may share the new ball and death duties, with Afridi and Akila Dananjaya to bowl through the middle. Sarfraz Ahmed seems like he could be the first-choice wicketkeeper.

18:59PM: LPL player draft update – end of round 9

18:45 PM: CSK’s Faf du Plessis and KKR’s Andre Russell drafted to Colombo Lions, Chris Gayle joins Kandy Tuskers.

Check out Day 1 auction results

18:20 PM: LPL player draft

17:52 PM: LPL players draft starts via zoom call

17:45 PM: As it is a closed-door draft, InsideSport could not ascertain if the player draft has started or not. As per earlier info Player Draft was supposed to start at 4 PM

A host of former cricketers have also shown interest in playing in the LPL.

Among them are Darren Sammy, Johnson Charles, Dwayne Smith, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Jason Mohammad from West Indies; Todd Astle and Neil Broom from New Zealand; Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Samit Patel and Steve Finn from England; Richard Levi from South Africa; Graeme Cremer from Zimbabwe; Ryan ten Doeschate from Netherlands; Mohammad Shazad from Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Umar Gul, Anwar Ali, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Sami, Sharjeel Khan and Sohail Tanveer.

5:00 PM : LPL 2020 organizing company CEO declared via official press release that ‘all teams are sold’ – but organizers are yet to make official announcement on the owners
 
4:45 PM : No official list of overseas players have been released by the LPL organizers or SLC. But according to reports in Media – following current overseas cricketers are participating in the draft – 
Amongst the current overseas stars who will figure in the Player Draft are
South African : Vernon Philander and Temba Bavuma;
England :  Liam Plunkett;
Zimbabwe : Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza
Ireland : Kevin O’Brien and Boyd Rankin from Ireland;
West Indies : Shai Hope and Jonathan Carter from West Indies;
Pakistan : Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Ifthikar Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz and Abid Ali
Afghanistan : Asghar Afghan, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hazratullah Zazai, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari from Afghanistan.

16:00 PM : It is worth noting that earlier in 2013, Sri Lanka Cricket Board along with Somerset Ventures had launched Sri Lankan Premier League in 2013. Post the first edition, SLPL never happened.

Now after 7 long years LPL is being organized by SLC

15:00: LPL 2020 Players Draft : Though the organizers are yet to officially declare the owners of the LPL franchises. Reportedly Galle Gladiators has been bought by Owner who hold team in Pakistan Super League as well.

It is also reported 2 Indian owners will also be in the mix of things in LPL 2020

14:35: Some of the top players who will be taking part are Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Liam Plunkett and Brendan Taylor.

14:30 PM : According to the sources, organizers have hired services of Roshan Abeysinghe (Sri Lanka) and Charu Sharma (India) to virtually anchor the draft.

13:30: The Lankan Premier Leauge will begin at 4 pm. Over 400 players will be up for auctions for the first seasons. Five teams -named after Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna will be participating in the draft. The tournament will begin from November 21.

LPL 2020 : Check all you want to know about the Lankan Premier league players draft –

A total of 438 cricketers will figure in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) Player Draft which is due to take place on zoom from 4p.m. today. It is open for the five franchises, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and IPG.

Sri Lanka has a list of 165 players that includes all the contracted and central contracted cricketers, whilst from overseas there are 273.

Amongst the current overseas stars who will figure in the Player Draft are South Africans Vernon Philander and Temba Bavuma; England’s Liam Plunkett; Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza from Zimbabwe; Kevin O’Brien and Boyd Rankin from Ireland; Shai Hope and Jonathan Carter from West Indies; Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Hassan Ali, Ifthikar Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz and Abid Ali from Pakistan and Asghar Afghan, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hazratullah Zazai, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari from Afghanistan.

A host of former cricketers have also shown interest in playing in the LPL. Among them are Darren Sammy, Johnson Charles, Dwayne Smith, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Jason Mohammad from West Indies; Todd Astle and Neil Broom from New Zealand; Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Samit Patel and Steve Finn from England; Richard Levi from South Africa; Pragyan Ojha from India; Graeme Cremer from Zimbabwe; Ryan ten Doeschate from Netherlands; Mohammad Shazad from Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Umar Gul, Anwar Ali, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Sami, Sharjeel Khan and Sohail Tanveer.

LPL 2020 : LPL organizers had released a tournament logo last week.

The LPL logo captures the rich culture and heritage of the nation, the free-flowing spirit of the people and the fearless attitude of the Sri Lankan players when they are on the field. The use of red and orange colours in the logo is inspired by the historical Kandyan paintings and Sigiriya Frescos of Sri Lanka whereas the use of blue and yellow depicts the colours of Sri Lanka Cricket.

The colours of the lion’s mane represent the five teams that will battle it out in the middle. The colours, applied in sweeping brush strokes, enhances the sense of volume and depicts the speed of the game and the flaming mane of the lion represents the unending passion and enthusiasm for the game which is loved by one and all in the nation. The objective of using these colours is to establish the tournament as a Sri Lankan brand which appeals equally both to the local and international fans.

Sri Lanka Cricket vice-president Ravin Wickramaratne said, “I am extremely happy to see the wonderful fusion of the national colours with the symbol of Sri Lanka cricket in the LPL logo. I am sure this logo will help the fans connect easily with the event and they will come forward to support it with the same passion as their national team.”