Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Gayle, Du Plessis, Malik and Shamsi among LPL 2021 picks. Shoaib Malik will play for Jaffna Kings in LPL 2021
Shoaib Malik will play for Jaffna Kings in LPL 2021
Chris Gayle, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Taskin Ahmed and Rovman Powell were among the top international picks in the Lanka Premier League draft ahead of the 2021 edition of the league.
Meanwhile, a bunch of Sri Lanka's star cricketers, including Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva, were not picked in the draft.
Colombo Stars acquired the services of Gayle along with Taskin and Mohammad Irfan while Tahir, Sohaib Maqsood and Rilee Russouw made it to the Dambulla Giants squad. Hafeez, Shamsi, Mohammad Amir, Samit Patel and Sarfaraz Ahmed were picked by Galle Gladiators.
Du Plessis is set to appear alongside Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz and Jayden Seales for Jaffna Kings while Kandy Warriors opted for Powell, Cameron Delport, Mohammad Mithun and Nazmul Islam in their 20-member squad.
The LPL organisers have faced several obstacles, including changes in the ownership of three teams – one of the teams was Jaffna Stallions, winners of the 2020 edition, whose contract was terminated. The LPL 2021 is scheduled to be played from December 5 to 23.
Colombo Stars: Chris Gayle, 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.
Dambulla Giants: 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.
Galle Gladiators: Mohammad Hafeez, 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, Suminda Lakshan and Angelo Jayasinghe.
Jaffna Kings: Faf du Plessis, 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.
Kandy Warriors: 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.