Shahid Afridi became the captain For the Lanka Premier League
Web Desk 21 November 2020
Boom Boom Afridi has been named captain of the Sri Lankan Premier League franchise Gal Gladiators.
On the official Twitter account, the franchise announced Shahid Khan Afridi as the captain of the team and Raja Paskia as the vice-captain.
For the Lanka Premier League (LPL), the Gal Gladiators have selected eight prominent Pakistani players. Eight Pakistani players, including Shahid Khan Afridi, former captain Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed and Mohammad Amir, have been selected in the online Lanka Premier League draft.
The draft was originally scheduled for October 1, but was delayed by a recent outbreak of the corona virus in Sri Lanka. Five franchises have also selected Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis and David Miller for the inaugural edition of the tournament, which starts on November 26.
Team names and logos have also been announced along with the draft players, including the Jaffna Stallions, Gal Gladiators, Dambulla Hawks, Colombo Kings and Candy Tuskers.
Cheek Gladiators is owned by the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Quetta Gladiators, and will host mostly Pakistani players, including Shahid Afridi, Aamir, Sarfraz and young talent Azam Khan. Afridi, who left international cricket in 2016, signed as a star player for the LPL team Gal Gladiators last month.
Shahid Afridi is one of the most expensive players in Lanka Premier League
Cheek will be coached by former Pakistan captain Moin Khan and legendary swing bowler Wasim Akram will lead the team Lanka Premier League .
Meanwhile, Pakistani players playing for Jaffna Stallions include Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari and Asif Ali. Veteran fast bowler Wahab Riaz has been included in the Candy Tusker squad, which also includes Chris Gayle, Liam Plunkett and Naveenul Haq.
Local icon players for each team include Thessara Pereira (Jaffna Stallions), Lasith Malinga (Gal Gladiators), Dasan Shinaka (Dambulla Hawks), Angelo Mathews (Colombo Kings) and Kosal Perera (Candy Tuskers).
Dambulla has strengthened his batting line-up by adding David Miller, Paul Sterling and all-rounders Carlos Brathwaite and Samat Patel.
As each team is allowed a total of 20 players in its squad, it is expected that some more foreign stars will be added before November 1.
The full contingent after the draft is as follows: Lanka Premier League
Thessara Pereira, David Milne, Vinandu Hasaranga, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Oshka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Benora Fernando, Asif Ali, Manod Bhanuka, Chaturanga de Silva, Mahesh Thekshana, Chertha Asalanka, Navinido Fanran Raj, Thevindram Denotion, Yakant Yasakant.
Lasith Malinga, Shahid Afridi, Colin Ingram, Mohammad Amir, Hazratullah Zazai, Dinushka Ganatilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Akila Dhananjaya, Milanda Sri Wardana, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket keeper), Azam Khan, Lakshan Sandakan, Sheehan Jayasuriya, Ashitha Fernand , Mohammad Shiraz, Dhananjaya Lakshman, Chanaka Rawanseri, Sahan Arachi.
Dawson Shinaka, David Miller, Carlos Bartholomew, Samat Patel, Narushan Dequila (wicket-keeper), Lahiro Kumara, Oshada Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Paul Sterling, Lahiro Madushanka, Uppal Tharanga, Angelo Pereira, Ramesh Mendhara, Dil Meenas, Pul Madushanka, Sachindo Columbus.
Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis, Angelo Mathews, Manpreet Singh Goni, Manvinder Bisla, Asuro Udana, Dinesh Chandimal, Amila Aponso, Ravinderpal Singh, Ishan Priyanjan, Dashmantha Chamira, Jeffrey Wondersay, Thakshila De Silva, Trindo Koshal, Ramnaik, Kalana Perera, Tharando Ratnaik, Node Piranavithana.
Chris Gayle, Kosal Pereira, Liam Plunkett, Wahab Riaz, Kosal Mendes, Nawan Pradeep, Sekoji Prasana, Asila Gunaratne, Naveenul Haq, Kamindo Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Primal Perera, Kweska Anjola, Last Ambaldinia, Lahiro Samaracon, Nishan Fernando, Racing, Ishan Jia Ratne.
originally scheduled October 1, but was delayed by a recent outbreak of the corona virus in a Sri Lanka. Five franchises have also selected inaugural editions of the tournament, starting a on November 26.