Former India pacer Munaf Patel who represented Rajasthan Royals (RR), Mumbai Indians (MI) and Gujarat Lions (GL) in the cash-rich tournament – Indian Premier League (IPL), is all set to take part in the inception of Lanka Premier League.
Patel is among the 150 odd overseas players to go under the hammer for the LPL auction which is planned to be held on October 1.
Some other prominent players to be a part of the action comprise West Indies cricketers Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy, former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, England’s Ravi Bopara and New Zealander Colin Munro.
According to a statement by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the inaugural season of the tournament is planned to be commenced from November 14 to December 6.
Each franchise can buy six foreign players in a team of 19 players each. There will be five teams in the inaugural season of the tournament.
The matches will be played in Dambulla, Pallekele and Hambantota international stadiums. The LPL launch will be held in Hambantota.
Mandatory isolation period
The Sri Lankan government is yet to give permission for a shorter quarantine period for players, officials and broadcast staff, according to a PTI report.
The SLC officials have asked for seven day isolation period for the players and staff who will be arriving in the country for the tournament.