Martin Guptill and Irfan Pathan express desire to play in LPL
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan and New Zealand Opener Martin Guptill have shown interest to participate in the Lanka Premier League (LPL). The Franchise based Twenty20 Cricket Tournament set to start at the early phase of next month.
Venues across the countryikr the R. Premadasa Stadium, Dambulla Stadium, Pallekele Stadium and Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota, the 23-match League will be worked off. A total of five franchised teams which would be competing in this T20 tournament. Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna are the franchisee to play the tournament.
“There are about 143 overseas players in the list who are very keen to play in this tournament and now it is up to the respective franchises to select these cricketers,” a high ranking official at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) told the Daily News yesterday.
Pathan has huge amount of experience after representing Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rising Pune Supergiants, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils and Chennai Super Kings in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL). He is regarded as one of the best all-rounders in the shortest format.
On the other hand, Guptill represented Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab with great success. He has played 253 matches in this format so far with vast experience.
“We have also asked the local clubs to nominate two players for this event and so there would be a total of 48 top domestic players from the 24 Premier Clubs who would be eligible to represent the four franchises.”
“In addition, we have a total 80 national players who are currently contracted with SLC and they will also be strong contenders to make it to the final squad,” the official added further.
“Some of the Premier Clubs have also named young promising players in the Under-23 and Under-19 category but altogether it is up to the four franchises to make a final decision in picking their squad,” the official emphasised.
“It is quite encouraging to note that we have a total of 15 top foreign coaches who have shown interest in coming forward to be in charge of these four franchises under different categories,” the official added further.