Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews. Image- AFP

Former Sri Lanka captains Kusal Perera and Angelo Mathews will be the major cricketers missing from the Lanka Premier League 2021 as they missed out from being selected in the drafts for the upcoming season.

The LPL 2021 is scheduled to be played from December 4 to 23 in Colombo and Hambantota.

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However, some of the prominent Sri Lankan names are omitted from the franchises. Kusal Perera, who was part of Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup squad and captained the country earlier in the year, was a late addition to the draft because of a “miscommunication between Sri Lanka Cricket and his club”, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.

Kusal Perera becomes the newest Sri Lanka ODI captain (Photo- Getty)
Kusal Perera. (Photo- Getty)

Mathews, who is not part of the national squad anymore, was Colombo’s icon player last year, and was available for selection but didn’t get picked. Senior allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva too, didn’t get a team, neither did Minod Bhanuka, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, and Sadeera Samarawickrama. Each of these cricketers had played T20Is for Sri Lanka in the last few months.

However, the SLC has managed to rope in some big overseas names in Chris Gayle, Faf du Plessis, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir, Najibullah Zadran, Taskin Ahmed, and Mohammad Hafeez.

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Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle. (Photo: Twitter)

The SLC and the LPL franchises have been in strife recently, which forced change of owners and the delaying of the tournament as well.

At least three of the five franchises that appeared in the first season have changed ownership, and only Galle Gladiators have retained their name. Even the owners of Jaffna Stallions, last season’s champions, were formally ousted by tournament organisers last month.

Lanka Premier League 2021 squads:

Colombo Stars: Chris Gayle, Dushmantha Chameera, Ahmed Shehzad, Dilshan Munaweera, Mohammad Irfan, Al Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Pathum Nissanka, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Manpreet Singh, Gihan Rupasinghe, Lahiru Gamage, TM Sampath, Nuwanidu Fernando, Jehan Daniel, Malindu Maduranga, Nalin Priyadarshana, Dumindu Ranasinghe, Kanagarathnam Kabilraj

Dambulla Giants: Imran Tahir, Dasun Shanaka, Rilee Russouw, Chamika Karunaratne, Sohaib Maqsood, Odean Smith, Josh Little, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Ramesh Mendis, Najibullah Zadran, Tharindu Ratnayake, Lahiru Udara, Sacha de Alwis, Muditha Lakshan, Kalana Perera, Sachitha Jayathilaka, Ravichandrakumara, Janith Liyanage, Chamikara Edirisinghe.

Galle Gladiators: Mohammad Hafeez, Isuru Udana, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kusal Mendis, Mohammad Amir, Samit Patel, Sarfraz Ahmed, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Anwar Ali, Pulina Tharanga, Nuwan Thushara, Lahiru Madushanka, Dlishan Madushanka, Ashan Daniel, Kevin Koththigoda, Mohommed Shamaaz, Suminda Lakshan, 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, Chanika Gunasekara, Vijaykanth Viyaskanth, Theivendran Dinoshan, Ashan Randika, Rathnaraja Thanuradan, Krishan Sanjula

Kandy Warriors: Rovman Powell, Charith Asalanka, Cameron Delport, Lahiru Kumara, Mohammad Mithun, Nazmul Islam, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Angelo Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Milinda Siriwardana, Amjad Khan, Ishan Jayarathne, Binura Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Ayana Siriwardana, Kamil Mishara, Nimesh Vimukthi, Udara Jayasundara, Shashika Dulshan, Kalhaa Senarathna

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