Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi will lead Galle Gladiators franchise within the coronavirus-hit inaugural Lankan Premier League (LPL) Twenty20 event to be performed in Hambantota, Sri Lanka from November 26 to December 16.
Afridi was on Saturday named captain of the Galle Gladiators crew, which has been introduced by Pakistani businessman, Nadeem Omar who additionally owns the favored Quetta Gladiators franchise within the Pakistan Tremendous League.
Initially, Omar had introduced Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain of Galle Gladiators however he needed to alter his determination after the wicket-keeper batsman was named within the Pakistan squad for the tour of New Zealand.
“Afridi will now captain the aspect since he’s the senior-most participant in our franchise and has expertise of captaincy,” Omar stated.
Held within the COVID-19 occasions, the inaugural LPL has been in bother even earlier than its launch as a number of main worldwide gamers, together with Chris Gayle, Faf de Plessis, Liam Plunkett, David Malan, Lasith Malinga, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfaraz withdrew from the occasion due to various causes.
Pakistan’s discarded wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has additionally pulled out of the league on account of a shoulder damage. Pakistani gamers who will likely be seen in motion within the league embody Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Aamir, Ehsan Ali, Azam Khan, Usman Shinwari and Shoaib Malik.
Left arm pacer Tanvir and Canada batsman Ravinderpal Singh, had, in truth examined optimistic for COVID-19 quickly after reaching Colombo. 5 franchises — Jaffna Stallions, Kandy Tuskers, Galle Gladiators, Colombo Kings and Dambulla Hawks will combat it out for the inaugural LPL trophy.