Former Indian cricketers Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar are likely t0 play in the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League, according to reports. The LPL is set to be played from November 14 to December 6. Legendary cricketers like Sri Vivian Richards, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram, and Shoaib Akhtar are also expected to be associated with the teams as mentors.
The SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) had planned to organize Lanka Premier League before IPL, but the unavailability of foreign players, lack of preparations, non-operational Colombo airport had led to the postponement of the league. and the pandemic made them postpone it. The T20 leagues with stars attract global attention and the LPL is also likely to gain a lot of traction.
Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar have agreed to play the LPL
Former Indian players Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar have agreed to play in the LPL according to Anil Mohan, chief of the Innovative Production Group. He also told Irfan and Yusuf Pathan may also play in the Sri Lankan T20 league.
“Some more will join after IPL. We are given the list (by the SLC) and former Indian fast bowlers Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar have agreed to play the LPL. Even the Pathan brothers may play,” he was quoted as saying by Pakobserver.net.
Both Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel had announced their retirement from all forms of cricket in 2018.
5 franchises in the Lanka Premier League
The Lanka Premier league is supposed to be a five-franchise event, representing Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla, and Jaffna. All the matches of the inaugural edition will be played in Dambulla, Kandy, and Hambantota.
Interestingly, a number of Indians, as well as foreign retired players, may come out of retirement to play in the Lanka Premier League. The BCCI does not allow its active players to participate in overseas T20 leagues. The retired players can however get a Non-objection certificate from the BCCI to play in T20 leagues abroad.