Former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi will lead the Galle Gladiators franchise in the inaugural Twenty20 of the Lankan Premier League (LPL) affected by the coronavirus, which will be played in Hambantota, Sri Lanka from November 26 to December 16.
Afridi was named captain of the Galle Gladiators squad on Saturday, which was brought in by Pakistani businessman Nadeem Omar, who also owns the popular Quetta Gladiators franchise in the Pakistan Super League.
Initially, Omar had announced Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain of Galle Gladiators, but had to change his decision after the wicket batsman was named to the Pakistan squad for the New Zealand tour. -the biggest player in our franchise and has experience as a captain, ”said Omar.
Held during the COVID-19 era, the first LPL struggled even before its launch as several leading international players, including Chris Gayle, Faf de Plussis, Liam Plunkett, David Malan, Lasith Malinga, Kamran Akmal , Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfaraz withdrew from the event for various reasons.
Pakistani wicket keeper and batsman Kamran Akmal has also withdrawn from the league due to a shoulder injury. Pakistani players who will be seen in action in the league including Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Aamir, Ehsan Ali, Azam Khan, Usman Shinwari and Shoaib Malik.
Left arm stimulator Tanvir, and Canadian drummer Ravinderpal Singh, had in fact tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after reaching Colombo, five franchises – Jaffna Stallions, Kandy Tuskers, Galle Gladiators, Colombo Kings and Dambulla Hawks will fight for the inauguration. LPL Trophy.