Twelve Indian players have signed up for the inaugural Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL), beginning July 19, according to a report in the media.
Munaf Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar, who are in the national squad for the ODIs and Twenty20 in West Indies, are among those who have signed up for the SLPL.
The likes of Australians David Warner and Shaun Tait and West Indies’ Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard will also be seen in action.
Shahid Afridi, who will be captaining a team in the tournament, along with Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Akmal will be among some of the Pakistani talent on show.
South Africa’s dashing Herschelle Gibbs and veteran Makhaya Ntini are amongst the other big names on show.
The SLPL will be played from July 19-Aug 4 at the R. Premadasa Stadium here.
Basnahira Western Province Bears, Kandurata Hill Country Kites, Nagenahira East Nagas, Ruhunu South Rhinos, Uthuru North Oryxes, Uva South Western Unicorns and Wayamba North Western Wolves are the franchises in the tournament.
List of overseas players:
Australia: David Warner, Shaun Tait, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Christian.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal.
India: Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Manish Pandey, Manoj Tiwary, Munaf Patel, Paul Valthaty, Praveen Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Saurabh Tiwary, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar.
Ireland: Kevin O’Brien.
New Zealand: Daniel Vettori.
Pakistan: Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz.
South Africa: Albie Morkel, Herschelle Gibbs, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Makhaya Ntini.
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Danza Hyatt, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard.