Test skipper Dimuth Karunaratne likely to make his LPL debut
Sri Lanka Test skipper will have the probability of making his Lanka Premier League (LPL) debut, as the third edition of the country’s franchised T20 competition is set to begin from December 6 at Sooriyawewa.
Karunaratne, drafted into the Galle franchise, however is still on the hang as he is one of the seven players waiting for final approval from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to be included in. Others in the list are Kusal Janith Perera, who is making a comeback after a shoulder surgery, Kusal Mendis, Romario Shephard, Tom Abell and Lahiru Kumara, from the same team. Najibullah Zadran of Colombo Stars is the seventh player.
Most sides have retained their star players, while some notable changes too have taken place. Among the notable changeovers are Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who last played for Galle Gladiators as its skipper. He has been raked in by Dambulla. Star all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga has moved from Jaffna to Kandy this time. Chamika Karunaratne too has moved from Dambulla to Kandy alongside Sri Lanka opener Pathum Nissanka, who played for Colombo last season. Teams may subject to changes during the following days according to tournament officials, who have not confirmed the names of the teams. Cricketing greats Vivian Richards, Wasim Akram and Sanath Jayasuriya have been appointed as brand ambassadors of LPL 3.
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