After a nearly eight-year wait, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board is once again is gearing to re-launch its T20 Cricket League (LPL), where four Afghan players have been selected among the foreigners.
The dashing opening batsman Hazratullah Zazai, will be the most paid Afghan cricketer in the league as he is set to get a $40,000 salary in this year’s Lanka Premier League.
Hazratullah Zazai who is holding the record of the highest T20I score will be playing for the Gal Gulditers in the league.
Similarly, fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq has been picked by Kandy Taskers at the price of $20000.
Naveen-ul-Haq is an emerging fast bowling prospect in the cricketing world with his variations.
Naveen has vast T20 experience as he already featured in the BPL and CPL alongside playing for Afghanistan national cricket team as well.
The young emerging batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who was selected to the league after the official draft, will be a teammate of his countryman Naveen-ul-Haq in the Kandy Tskars team as he will receive a $20,000 salary as well.
And the fourth and final Afghan player is the experience leg spinner Qais Ahmad, who has been signed by the Colombo Kings and will be paid $20,000 while playing for the team.
It should be remembered that afghan players who have been selected for Sri Lanka’s top cricket league have also competed in The Big Bash, CPL, BPL, and T10 Cricket Leagues of the United Arab Emirates and have always performed compare to many foreign players.
The Lanka Premier League LPL has been rescheduled repeatedly due to COVID-19 as a total of 23 matches will be played in the four major cities of the country between and it is also expected the league could be held in UAE or Malaysia as well.
It has been reported that the selected players for the league will be paid between $10000 to $60000 and the local 10 Iconic Sri Lankan cricketers to be paid the highest $60000 each.
It should be remembered that the Lanka Premier League was held in 2011 where UWA Next cricket team crowned champion of the inaugural edition and then the league has been canceled due to administrative and financial problems.
New Zealand’s Jacob Orum was the leading wicket-taker with 15 and Sri Lankan batsman Dilshan Munawara was the best batsman of the league with the most 212 runs at the end.