Pakistani allrounder Shahid Afridi and West Indies opener Chris Gayle have been named the two international iconic players for the inaugural Sri Lanka Twenty20 premier league (SLPL), Sri Lanka Cricket said.
The August 10-31 tournament will also feature Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene and former skippers Kumar Sangakkara and Tilakaratne Dilshan among the star-studded line-up, the governing body said in a statement on Tuesday.
Hard-hitting Gayle, will represent the Uva Province, while Afridi will play for Nagenahira, SLC said.
Sri Lanka Cricket has secured bids in excess of 30 million dollars from Indian companies to host its maiden T20. Each team can have six foreign players in their squad but with a provision that only four can be fielded in a playing XI.
A player draft will be conducted on July 5 and 6, with a lottery held to determine the order in which players are picked, ESPN Cricinfo reported.
SLC will set the floor price for each player in advance ahead of the auction.
The players will be drafted in two groups - the first consisting of some 40 players from Sri Lanka and the second, the foreign players.
The draft is being seen as the best way to ensure that players are evenly distributed among the teams, making it a level playing field, ESPN Cricinfo said.
The seven teams have been named as Basnahira Bears, Kandurata Kites, Nagenahira Nagas, Ruhuna Rhinos, Uthura Oryxes, Uva Unicorns and the Wayamba Wolves.
Sri Lanka Cricket will lease out the franchises for seven-years.
Singapore-based Somerset Entertainment Ventures, which owns the commercial rights for the tournament for 15-years, will pay for the foreign players and pick-up cash from selling broadcasting rights
The SLPL's icon players
Basnahira Province – Tillakaratne Dilshan Kandurata Province – Kumar Sangakkara Nagenahira Province – Shahid Afridi Ruhuna Province – Lasith Malinga Uthura Province – Muttiah Muralitharan Uva Province – Chris Gayle Wayamba Province – Mahela Jayawardena
Comments - 9
Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 04 July 2012 10:29 AM
Deserved Cricketers should be honoured. Good move and its appreciable.
asfar Wednesday, 04 July 2012 10:33 AM
good luck to all players. wish to see the best out of this SLPL.
kumar Wednesday, 04 July 2012 06:50 AM
Did South Indians complained that they are suffering?
Junta Tuesday, 03 July 2012 06:20 PM
Flop in the making. how about develop Jaffna for the tamils with this money!
Dadoriya Tuesday, 03 July 2012 06:46 PM
nalakap Wednesday, 04 July 2012 11:54 AM
of course they have dont you read the news
nalakap Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:32 AM
at the same time why don't you ask the Indian government to stop the IPL and spend that money to help the suffering Tamils in south India
Ganesh Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:34 AM
Please don't bring politics into this.
M.V.R.Perera Wednesday, 04 July 2012 04:58 AM
Sri Lanka is not making any payments but will be collecting revenue guaranteed by somerset
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