Gayle, Afridi, Gibbs among 33 overseas players in Sri Lanka T20 league

By Staff Writers

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle will join several of the game's biggest hitters in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League tournament. © AFP

May 14, 2011 (Island Cricket): Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has secured the services of several prominent overseas cricketers, including the likes of David Warner and Shaun Tait from Australia and Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard from the West Indies for the upcoming Sri Lanka Premier League T20 tournament (SLPL).

Shahid Afridi, who will be captaining a team in the tournament, along with Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Akmal represent some of the Pakistani talent on show.

As many as 12 Indian players are expected to feature in the tournament.

South Africa’s dashing Herschelle Gibbs and veteran Makhaya Ntini are amongst the other big names on show.

The first edition of the SLPL will get underway on July 19. All matches will be held at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Full 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.

© Island Cricket


Anonymous's picture

Great! But bad promotion. No website. No tournament logo. No information on match schedule. Supposed to start in 2 months?? This is going to be a huge failure.

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Great! But I expected more players from Pakistan. (For 1st commentator) This is not IPL. A long explore will start with a small step. Will see my friend. Think positively!

Anonymous's picture

I don't like to see so many Indians on the show. Specially, when only likes of Pathan brothers arrival we were expecting they send their whole bunch of newbies only. We don't do that. Our league is not for their youngsters, ours is for ours. I know what BCCI is thinking, that we can't have our own league successfully without their interruption. Hmm, how much India underestimates us. Even we had only one overseas player or none, we'll always have our own great little show of talent in our small country, seeing Indians list makes raged.

Parag Barjatiya's picture

Is it not another way to bring overdose of cricket for players and viewers both, or just to bring something against IPL's favor of players.

Idrees Malyar's picture

This is a great news, But I want SLC please consider Afghan players in this Tournament... We have great players like Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi and Shahpoor Zadran.. So please give them a chance to prove the world that Afghanistan Cricket Team has the ability to play among the world first class teams...

Thanks a lot

Waiting for your response

Anonymous's picture

why Pro Indians dont participates to this,they dont give a chance to our newbies to play with them.In here also they send only their newbies and get the advantage what they hope from IPL .

Anonymouse's picture

I agree Anonymous i dont wanna see Indians in this league would have preferred someone like Lara in a team - he played in the Zimbabwe T20 series and was thinking of making a t20 comeback.

Anonymous's picture

We don't want Indian players

Intisar's picture

Tamim Iqbal will rocking!

AmR's picture

Don't know why Sri Lankan fans always try to find problems what ever India do ! :S
Most of the people in India like Sri Lankan team ! But it seems like there are lots of them in Sri Lankan who hate Indian team !

well here is the thing ! India will be touring England when SLPL starts ! So most probably India will call back the senior players after their given rest ! Nothing Personal !

Still the players from India have experience of playing 4 years of IPL where Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel have played WCs (T20 n ODI) for India ! Wich makes them Pro !

Hope SLPL be a great success !! ;)

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