The draft for the third edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) was held on Tuesday evening, with each of the five franchises allowed to pick six international players – one from each price category barring Gold and Silver. Sri Lankan players were available for all categories.
The pre-draft segment of the squad selection, however, meant that for many of the teams the top-tier draft picks had been decided well in advance of the draft proper.
The draft included players in seven price ranges:
Ruby (USD 60,000; approx LKR 21.5 million)
(USD 50,000; approx LKR 18 million)
(USD 40,000; approx LKR 14 million)
Diamond B (USD 25,000; approx LKR 9 million)
Platinum (USD 15000; approx LKR 5 million)
Gold (USD 10,000; approx LKR 3.5 million)
Silver (USD 3,000; approx LKR 1 million).
A notable omission from the draft was Sri Lanka’s highest ranked T20 International batter Pathum Nissanka, who wasn’t picked by any of the five franchises, though players like Sacha de Alwis, who has the highest T20I score at Under-19 level, was re-picked by Dambulla Giants for mysterious reasons.
The other notable omissions from the list are two openers Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando, who are both nursing injuries. Apart from them, Oshada Fernando, Lahiru Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Kumara, Prabath Jayasuriya, Kasun Rajitha and Asitha Fernando too haven’t been picked.
Overall, the draft had much better international players compared to the two previous editions, and it will of interest to see how many of them will be actually available during the commencement of LPL 2022.
Jaffna Kings: Evin Lewis, Thisara Perera, Hardus Viljoen, Dhananjaya de Silva, Shoaib Malik, Shahnawaz Dahani, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Maheesh Theekshana, Binura Fernando, Dunith Wellalage, Tristan Stubbs, Praveen Jayawickrama, Suminda Lakshan, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dilshan Madushanka, Nipun Dhananjaya, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Theesan Vidushan, Theivendiram Dinoshan, Ashan Randika
Galle Gladiators: Imad Wasim, Danushka Gunathilaka, Faheem Ashraf, Dushmantha Chameera, Janneman Malan, Sherfane Rutherford, Azam Khan, Kusal Mendis, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Thushara, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pulina Tharanga, Nuwanidu Fernando, Nimesh Vimukthi, Movin Subasinhga, Nipun Malinga, Sachindu Colombage, Lakshan Gamage, Tharindu Kaushal, Sammu Ashan
Colombo Stars: Dwaine Pretorius, Angelo Mathews, Asif Ali, Charith Asalanka, Dominic Drakes, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Karim Janat, Seekkuge Prasanna, Jeffrey Vandersay, Ishan Jayaratne, Muditha Lakshan, Lakshitha Manasinghe, Kevin Koththigoda, Chathuranga Kumara, Navod Paranavithana, Chamod Battage
Dambulla Giants: D’Arcy Short, Dasun Shanaka, Ben Cutting, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tim Seifert, Haider Ali, Chaturanga de Silva, Ramesh Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Sheldon Cottrell, Tharindu Ratnayake, Pramod Madushan, Lasith Croospulle, Kalana Perera, Dilum Sudeera, Sachitha Jayathilake, Dushan Hemantha, Sacha de Alwis, Ravindu Fernando
Kandy Falcons: Carlos Brathwaite, Wanindu Hasaranga, Fabian Allen, Chamika Karunaratne, Andre Fletcher, Dewald Brevis, Chris Green, Isuru Udana, Matheesha Pathirana, Ashen Bandara, Usman Shinwari, Kamindu Mendis, Ashan Priyanjan, Minod Bhanuka, Avishka Perera, Ashian Daniel, Malinda Pushpakumara, Janith Liyanage, Lasith Abeyratne, Kavin Bandara