All five teams sold
Indian actor Sachin Joshi bought Lanka Premier League (LPL) franchise Dambulla and renamed it ‘Dambulla Vikings’, and now all five teams have been soldwith 11 days to go for the tournament.
Two Indian actors, an Indian businessman, a Pakistani businessman and a London based businessman,are the owners of the five LPL teams who will play 23 matches in the league starting 26 Novemberin Hambanthota. As per SLC, the production crew is already undergoing quarantine in Udawalawa, while players are expected to arrive within the next couple of days to undergo the mandatory 7-day quarantine period before the tournament.
Meanwhile, five Sri Lankans head the list of highest paid players in the LPL -Dasun Shanaka, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera.
Salary cap breakdown:
USD 60,000- DasunShanaka, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera
USD 50,000- Lendl Simmons, Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Hafeez, David Malan, David Miller, Irfan Pathan, Andre Russel, Wanidu Hasaranga de Silva
USD 40,000- Sudeep Thyagi, Hazratullah Zazai, Liam Plunkett, Manprith Singh, Sohaib Malik, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, KusalMendis, IsuruUdana, Avishka Fernando
USD 25,000- Samith Patel, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Johnson Charles, Uzman Shinwari, Lahiru Kumara, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Nuwan Pradeep, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Oshada Fernando, AkilaDananjaya, Seekkuge Prasanna, AmilaAponso, SurangaLakmal, Kasun Rajitha, Milinda Siriwardana, AselaGunarathne, Ashan Priyanjan, Binura Fernando
USD 15,000- Brendon Taylor, Safraz Ahamed, Naveen Ul Haq, Raveendrapal Singh, Asif Ali, Paul Sterling, Azam Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Qais Ahmad, Kyle Abbot, Lahiru Madushanka, Lakshan Sandakan, Kamindu Mendis, Dushmantha Chameera, Duanne Oliver, Upul Tharanga, Shehan Jayasooriya, Dilruwan Perera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chathuranga de Silva, Angelo Perera, Asitha Fernando, Priyamal Perera, Thikshila de Silva, Minod Bhanuka, Ramesh Mendis, Nuwan Thushara, Kavishka Anjula, Tharindu Kaushal, Mahesh Theekshana, Pulina Tharanga, Mohammed Shiraz, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Udara, Charith Asalanka
3,000 USD – Ashen Bandara, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Lahiru Samarakoon, Himesh Ramanayaka, Nuwanidu Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Chanaka Ruwansiri, Nishan Madushka, Kalana Perera, Kanakaratnam Kapilraj, Kavindu Naveeshan, Sahan Arachchi, Chamikara Edirisinghe, Tharindu Rathnayake, Thevendiram Dhinoshan, Sajindu Colombage, Duvindu Thilakaratne, Ishan Jayarathne, Navod Paranavithana, Yivakanth Viyaskanth