Du Plessis, Miller, Doubtful for LPL
By Mustaq Sydeen
The participation of Faf du Plessis and David Miller, who were picked as overseas players for Dambulla Hawks and Colombo Kings in the Lanka Premier League (LPL), will be in doubt as the domestic T20 tournament is likely to clash after England had been given state clearance to visit South Africa for six white-ball internationals.
When Ceylon Today contacted Tournament Director Ravin Wickramaratne, he said they have informed all the top players to reconfirm their participation in the tournament.
“We have informed all players to reconfirm their participation in the tournament. We included all players in the draft after they confirmed their availability to participate in the tournament. Both Miller and Faf are multi-players, and we will again get reconfirmation from them about their availability, if not, we will have to replace them. Until now we haven’t received any news from them.”
According to foreign reports, England is expected to depart on a charter flight on 16 November to play three ODIs and as many T20Is from 27 November to 9 December. Four of the games will be at Newlands and the others at nearby Paarl. The visitors will also play intra-squad games at both venues. No spectators will be in attendance, and the players and support staff will be kept in a bio-secure bubble to minimise the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the absence of some of the most promising young players from the LPL Auction has raised several questions. Young batting sensations like Pathum Nissanka and experienced T20 players like Dilshan Munaweera couldn’t find a place in any of the five teams.
The LPL is scheduled to be played from 21 November to 13 December at two venues — Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota. Teams will compete in 23 matches over a 15-day period for supremacy.