2011 World Cup winner Munaf Patel and Indian pace veteran Praveen Kumar has confirmed their participation in the upcoming inaugural Lankan Premier League (LPL), revealed Anil Mohan, the chief of the Innovative Production Group.
The tournament, which will be played from November 14 to December 6 will also see the presence of some of the legends of cricket-namely Sir Vivian Richards, Brian Lara, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akthar who are likely to be associated as mentors.
He further stated that more big names will join the tournament after the IPL which ends on November 10.
“These stalwarts have confirmed to be the mentors for the various teams. We are also approaching Kumar Sangakkara to be associated with one of the franchise teams,” he was quoted as saying by Pakobserver.net.
“Some more will join after IPL. We are given the list (by the SLC) and former Indian fast bowlers Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar have agreed to play the LPL. Even the Pathan brothers may play,” he said.
BCCI does not allow its active players to play in overseas T20 leagues. However, the likes of Irfan, Munaf and Praveen have already retired from the game and are unlikely to play any problem in obtaining the No Objection Certificates for playing in LPL.
The matches od the inaugural edition will be played in Dambulla, Kandy and Hambantota. Five Teams named after the cities of Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna will participate in the league.