The Jamaican batsman, Chris Gayle, withdrew from Lanka Premier League and will not play for the Kandy Tuskers this year. Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, was also set to play for the Galle Gladiators franchise but has pulled out of the tournament.
The fearless Caribbean batsman was a part of the Kandy Tuskers. The franchise confirmed the news of the player withdrawing from the league on Wednesday. The Bollywood actor and director Sohail Khan, owns the franchise.
Gayle will be joining a star-studded team that includes Irfan Pathan, local star Kusal Perera and Sri Lankan T20 specialist Kusal Mendis. The Kandy Tuskers used their official Twitter handle to break the news.
The West Indies superstar has an unmatched lead in the T20 format. Gayle has smashed a maximum number of sixes, the most number of centuries, and the highest individual T20 score. His withdrawal from the tournament is unquestionably a huge loss for the franchise.
Chaos in Lanka Premier League
The Lanka Premier League has been continuously facing problems right from its inception. Now, with just a week for LPL 2020 to commence, the tournament has seen few players withdraw.
The cricket fanatics seemed to be in a bit of a frenzy as they would miss the opportunity to see the Universe Boss-shattering sixes in all corners of the park. The LPL franchise has not mentioned any replacements for Chris Gayle yet.
The former Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed also bowed out of the tournament. Sarfraz will not be a part of the tournament because of the commitments to the national side.
Lasith Malinga has also withdrawn from the league. The veteran quoted lack of training this year as the reason behind his withdrawal. Malinga was one of the marquee players of Galle Gladiators and expected to captain the side this season.
Besides the two legends, England batsman Ravi Bopara, who was to represent the Jaffna Stallions franchise, has also pulled out of the tournament. Bopara had reportedly asked for his full payment before the tournament, which the franchise could not conform to.
The Lanka Premier League is ready to start from November 27 to December 16, 2020. The opening match of the league will be between Colombo and Galle at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota.