Perera had been a late addition to the draft thanks to a miscommunication between Sri Lanka Cricket and his club, which was supposed to have nominated him, but he appeared in the draft nonetheless. Mathews, who had been the Colombo franchise’s icon player last year, was also available to be selected. Dhananjaya had been among the senior players in the Jaffna Stallions side that won last year’s LPL.
Other players not selected include wicketkeeper-batters Minod Bhanuka and Dinesh Chandimal, spinners Akila Dananjaya and Praveen Jayawickrama, and top order batter Sadeera Samarawickrama. Each of these cricketers had played T20 internationals for Sri Lanka in the last few months.
Despite the unusual omissions, the LPL has got several well-known overseas players on board. Chris Gayle, Faf du Plessis, Tabraiz Shamsi, Imran Tahir, Najibullah Zadran, Taskin Ahmed, and Mohammad Hafeez, have all been named in various squads. How many of these players actually appear in the tournament remains to be seen, however; there had been late withdrawals ahead of the 2020 LPL. Both the Jaffna and Galle franchises retained many of their core players from the previous season – those teams having appeared in the final.
Although the first season of the LPL was largely seen as a success, at least three of the five franchises that appeared in the first season have changed ownership, and only Galle Gladiators have retained their name. When the owners of Jaffna Stallions – 2020’s winning team – were formally ousted by tournament organisers last month, Stallions’ owners claimed they had been blindsided, and that the league lacked transparency.
The LPL is scheduled to be played from December 4 to 23. The first rounds will be played in Colombo, before the action moves to Sooriyawewa (Hambantota).
Colombo Stars: Chris Gayle, Dushmantha Chameera, Ahmed Shehzad, Dilshan Munaweera, Mohammad Irfan, Al Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Pathum Nissanka, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Manpreet Singh, Gihan Rupasinghe, Lahiru Gamage, TM Sampath, Nuwanidu Fernando, Jehan Daniel, Malindu Maduranga, Nalin Priyadarshana, Dumindu Ranasinghe, Kanagarathnam Kabilraj
Dambulla Giants: Imran Tahir, Dasun Shanaka, Rilee Russouw, Chamika Karunaratne, Sohaib Maqsood, Odean Smith, Josh Little, Niroshan Dickwella, Nuwan Pradeep, Ramesh Mendis, Najibullah Zadran, Tharindu Ratnayake, Lahiru Udara, Sacha de Alwis, Muditha Lakshan, Kalana Perera, Sachitha Jayathilaka, Ravichandrakumara, Janith Liyanage, Chamikara Edirisinghe,
Galle Gladiators: Mohammad Hafeez, Isuru Udana, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kusal Mendis, Mohammad Amir, Samit Patel, Sarfraz Ahmed, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Anwar Ali, Pulina Tharanga, Nuwan Thushara, Lahiru Madushanka, Dlishan Madushanka, Ashan Daniel, Kevin Koththigoda, Mohommed Shamaaz, Suminda Lakshan, Angelo Jayasinghe
Jaffna Kings: Faf du Plessis, Thisara Perera, Wahab Riaz, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Avishka Fernando, Upul Tharanga, Chaturanga de Silva, Jayden Seales, Suranga Lakmal, Ashen Bandara, Maheesh Theekshana, Chanika Gunasekara, Vijaykanth Viyaskanth, Theivendran Dinoshan, Ashan Randika, Rathnaraja Thanuradan, Krishan Sanjula
Kandy Warriors: Rovman Powell, Charith Asalanka, Cameron Delport, Lahiru Kumara, Mohammad Mithun, Nazmul Islam, Mehedi Hasan Rana, Angelo Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Milinda Siriwardana, Amjad Khan, Ishan Jayarathne, Binura Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Ayana Siriwardana, Kamil Mishara, Nimesh Vimukthi, Udara Jayasundara, Shashika Dulshan, Kalhaa Senarathna
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf
Ban vs Pak 1st Test
Nurul Hasan was named as Yasir’s concussion substitute, although he won’t be allowed to keep wicket
The incident occurred at the end of the 30th over when Yasir ducked into a Shaheen Shah Afridi bouncer. Yasir briefly took his eye away from the delivery while getting under the ball, and was hit on the helmet.
Bangladesh’s physio Bayejidul Islam checked Yasir immediately, and he went back to batting. But an over later, Bayejid came back to check on Yasir during the drinks break, after which he walked off.
The team director Khaled Mahmud confirmed a few minutes later that Yasir was out of the Test match, with Nurul as his replacement. Yasir has been taken to Imperial Hospital for a CT scan. A BCB statement said later that “he is medically stable. However, as a precaution, he will be observed for 24 hours at the hospital.”
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
Recent Match Report – Sri Lanka vs West Indies 2nd Test 2021/22
Roston Chase dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne late in the day, but not before another century opening stand
Sri Lanka 113 for 1 (Nissanka 61*, Karunaratne 42, Chase 1-33) vs West Indies
Nissanka was positive almost from the outset. He drilled a full Jason Holder ball down the ground for four to begin the second over, carved Roach past the slip cordon soon after, and although occasionally beaten by deliveries that jagged past his outside edge, was on a constant hunt for runs, moving to 20 off his first 30 balls. Karunaratne was typically conservative by comparison – defending and leaving the majority of deliveries he faced from the seamers, making just 4 from his first 30 deliveries.
Eventually though, Holder and Roach wrapped up their spells, and batting seemed to get easier. Kyle Mayers was hit for three fours – twice through the leg side by Karunaratne – in his first two overs, the only two he bowled on the first day. Nissanka attempted to dominate the left-arm spin of Veerasammy Permaul, who was playing his first Test since 2015, coming down the track in Permaul’s second over to launch him into the sightscreen.
Soon, Captain Kraigg Brathwaite had spinners bowling from both ends, and although they prompted the occasional mistake, the batters largely settled into a rhythm against them, with Nissanka scoring primarily through the off side, and Karunaratne favouring the leg side, as he often does. Nissanka got to fifty – his third in Tests, and second in the series – off the 74th ball he faced.
Karunaratne’s dismissal came against the run of play. Earlier in that Chase over, he had played a late cut and a flick through midwicket, both of which went for four. But Chase found some rip off the last delivery of that over, and turned a ball more than the batter expected, which produced a return catch off the inside half of the bat as Karunaratne attempted to drive him down the ground.
If he had got to fifty, Karunaratne would have made seven Test half-centuries in as many innings, a feat only six batters had accomplished. In any case, his last seven scores read 42, 83, 147, 66, 118, 244 and 75.
Oshada Fernando survived ten balls before the players went off for bad light. Nissanka was 61 not out off 109 balls, his scoring rate having slowed as the light faded.
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf
Ray Illingworth reveals cancer diagnosis amid support for assisted dying
Former England captain wants law changed to prevent the suffering of terminally ill patients
Illingworth, who captained England to victory in Australia in 1970-71 and went on to become English cricket’s most powerful figure in the mid-1990s, says that he has undergone two rounds of radiotherapy and hopes to hear a positive prognosis when his condition is reassessed next month.
“They got rid of a lot of the tumour but there were still two centimetres left, originally it was eight,” he told The Daily Telegraph. “They are just hoping to get rid of the last bit with extra double doses. I will see how these next two doses go, keep my fingers crossed and hope I have a bit of luck.”
However, having cared for his wife for the final years of her life, prior to her death in March, Illingworth has lent his support to the Assisted Dying Bill, which received its second reading in the House of Lords in October, and would enable mentally competent adults to make the decision to end their own lives.
At present, the 1961 Suicide Act states that anyone who is found to have assisted a person to take their own life could face up to 14 years’ imprisonment. However, earlier this month, Jersey became the first British parliament to approve assisted dying, with the prospect for a draft law by 2023.
“I don’t want to have the last 12 months that my wife had. She had a terrible time going from hospital to hospital and in pain. I don’t want that,” Illingworth said. “I would rather go peacefully. I believe in assisted dying. The way my wife was, there was no pleasure in life in the last 12 months and I don’t see the point of living like that, to be honest.
“But we don’t have assisted dying in England yet so you don’t have the option do you? They are debating it and I think it will come eventually. A lot of doctors are against it but if they had to live like my wife did in her last 12 months they might change their minds.”
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