The team comprises of players like Chris Gayle, Wahab Riaz, Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis among many others.
The inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) is all set to get underway on November 21. The player draft for the tournament also took place on October 19 with more than 20 foreign players also picked in five different teams. The T20 tournament has also got its Bollywood flavour now with Salman Khan’s family buying the franchise Kandy Tuskers.
Salman’s younger brother Sohail and his father, a well-known script writer, Salim Khan, are part of the consortium, Sohail Khan international LLP, have invested in the team. The Khan brothers themselves confirmed the development on Tuesday while also stating that they see a lot of potential in the league.
“Given the players we have in our team, the league in general, and the passion of the fans, which are second to none, we see a lot of potential,” Sohail Khan told Times of India. Moreover, he also confirmed that Salman Khan will attend all the matches of Kandy Tuskers during LPL this year.
Sohail Khan delighted to have Chris Gayle in the team
Sohail Khan was happy to have some of the international stars in the team. Apart from the top Sri Lanka cricketers like Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis and Asela Gunaratne, the team managed to get hold of Wahab Riaz, Chris Gayle and Liam Plunkett as their foreign players in the player draft. There is still no clarity over the availability of any of the cricketers but Sohail is delighted with the overall look of the team.
“Gayle is obviously the Boss Man, but we have a very good team. Kusal Perera is our local icon and we also have Liam Plunkett, Wahab Riaz, Kusal Mendis and Nuwan Pradeep among others. It is a good balance of youth and experience,” he further said.
Meanwhile, it is understood that the consortium that runs the Quetta Gladiator in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) owns the Galle franchise in the LPL. It has also been learnt that two India-based consortiums and one based out of Sri Lanka own the rest of the three teams. However, there is no clarity over it yet.