The Kandy Tuskers became the latest franchise to complete their 22-member squad for the forthcoming Lanka Premier League, which starts on November 26. The Tuskers play the opening fixture of LPL 2020 against the Colombo Kings, while their final league match is versus the Galle Gladiators on December 10.
“See you soon in Sri Lanka. I’ll be joining up with my team @KandyTuskers later this week. Should be fun to see old friends and compete in some good cricket!” Dale Steyn tweeted on Sunday.
“We are extremely happy to announce that Vishwa Fernando is the newest member to the Kandy Tuskers squad! #TuskerNation,” the franchise tweeted.
However, the final squad has been finalised after much ado. Be it Sohail Tanvir getting replaced after testing COVID-19 positive, or ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle and pacer Liam Plunkett pulling out of LPL 2020, the Kandy Tuskers have had a tough couple of weeks in the build-up to the showpiece event.
While Gayle withdrew because a commercial understanding could not be reached with the stakeholders, the World Cup-winning Englishman won’t be able to partake in LPL 2020 because of commitments with the national team.
Complete squad list of Kandy Tuskers for LPL 2020
Local players: Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Priyamal Perera, Ishan Jayaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera, Nishan Madushka, Nuwan Pradeep, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kamindu Mendis, Kaveesha Anjula, Lasith Emuldeniya, Lahiru Samarakoon, Chamikara Edirisinghe, Vishwa Fernando, Kevin Koththigoda
Overseas players: Irfan Pathan (India), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan), Brendon Taylor (Zimbabwe), Naveen-ul-Haq (Afghanistan), Munaf Patel (India), Dale Steyn (South Africa)
Head coach: Hashan Tillakaratne
Bowling coach: Nuwan Kulasekara
Team manager cum Cricket Director: Farveez Maharoof
Published 23 Nov 2020, 18:39 IST