Bollywood star Salman Khan’s family has bought the Kandy Tuskers franchise of the Lankan Premier League (LPL). The family has previously been associated as the owners of a team in the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) and T10 League in UAE. The inaugural season of LPL is set to begin on November 21.
The franchise is owned by Sohail Khan International LLP – Salman’s younger brother Sohail. Salim Khan is also part of the consortium that has invested in Kandy Tuskers. During the draft, Kandy Tuskers Team picked up big players such as Chris Gayle, Liam Plunkett, Wahab Riaz, and Kushal Perera in the squad.
The LPL Players draft took place on Monday onwards with more than 438 players involved in the process. Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Carlos Brathwaite, Shahid Afridi were among the high-profile foreign players picked by the LPL franchises. Every team has one local icon and two overseas icons to balance the team composition.
Dubai-based Innovative Production Group (IPG) has been handed the marketing the organizational rights of the LPL in August this year. The league was initially set to take place in September, but the pandemic forced Sri Lanka Cricket to postpone it to November.
The Lanka Premier League is scheduled to be played from November 21 to December 13 at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota. The tournament is expected to be concluded in 15 days.