Colombo: Former international captains Angelo Mathews, Faf du Plessis and Jamaican all-rounder Andre Russell are some of the marquee names picked by the Colombo Kings franchisee in the Lanka Premier League Players' Draft on Monday.
The tournament will be played between 21 November and 13 December at two venues — Pallekele and Hambantota. A total of 23 matches will be played in all.
Two Indian players, former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Manvinder Bisla and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) pacer MS Gony have also been picked from the draft.
Dav Whatmore is a part of the coaching set-up of the Colombo franchisee in the League.
Among others, Kandy Tuskers picked up Kusal Perera as the Local Icon while Chris Gayle and Liam Plunkett were picked as the two overseas signings. The team will be coached by Hashan Tilakratne.
Galle Gladiators have Lasith Malinga as the Local Icon while Shahid Afridi and Colin Ingram are the two overseas signings. The team will be coached by Moin Khan.
Dasun Shanaka is the Local Icon for Dambulla Hawks while David Miller and Carlos Brathwaite are the overseas signing. The Hawks team will be coached by Jon Lewis.
Meanwhile, Jaffna Stallions have Thisara Perera as the Local Icon and Dawid Malan and Wanindu Hasaranga as the overseas signing.
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