Chris Gayle, Ravi Bopara and Lasith Malinga are the latest international players to withdraw from the upcoming inaugural Lanka Premier League (LPL).
The maiden LPL is due to get underway on November 26 but it’s been hit by withdrawals and talk of disorganisation behind the scenes as Sri Lanka Cricket grapples to get the competition set up in time.
The ‘Universe Boss’ has signed with Kandy Tuskers but there had been a lot of speculation he would pull out of the LPL in recent days.
Sri Lankan superstar Malinga’s decision to back out from his deal with Galle Gladiators is a major blow for the LPL given his local attraction.
The 37-year-old fast bowler actually hasn’t played competitively since March and told ESPNCricinfo that he hadn’t had adequate preparation for the event.
England all-rounder Bopara has also withdrawn from a contract with Jaffna Stallions, who couldn’t afford to pay him up front.
Those players join a long list of big-name players who’ve opted out of the LPL, including Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Carlos Brathwaite, Dawid Malan, Asif Ali, Colin Ingram and Wahab Riaz.
Brathwaite, Malan and Ingram have signed with Big Bash League clubs, given the security on offer there, although that competition doesn’t start until December 10.
The LPL is due to run until December 16, with all games played at Sooriyawewa Stadium in Hambantoto.