The rumors had been floating for some time that there will be a Pakistani franchise in the inaugural Lanka Premier League. The new franchise has been unveiled officially on Wednesday and is named Galle Gladiators. It’s a sister franchise of Quetta Gladiators that plays in PSL.
Nadeem Omar, the owner of Gladiators, said that owning a new franchise in LPL “is a good opportunity to bring the cricket fraternity of the two countries closer.”
“Sri Lanka has always been a great friend of Pakistan – on the field and off it on other fronts as well. We are looking forward to a good contest during the tournament,” he said.
“The team Galle Gladiators will be Pakistan’s ambassador in the tournament,” Omar highlighted.
Nadeem also announced the icon player of the new franchise would be Shahid Afridi and Moin Khan, the coach of Quetta Gladiators, will also be the coach of LPL.
It’s unclear yet as to whether Afridi’s new contract with Galle Gladiators will impact his affiliation with Multan Sultans or not. He currently plays for Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League, which will be returning in November to have a schedule clash with the Lanka Premier League.
Omar was also unsure about the inclusion of Sarfaraz Ahmed in the squad because of his national commitments.
“Sarfaraz Ahmed is PCB’s centrally contracted player and his availability depends on Pakistan team’s commitment. If he’s available, he’ll surely be our first choice,” Omar added.
“We’ll see how the team is formed once we enter the players draft, it is premature to say anything about team combination at this stage.”
The Lanka Premier League will start in November and three venues across Sri Lanka will host the matches of the tournament. The tournament will start on November 14 and the LPL Final will be played on December 6.