Wanindu Hasaranga to lead homegrown stars in LPL's fifth edition

Wanindu Hasaranga to lead homegrown stars in LPL's fifth edition

Top Sri Lankans to feature as 2024 edition takes off from 1 July.

Wanindu Hasaranga

Mumbai: The fifth edition of the much-awaited Lanka Premier League (LPL) will begin on 1 July with a host of international and Sri Lankan stars in action across three weeks of pulsating T20 action at three iconic venues.

Some of the marquee international names from the five LPL franchises include Kiwi all-rounders Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman, Bangladesh pacers Mustafizur Rahman and Taskin Ahmed, Pakistan stars Shadab Khan and Agha Salman, West Indies veterans Andre Fletcher and Fabian Allen as well as the famed Afghanistan spinners Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rehman and Noor Ahmad, and the South African duo of Rilee Rossouw and Reeza Hendricks.

The Sri Lankan presence in LPL 2024 is equally star-studded, with the likes of Wanindu Hasaranga, Angelo Mathews, Isuru Udana, Maheesh Theekshana and Kusal Mendis among a host of other national team heavyweights.

“The Lanka Premier League continues to highlight the exceptional talent of our cricket players, providing fans with yet another opportunity to see their favorite stars in action. As we embark on this significant fifth season, I extend my best wishes to all the participants, stakeholders, and our cherished fans,” said Lanka Premier League tournament director Samantha Dodewala.

The league stage will run from 1 to 16 July, with the five teams – Colombo Strikers, Dambulla Sixers, Galle Marvels, Jaffna Kings and Kandy -- taking on each other twice during this period at the three iconic venues – the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo, the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla and the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele, Kandy.

IPG Group founder and CEO Anil Mohan Sankhdhar, the official rights holder of LPL 2024, stated, "The past four years have seen the Lanka Premier League garner an overwhelming response from the global cricket community, with fans eagerly watching some of the sport's biggest stars. As we enter our fifth season, I am confident that the LPL will not only continue to thrive but also provide an unparalleled platform for homegrown talent to rise and shine."

The playoffs, to be played at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo, will begin on 18 July, with the final scheduled on 21 July.

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