Indian Premier League is going to have a replica in another cricket country in Asia, Sri Lanka. The news is that as many as 12 Indian cricketers, including Munaf Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin, are expected to feature in the first edition of the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL). SLPL is scheduled to commence from July 19, 2011.
The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has ensured the services of several prominent overseas cricketers, including Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, who are currently engaged in the Indian Premier League (IPL), as per the latest report. SLPL is also expected to feature Daniel Vettori, the captain of Royal Challengers.
Among the other Indian players on the SLPL, Praveen Kumar, who was recently selected for the Indian team for the West Indies tour, also is there. The other Indian players who figure in the list include Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Manish Pandey, Manoj Tiwary, Paul Valthaty, Ravindra Jadeja, Saurabh Tiwary, Umesh Yadav and Vinay Kumar.
The list, which in all features 33 overseas players so far, also includes the names of David Warner, Albie Morkel, Herschelle Gibbs, Kevin O'Brien and Pakistan players like Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Akmal, and Tamim Iqbal.