Indian pacer Sudeep Tyagi is undergoing quarantine in Hambantota, Sri Lanka arrived ahead of the inaugural edition of Lanka Premier League (LPL).
Tyagi, who represented India in four ODIs and a T20I, announced his international retirement on Tuesday and arrived in Sri Lanka on Friday to take part in LPL 2020, which is scheduled to be played from November 26 in Hambantota.
“Quarantined in Hambantota #LPLT20 #SriLanka #Quarantine,” the 33-year-old tweeted
The maiden season of LPL will witness five franchisee teams, named after Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla, and Jaffna competing in 23 matches.
Colombo will take on Kandy in the opening match of LPL at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota on November 26.
Every day will have doubleheaders till the semi-finals on December 13 and 14, 2020. The final will be played on December 16.
LPL 2020: Troubles & more troubles for Lanka Premier League
The Lanka Premier League (LPL) is continuously running into issues. The league right from the inception is going through troubles as high-profile players are pulling out of the tournament.
Earlier on Tuesday, former Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed pulled out of the tournament. Ahmed was supposed to captain the Galle Gladiators franchise, but will now be unavailable because of commitments with the national team.
Also, death-over specialist Lasith Malinga, who was also to feature for Galle Gladiators has opted out citing inadequate preparation time
Moreover, Galle Gladiators is yet to reach Sri Lanka as the other four teams have reached Hambantota and entered into a bio-secure bubble.
Also, Kandy Tuskers players Chris Gayle and Liam Plunkett have pulled out of the showpiece event. They were set to join former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, local icon Kusal Perera, Sri Lankan T20 specialists Kusal Mendis and Nuwan Pradeep among others in the team before they opted out of the tournament.
According to a report by ESPNCricinfo, franchise owners describing the tournament’s organisation as “chaotic” less than 7 days out.
Among the LPL’s personnel changes have been the exits of Dav Whatmore, who was to coach the Colombo Kings franchise. Whatmore was replaced with former England fast bowler Kabir Ali but with Kabir now having tested positive for Covid-19, he has withdrawn from the league. Chaos in organization can be gauged from the fact now Herschelle Gibbs, who initially travelled to Sri Lanka to work as a commentator for the tournament has been appointed as coach of the team. Gibbs will have Rangana Herath as an assistant coach
Munaf Patel has been picked for Tuskers but he hasn’t played any cricket since 2017.
– Questions are also being raised on Player payments, contracts. Some franchises are alleging that tournament is being conducted on complete Adhoc basis.
Despite all this, Sri Lanka Cricket has projected confidence.
“Player contracts have been delivered, and they will have to come back to us with their lawyers and all that,” LPL director Ravin Wickramaratne told ESPNcricinfo. “There have been issues with transferring money. We’ll talk to franchisees when they arrive. Before the tournament starts they will have to pay 40% to the players.”