LPL Tournament Director Ravin Wickramaratne said, “You put your name in front and say that you are available and finally when you are selected, you say I am not coming because of personal reasons. You can’t stop these things.
“In the Player draft, every team was given two vacant positions; gold category and classic category, but now with the latest development of players going on national duty and being unavailable due to other reasons, we have given the franchisees to come back to us with a replacement by 1 November. Yesterday we sent them the options to select,” said Wickramaratne.
There were reports that England’s Dawid Malan and South Africa’s David Miller were also unavailable for the LPL, but Wickramaratne countered it by saying, “Dawid Malan and David Miller are still available, as they were not picked by their country. I got a mail from their managers saying that they are available for the LPL. Only Du Plessis, Russell who is injured and Bisla are out.”