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Lanka Premier League rocked by withdrawal of stars Gayle, Malinga

‘They are big players—yes, of course, but no one is indispensable; we have to go ahead with the tournament.’ — LPL Tournament Director Ravin Wickramaratne

The My11Circle Lankan Premier League (LPL) has received some negative publicity even before it has got off the ground by way of several key players and coaches making themselves unavailable for the event which is due to commence on 26 November at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa.

Two of the biggest draw cards for any T20 tournament West Indian Chris Gayle and Sri Lanka’s T20 captain fast bowler Lasith Malinga’s absence is certain to dent the tournament to a certain extent.

Gayle, universally known as ‘Universe Boss,’ was to turn up for Kandy Tuskers, but having appeared for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL is said to be nursing an injury, while Malinga has cited ‘inadequate preparation’ time for the tournament.

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