Galle Gladiators, led by Pakistan’s former captain Shahid Afridi, will play against Jaffna Stallions tonight in their first season of Lanka Premier League (LPL) match at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota.
The tournament will start on Thursday, with Colombo Kings facing Kandy Tuskers in the opening game.
The former beat the latter in an exciting super-over thriller.
The second game of the league will be played tonight between Galle Gladiators and Jaffna Stallions.
Gladiators’ captain Shahid Afridi was likely to miss the first game courtesy of his late arrival.
The former Pakistani captain had missed his scheduled early flight to the country on Nov 23 and arrived a day later.
Though, after clearing his antibodies test today, Afridi is all set to be in action for the Purple storm. Gladiator’s team manager, Nabeel Hashmi confirmed the news on Twitter.
Shahid Afridi, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Amir, Danushka Gunatilleka, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Akila Dananjaya, Milinda Siriwardena, Azam Khan, Lakshan Sandakan, Shehan Jayasuriya, Asitha Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, Mohammed Shiraz, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Chanaka Ruwansiri, Sahan Arachchi, Duvindu Tillakaratne, Chadwick Walton, Ashan Ali, Abdul Nasir, Waqas Maqsood
Thisara Perera, Johnson Charles, Wanidu Hasaranga, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Avishka Fernando, Dananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Binura Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Chathuranga de Silva, Mahesh Theekshana, Charith Asalanka, Nuwandinu Fernando, Kanakaratnam Kapilraj, Thevendiram Dinoshan, Vijayakanth Vijayakanth, Kyle Abbott, Duanne Olivier, Tom Moores, Prabhath Jayasuriya, Sebastianpillai Vijeyaraj