From Colombo Super Kings to Jaffna Sunrisers: Lankan Premier League teams' names heavily inspired by IPL franchises
Sri Lanka is all set to stage a multi-team T20 league this month as the Lanka Premier League is slated to start on August 28th. It has been confirmed that the tournament will end on September 20th but the Sri Lankan board is yet to announce an official schedule of the fixtures.
A total of five teams from Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna will be vying the clinch the title in the franchise-based tournament. To attract more fans and to garner attention, the states are also going to have a unique name before plying their trade in the league.
There has been no confirmation yet but according to reports, the teams' names are Colombo Super Kings, Galle Lions, Kandy Royals, Jaffna Sunrisers and Dambulla Capitals. All the five names are inspired by the names of popular IPL franchises. Colombo have taken a cue from Chennai Super Kings while Galle have been inspired by Gujarat Lions. Kandy, Jaffna and Dambulla have also come up with names resembling Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals .
70 cricketers have been listed for Lanka Premier League
It will be interesting to see how the aforementioned IPL franchises react to Sri Lankan teams taking up such names. A total of 70 cricketers have been listed for the tournament and the list includes names like Liam Plunkett, Dwayne Smith and Tim Southee. As reported by ESPNcricinfo, the tournament's draft is likely to take place soon where franchises will be in a tussle to reap gains.
A few Sri Lankan stars, who are a part of IPL 2020, will miss the initial phase of the cash-rich league in the UAE. With LPL running till September 20, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to wait for a while before Lasith Malinga and Isuru Udana fly down to the Middle East country.
The thirteenth edition of the IPL, in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, has been shifted to the UAE this year. Considering the current situation across the globe, all players will be in a bio-secure bubble in the UAE.
According to reports, former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan was also among the players who were listed for Lanka Premier League. However, he had denied the rumours on Twitter, saying he hasn't confirmed availability for any league. 'I wish to play T20 Leagues around the world in future, but at this stage, I haven't confirmed my availability in any Leagues,' Irfan had clarified.
Here's how Twitter reacted:
You get a deja vu feeling, with the names of the teams for the 2020 Lanka Premier League (LPL).
&dhndash; Colombo Super Kings (CSK)
&dhndash; Dambulla Capitals (DC)
&dhndash; Galle Lions (GL)
&dhndash; Jaffna Sunrisers (JS)
&dhndash; Kandy Royals (KR)
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 10, 2020
— Sudipta Biswas (@SudptaBiswas) August 10, 2020
Thankfully they cant copy Mumbai Indians @mipaltan
— Gotham (@GothamTikyani) August 11, 2020
Kandy Knight Riders would have been good… #KKR
— $h@r!q شارق (@Im_Shariq) August 10, 2020
Full marks for creativity to @OfficialSLC 藍藍
— Ashutosh Paibhale ( Mr PredictKar) (@astutetosh) August 10, 2020
Lack of minimum imagination, I suppose.
— Cricket Culture (@RahulGhosh_CC) August 10, 2020
We should wait for there jersey's as well藍藍
— ️Yuvraj️ (@YuvrajAgarwal20) August 10, 2020
When copying assignment from friend..
Friend : Thoda change karke copy karna..@daniel86cricket
— Akhilesh (@iAkhil25i) August 10, 2020
— Anubhav Chatterjee (@ac89_tweets) August 10, 2020
They copied Gujrat Lions name as well but not Royal Challengers.. smartness level https://t.co/0xMThJ4cSM
— Niraj Khatri❤️ (@NirajK07Cricket) August 11, 2020
Wonder what the Great Sri Lankan Tweeter has to say about this. https://t.co/hDsnGgmWHV
— Suneer (@suneerchowdhary) August 10, 2020
Lmao they really got creative. https://t.co/iroIXmHFdI
— Abhi (@swizz_e) August 10, 2020
According to the Sunday Times Report: Five Teams for the Lanka Premier League Tournament &dhndash; 23 matches over 15 match days.
— Rajesh Khilare (@Cricrajeshpk) August 9, 2020