The LPL (Lanka Premier League) is set to begin on November 26 – here’s the lowdown on the English players signed up for the competition.
English players at the LPL:
Samit Patel – Dambulla Hawks
The Notts all-rounder enters the LPL on the back of a couple of eventful months; in October he was on hand to help his county to the T20 Blast title, and in November he was part of Lahore Qalandars’ run to their first PSL final. While the Qalandars fell to a five-wicket defeat, it wrapped up a campaign for Patel in which he averaged 27 with the bat – at a strike rate of 146 – and 24 with the ball.
Daniel Bell-Drummond – Colombo Kings
Bell-Drummond –who has previously played in the Bangladesh Premier League and New Zealand’s Super Smash – enjoyed an excellent T20 Blast season in 2020. The powerful Kent right-hander led the run-scoring charts with 423 runs at an average of 42.30, with his strike rate an impressive 154.94 as he let loose in the powerplay.
Laurie Evans – Colombo Kings
Evans has become something of a T20 globetrotter and consistent run-getter in the T20 Blast over the last few years. After leaving Sussex for Surrey earlier this year, he was a key cog in his side’s run to the Blast final, finishing the tournament with 363 runs at 45.37 and a strike rate beyond 150.
Tom Moores – Jaffna Stallions
Wicketkeeper-batsman Moores is the other Notts player signed up for the tournament. The 24-year-old has previously played in the Pakistan Super League for Multan Sultans.