Pakistan star all-rounder and former captain Shahid Afridi is set to feature in the inaugural Lanka Premier League (LPL) after being confirmed as the marquee signing for Galle Gladiators.
The announcement was made at the launch ceremony of Galle Gladiators, which is owned by the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Quetta Gladiators. The first team sold for LPL 2020, purchased by Mr. Nadeem Omar from Omar Sports.
“We have got Shahid Afridi as our icon player. It is a huge honor for us to have such a great servant of Pakistan cricket represent us and we are overwhelmed to have Afridi in the Galle team,” Galle Gladiators owner Nadeem Omar said during the signing event held in Karachi.
Additionally, Galle Gladiators have signed former wicketkeeper-batsman Moin Khan as the team head coach. Moin Khan also coaches Quetta in the PSL, helping them clinch their maiden title in 2019.
“I’m really glad to be a part of this. I think this is the only country in the region [without a T20 franchise league] as BPL, IPL, and PSL are happening. I hope it will be as good as other leagues taking place elsewhere,” Moin Khan said.
On the occasion, IPG Group’s Managing partner and CEO, Jawad Gulam Rasool added:
We at IPG Group believe in our vision of creating a world-class league with LPL. With the global pandemic, we take this as an opportunity to bring back the spirit of sports to cricket fans all over the world
The event will now be officially launched in mid-November with the final on December 6. IPG Group is the official rights holder of the event. IPG will be handeling
- Team Franchise / Team Ownership Rights
- International Media Rights
- Ground Sponsorship Rights
- AV Production Rights