Four local cricketers, Thisara Perera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Avishka Fernando and Maheesh
Theekshana will team up with Jaffna Kings as Retained Players for the upcoming 2021 Lanka
Premier League (LPL). The four players were a part of the Jaffna team that won the
championship in the 2020 LPL.
Thisara Perera, a seasoned National player, is already announced the Captain of Jaffna Kings.
A brilliant right-arm bowler and an aggressive left-handed batman, Perera is a top-performing
all-rounder. He is an experienced T20 and ODI player and has hat-tricks in both forms.
Thisara has set a number of T20 records which made him a role model for aspiring cricketers.
He played several memorable innings during the previous LPL tournament which sparked
admiration among national and international cricket audiences. He has scored unbeaten
60 runs with 7 fours and 3 sixes in 29 balls for the Army Sports Club at Major Club 50-Over
Tournament held yesterday (27/10/2021).
Wanindu Hasaranga is a talented all-rounder, who plays for the Sri Lankan national team in
all the three formats. An impactful middle order batsman, and a skilled right-arm leg break
bowler, Hasaranga was a part of the winning team of last year’s LPL. He is placed second
among the best bowlers in T20 rankings and became the only Sri Lankan cricketer to play a
match at IPL 2021. Hasaranga became the Hero of the LPL 2020 as well as the highest
wicket taker making the tournament a memorable experience for the Jaffna team. His
remarkable performance can be seen in the ongoing T20 World Cup tournament as well.
Avishka Fernando is an accomplished right-hand top order batsman who was among the top
five highest run getters in LPL 2020. He displayed outstanding skills in the recent T20 match
against Oman in which he changed the direction of the game in favour of Sri Lanka. He is
aptly called a ‘game changer’ due to his stunning performances in these matches. Fernando is
a top ranked LPL cricketer who gave his utmost to ensure the victory of the Jaffna team in
last year’s LPL.
Maheesh Theekshana is a gifted and youthful right arm off break bowler who was also a
part of the winning Jaffna team in the previous LPL tournament. Theekshana won the
attention of cricket community at his debut international match by taking a wicket with his
first ball. The audience also witnessed his mastery in recent international matches for Sri
Lanka and he is among leading wicket takers of ongoing T20 World Cup as well. Earning a
well-deserved title, Theekshana became the Man of the Match at Abu Dhabi T10 Final this
year. His capabilities earned him the moniker ‘mystery spinner’ by international cricketers
Apart from the four local players Jaffna Kings will also team up with two international
cricketers. Accordingly, Francois du Plessis (Overseas Icon Player) and Wahab Riaz
(Overseas Diamond Player) will join the team as Pre-Draft Players. Both cricketers share an
impressive track record in playing Franchise cricket tournaments. Such a fiery combination
will surely give Jaffna Kings a competitive edge in the upcoming LPL.
About Jaffna Kings
Jaffna Kings is a franchise cricket team that will take part in the Lanka Premier League (LPL).
Jaffna team is the defending Champion of LPL as they won the inaugural edition in 2020.
The franchise is owned by Lyca Group, a British multinational corporation delivering
low-cost, high-quality products and services to communities. Sri Lanka-born British
entrepreneur, Allirajah Subaskaran is the founder and chairman of Lyca Group of companies
in the UK. The group has been diversifying its businesses in the South Asian region with a
strong presence in India and Sri Lanka.