Zaheer Abbas joins Galle Gladiators management for Lanka Premier League
Legendary batsman Zaheer Abbas has been appointed Galle Gladiators' chairman for the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League.
Abbas, who was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in August, joins the likes of Wasim Akram and Moin Khan in the Gladiators' management to boast a star-studded backroom staff.
The 23-match tournament will commence on November 21 with the final scheduled to be held on December 13. All games will be staged across the two venues of Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy and the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota.
Abbas' addition in Galle Gladiators' set-up lends further star power to the franchise that is owned by 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) winners Quetta Gladiators.
The 73-year-old, dubbed as the 'Asian Bradman' in his playing days, has held several high-profile administrative posts since his retirement including his tenure as the last ICC president before the position was abolished.
Galle's squad has an eclectic mix of quality veteran players and promising stars who have already made their mark on the competitive arena.
Shahid Afridi was announced as the marquee signing of the team during the official unveiling ceremony for Galle Gladiators preceding the draft. Fellow compatriots Mohammad Amir and Sarfaraz Ahmed will also don the Gladiators jersey whereas Colin Ingram has been roped in to boost the batting department.
Among the young guns selected, Afghanistan prodigy Hazratullah Zazai, power-hitter Azam Khan and Sri Lankan rising sensation Bhanuka Rajapaksa add to the versatility. Pace bowling maestro Lasith Malinga is the local icon for Gladiators, who will be coached by Moin.
The online draft for the LPL took place on Monday where all the stakeholders, franchise owners and head coaches of all five participating sides were present.
The draft saw the likes of Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis, Shoaib Malik, Chris Gayle, David Miller and Wahab Riaz being snapped up by the different teams.