KINGSTON, Jamaica — Three stars of Sri Lankan cricket, Mahela Jayawardene, Tilakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga, have been added to the pool of international players to feature in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) draft which is set to take place in early 2015, organisers reported Friday.
The three will join other top class T20 international players including South African all-rounder, Jacques Kallis, for the third staging of the tournament.
Malinga, who played in the first CPL tournament in 2013 when he joined the Guyana Amazon Warriors for the knock out stages, said; “I really enjoyed my time in the CPL in 2013 and I’m thrilled to be involved again for the 2015 edition. Caribbean fans are fantastic and it’s a pleasure to play cricket in that kind of atmosphere.”
Since its inception in 2013, the CPL has packed stadiums across the region and attracted global TV audiences in excess of 65 million people, the organisers said, adding that the T20 tournament has also brought major economic benefit to Caribbean nations with a recent economic impact study revealing that it injected a massive US$166 million into the region’s economy during the 2014 tournament.
“CPL seems to be attracting some of the top names in the game so I am really looking forward to being involved again in 2015 and hope to make my mark on the tournament,” said Dilshan who also played in the regional T20 competition.
Meanwhile Jayawardene said; “I’ve loved playing cricket in the West Indies throughout my career so I am really looking forward to having the opportunity to take part in the CPL in 2015.”