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8 Lankans in 2024 IPL player auction list

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The official player list for the highly anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 auction has been unveiled, featuring 333 cricketers scheduled to go under the gavel in Dubai at the Coca-Cola Arena on December 19th, 2023.

Out of 333 players, 214 are Indians and 119 are overseas players of which 2 players are from associate nations. The total capped players are 116, uncapped players are 215 and 2 from associate nations.

A maximum of 77 slots are now available with up to 30 being slotted for overseas players.

INR 2 crore is the highest reserve price with 23 players choosing to be slotted in the highest bracket.

13 players are in the auction list with a base price of INR 1.5 crore.

The Auction will start at 1PM Local time (Dubai) – 2:30 PM IST.

The list features 08 Sri Lankan players consisting of Wanindu Hasaranga, Kusal Mendis, Dilshan Madushanka, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Dushmanta Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, and Nuwan Thushara, each enter the auction with a base price of INR 50 lakhs to INR 150 lakhs.

Earlier, all ten IPL franchises had already made strategic decisions to retain and release players for the 2024 edition. Wanindu Hasaranga and Dasun Shanaka, formerly associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans, respectively, find themselves back in the auction pool after being released. Meanwhile, Bhanuka Rajapaksa has been let go by the Punjab Kings.

However, the Chennai Super Kings have chosen to retain Sri Lankan fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana and spin bowler Mahesh Theekshana for the upcoming season.

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SL cricket team returns

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The Sri Lanka cricket squad returned to the island this morning after a disappointing run at the ICC T20 World Cup.

The team reached the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake.

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Wedding bells for Tharjini

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Sri Lanka’s former star netball player – Tharjini Sivalingam has entered wedlock.

Fans have been delighted as photos of her wedding had made rounds on social media.

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Draft constitution for SLC presented to President

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The draft constitution for the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, prepared by the Judge Chitrasiri Committee, was presented to President Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Presidential Secretariat today (15). 

The draft was handed over by Committee Chairman, retired Supreme Court Judge K.T. Chitrasiri, alongside other committee members.

The initiative to address challenges faced by Sri Lanka Cricket and provide suitable recommendations led to the appointment of a Cabinet Sub-Committee on November 6, 2023. 

Chaired by Minister of Foreign Affairs and President’s Counsel Ali Sabry, the sub-committee included Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara, Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara, and Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles.

After extensive discussions with stakeholders involved in cricket, the sub-committee presented its report to the Cabinet on January 8, 2024. 

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