Murali, Dilshan to be Icon players in SLPL
Sri Lanka Cricket announced a list of franchises and respective Icon players for the Sri Lankan Premier League.
Royal Challengers Bangalore's Tillakaratne Dilshan will be the icon player for the Basnahira franchise the Basnahira Bears while Muttiah Muralitharan will be the icon player for the Uthura franchise, Uthura Oryxes.
Kumar Sangakkara (Kandurata), Lasith Malinga (Ruhuna) and Mahela Jayawardene (Wayamba) will be the icon players for three other franchises while two remaining franchises (Nagenahira and Uva) will have international players (yet to be named) as their icon players.
The seven teams will be owned privately and players will be picked by a draft system with the price of their contracts pre decided by SLC. The draft will be held in two different parts, one for domestic players and one for overseas players.
Squads will be kept to 18 players with a maximum of 6 overseas players of which up to 4 can be fielded in a playing XI. One Sri Lankan U-21 player will compulsorily have to be a part of the remaining 7 slots for domestic players in the playing XI.