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B-Love Kandy

B-Love Kandy
LeagueLanka Premier League
Personnel
CaptainWanindu Hasaranga
CoachMushtaq Ahmed
OwnerOmar Khan (B-love Network)
Team information
CityKandy, Central Province
Colors  Red
Founded2020: Kandy Tuskers
2021: Kandy Warriors
2022: Kandy Falcons
2023: B-Love Kandy
Home groundPallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
Capacity35,000
History
LPL wins1
Official websiteblovekandy.com

T20I kit

B-Love Kandy, formerly known as Kandy Falcons (2022), Kandy Warriors (2021), and Kandy Tuskers (2020), is a Sri Lankan franchise professional Twenty20 cricket team that competes in the Lanka Premier League (LPL), representing the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka which was founded in 2020. Chris Gayle signed up as the marquee overseas player and Kusal Perera as the local icon Player.[1][2] In October 2021, the team changed their name to Kandy Warriors after changing owners.[3] They further changed their name to Kandy Falcons in 2022.[4]

In 2023, prior to the LPL auction, the franchise was bought by the B-Love network led by Omar Khan.[5]

Seasons

Year League table standing Final standing
2020 5th out of 5 League stage
2021 5th out of 5 League stage
2022 1st out of 5 Playoffs
2023 3rd out of 5 Champions

2022 season

The team underwent three ownership and name changes in as many years. In the 2022 edition, the team signed Wanindu Hasaranga as part of the pre-draft signing.[6] Four West Indian players, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, and Andre Fletcher were drafted in for the franchise later.[7]

Current squad

  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.
No. Name Nationality Date of birth (age) Batting style Bowling style Year Signed Salary (US$) Notes
Batsman
Ashen Bandara  Sri Lanka (1998-11-23) 23 November 1998 (age 25) Right handed Right-arm leg break 2024 28,000
Andre Fletcher  Grenada (1987-11-28) 28 November 1987 (age 36) Right handed Right-arm medium-fast 2024 Direct signing Overseas
Dimuth Karunaratne  Sri Lanka (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 (age 36) Right handed Right-arm medium 2024 10,000
All-rounders
Wanindu Hasaranga  Sri Lanka (1997-07-29) 29 July 1997 (age 26) Right handed Right-arm leg break 2023 Retained Local Icon Player & Captain
Angelo Mathews  Sri Lanka (1987-06-02) 2 June 1987 (age 36) Right handed Right-arm medium 2023 Retained Local Platinum Player
Kamindu Mendis  Sri Lanka (1998-09-30) 30 September 1998 (age 25) Left handed Slow left-arm orthodox, Right-arm off break 2023 Retained
Ramesh Mendis  Sri Lanka (1995-07-07) 7 July 1995 (age 28) Right handed Right-arm off break 2024 10,000
Dasun Shanaka  Sri Lanka (1991-09-09) 9 September 1991 (age 32) Right handed Right-arm medium 2024 84,000
Chaturanga de Silva  Sri Lanka (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 34) Left handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2024 30,000
Wicket-keepers
Dinesh Chandimal  Sri Lanka (1989-11-18) 18 November 1989 (age 34) Right handed Right arm off break 2024 40,000
Mohammad Haris  Pakistan (2001-03-30) 30 March 2001 (age 23) Right handed Right arm off break 2024 Direct signing Overseas
Spin bowlers
Pace bowlers
Dushmantha Chameera  Sri Lanka (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 32) Right handed Right-arm fast 2023 Retained

Source – ESPNCricinfo

Captains

No. Player From To Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
1 Kusal Perera 2020 2020 8 2 5 1 0 31.25
2 Angelo Perera 2021 2021 8 2 6 0 0 25.00
3 Wanindu Hasaranga 2022 2023 19 13 6 0 0 68.42
4 Angelo Mathews 2023 2023 1 1 0 0 0 100.00

Source: ESPNcricinfo, Last updated: 18 December 2021

See also

References

  1. ^ Report, K. T. "LPL will boost interest and offer opportunities for youngsters, feel Jaffna team owners". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  2. ^ Scroll staff (19 October 2020). "Cricket: Gayle, du Plessis, Afridi among marquee names picked in Lanka Premier League draft". scroll.in. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Lanka Premier League's Kandy Franchise Get New Owners". News18. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  4. ^ "LPL 2022 Draft LIVE: Squads FINAL! Baby AB Dewald Brevis to make LPL debut with Kandy Falcons: Check LPL 2022 Full Squads". Inside Sports. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  5. ^ "LPL : New Kandy franchise owners announced". Newswire. Retrieved 9 June 2023.
  6. ^ Balasuriya, Madushka (2 July 2022). "LPL 2022 draft: Kandy Falcons sign Hasaranga; Rajapaksa to turn out for Dambulla Giants". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 December 2022.
  7. ^ "Jimmy Neesham, Carlos Brathwaite headline overseas names for LPL". Daily Mirror. Wijeya Newspapers. 25 November 2022. Retrieved 6 December 2022.


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