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Dambulla Sixers

Dambulla Sixers
LeagueLanka Premier League
Personnel
CaptainTBA
CoachTBA
OwnerSequoia Consultants, Inc.
Team information
CityDambulla, Central Province, Sri Lanka
Colours  Blue
Founded2020: Dambulla Viiking
2021: Dambulla Giants
2022: Dambulla Aura
2024: Dambulla Sixers
Home groundRangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
Capacity16,800
History
LPL wins0

T20I kit

Dambulla Sixers, previously known as Dambulla Aura, Dambulla Giants, and Dambulla Viiking, are a franchise Twenty20 cricket team based in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, that competes in the Lanka Premier League (LPL).

In June 2021, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) terminated the franchise ahead of the 2021 Lanka Premier League, due to financial issues.[1][2] In September 2021, the team changed their name to Dambulla Giants after changing owners.[3] Then, prior to the 2022 season, Aura Lanka brought the franchise and changed its name to Dambulla Aura.[4]

Seasons

Year League standing Final standing
2020 2nd out of 5 Semi-finalists
2021 4th out of 5 Playoffs
2022 5th out of 5 Group stage
2023 1st out of 5 Runners up

2024 season

In 2024, the team was purchased by Imperial Sports Group, who renamed it Dambulla Thunders.[5] Tamim Rahman, a co-owner of Dambulla Thunders, a British national of Bangladeshi origin, was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport a day after the 2024 LPL player auction. The special investigating unit for preventing sports-related offences of the Ministry of Sports made the arrest.[6] Following the arrest, LPL terminated its contract with Dambulla Thunders with immediate effect.[7] Innovative Production Group (IPG), the organisers of LPL announced, the fifth edition of the league will continue as planned despite the events related to Dambulla Thunders. IPG further stated that the Dambulla franchise will participate in the league under new ownership.[8] Incidentally, Viranjith Thambugala, chairman of Aura Lanka, the previous owner of Dambulla franchise, was arrested by Sri Lanka Police over allegations of financial fraud on the same day.[9]

Current squad

  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.
No. Name Nationality Date of birth Batting style Bowling style Year signed Salary
(US$)
Notes
Batters
Iftikhar Ahmed  Pakistan (1990-09-03) 3 September 1990 (age 33) Right handed Right-arm off break 2024 50,000 Overseas
Haider Ali  Pakistan (2000-10-02) 2 October 2000 (age 23) Right handed 2024 25,000 Overseas
Nuwanidu Fernando  Sri Lanka (1999-10-13) 13 October 1999 (age 24) Right handed Right-arm off break 2024 34,000
Asela Gunaratne  Sri Lanka (1986-01-08) 8 January 1986 (age 38) Right handed Right-arm medium-fast 2024 10,000
Santhush Gunathilake  Sri Lanka (1999-09-14) 14 September 1999 (age 24) Right handed 2024 6,000
Ibrahim Zadran  Afghanistan (2001-12-12) 12 December 2001 (age 22) Right handed Right-arm medium-fast 2024 Direct signing Overseas
Hazratullah Zazai  Afghanistan (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 26) Left handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2024 50,000 Overseas
Wicket-keepers
Sohan de Livera  Sri Lanka (2000-08-17) 17 August 2000 (age 23) Left handed 2024 5,000
Ranesh Silva  Sri Lanka (2002-01-24) 24 January 2002 (age 22) Right handed 2024 5,000
Lahiru Udara  Sri Lanka (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 30) Right handed 2024 14,000
All-rounders
Akila Dananjaya  Sri Lanka (1993-10-04) 4 October 1993 (age 30) Left handed Right-arm off break, Right-arm leg break 2024 20,000
Sonal Dinusha  Sri Lanka (2000-12-04) 4 December 2000 (age 23) Left handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2024 6,000
Rusanda Gamage  Sri Lanka (2004-10-05) 5 October 2004 (age 19) Left handed Right-arm off break 2024 5,000
Danushka Gunathilaka  Sri Lanka (1991-03-17) 17 March 1991 (age 33) Left handed Right-arm off break 2024 22,000
34 Dushan Hemantha  Sri Lanka (1994-05-24) 24 May 1994 (age 30) Right handed Right-arm leg break 2023 Retained
Karim Janat  Afghanistan (1998-08-11) 11 August 1998 (age 25) Right handed Right-arm medium 2024 80,000 Overseas
Mithun Jayawickrama  Sri Lanka (1990-06-28) 28 June 1990 (age 33) Right handed Right-arm off break 2024 5,000
Lahiru Madushanka  Sri Lanka (1992-09-12) 12 September 1992 (age 31) Right handed Right-arm fast-medium 2024 20,000
Ayana Siriwardhana  Sri Lanka (1999-04-08) 8 April 1999 (age 25) Right handed Right-arm off break 2024 5,000
Spin bowlers
92 Praveen Jayawickrama  Sri Lanka (1998-09-30) 30 September 1998 (age 25) Right handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2023 Retained
Pace bowlers
Dilshan Madushanka  Sri Lanka (2000-09-18) 18 September 2000 (age 23) Right handed Left-arm fast-medium 2024 Direct signing
Nuwan Pradeep  Sri Lanka (1986-10-19) 19 October 1986 (age 37) Right handed Right-arm fast-medium 2024 36,000
Mustafizur Rahman  Bangladesh (1995-09-06) 6 September 1995 (age 28) Left handed Left-arm fast-medium 2024 Direct signing Overseas
Nuwan Thushara  Sri Lanka (1994-08-06) 6 August 1994 (age 29) Right handed Right-arm medium-fast 2024 Direct signing

Sources: ESPNcricinfo,[10] ThePapare.com[11]

Statistics

Most runs

As of 19 August 2023
Runs Player Seasons
544 Dasun Shanaka 2020–2022
421 Niroshan Dickwella 2020–2021
301 Phil Salt 2021
239 Avishka Fernando 2023
227 Angelo Perera 2020
  • Source: CricInfo[12]

Highest individual score

As of 19 August 2023
Runs Player Opposition Venue Date
87 Kusal Mendis Colombo Strikers Pallekele 5 August 2023
80 Shevon Daniel Galle Gladiators Colombo 17 December 2022
77 Upul Tharanga Galle Gladiators Hambantota 5 December 2020
77 Jordan Cox Galle Gladiators Colombo 17 December 2022
75 * Chamika Karunaratne Jaffna Kings Hambantota 21 December 2021
  • Source: CricInfo[13]

Most wickets

As of 19 August 2023
Wickets Player Seasons
15 Imran Tahir 2021
13 Ramesh Mendis 2020–2022
12 Noor Ahmad 2022–2023
10 Dhananjaya de Silva 2023
10 Nuwan Pradeep 2021
  • Source: CricInfo[14]

Kit manufacturers and sponsors

Year Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor (front) Shirt sponsor (back) Chest branding
2020 Planet Hollywood Life Water
2021 Hamro
2022 TigerExch Aura Lanka
2023 Babu88 Sports Kheloyar Aura Airlines Sri Lanka

See also

References

  1. ^ "SLC approves termination of Colombo Kings and Dambulla Viiking". CricBuzz. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Colombo Kings, Dambulla Viiking terminate contracts, withdraw from LPL 2021". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  3. ^ "IPG announces new owner for Dambulla Giants". DailyFT. Archived from the original on 4 September 2021. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Aura Lanka Group secures ownership of Dambulla Team in LPL". Daily News. 6 December 2023. Retrieved 23 May 2024.
  5. ^ "Dambulla franchise rebranded as Dambulla Thunders for LPL 2024". ThePapare. 21 April 2024. Retrieved 26 April 2024.
  6. ^ Sanjeewa, Kanishka (22 May 2024). "Team Owner of Dambulla Thunders arrested for match-fixing charges". ThePapare. Retrieved 23 May 2024.
  7. ^ "LPL terminates contract with Dambulla Thunders following owner's arrest". ESPNcricinfo. 22 May 2024. Retrieved 23 May 2024.
  8. ^ "2024 LPL to go ahead as scheduled; Dambulla franchise to receive new ownership". Ada Derana. 23 May 2024. Retrieved 23 May 2024.
  9. ^ "Aura Lanka chairman Viranjith Thambugala arrested". Newswire. 22 May 2024. Retrieved 23 May 2024.
  10. ^ "Pathirana, Udana, Janat the most expensive picks in LPL 2024 auction". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 May 2024.
  11. ^ "LPL 2024 Auction: Full Squads of all 5 Teams". ThePapare. 21 May 2024. Retrieved 22 May 2024.
  12. ^ "Most career runs". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  13. ^ "Highest individual score". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  14. ^ ESPNcricinfo, Last Updated: 20 December 2021


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