Ahead of this year’s Lanka Premier League in August, Dambulla Giants are in the process of putting through the pieces and the franchise owner Q. Khan was in Colombo recently for a round of meetings. Dambulla’s biggest star is Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka and Q is confident that the success Shanaka has brought into the national team could soon be seen with the franchise as well.
“The greatest thing about Dasun as a captain is that he is someone who is very humble and gives all his players a fair chance to express their views. By doing so, he has won the trust of the players,” Q explained in an interview with The Island.
Q was born in Pakistan and he is currently settled in the UK since 1977 and follows the game of cricket closely and maintains a close rapport with the sport’s key stakeholders.
“We at Dambulla Giants insist that our local players are going to win us championships and we need to invest on them a lot. It was great to see someone like Janith Liyanage, who caught everyone’s eyes by performing well for the franchise going onto represent Sri Lanka. A bright future is ahead of him.”
“Then there are obviously other young talents like Ramesh Mendis and Chamika Karunaratne who have gone onto become household names in the sport now,” Q added.
Due to the pandemic fan engagement during the last LPL was limited but now with restrictions easing out, Dambualla giants have some plans to build up a fan base and make the competition more entertaining.
This year’s LPL will potentially have a T-10 league as well in December apart from the T-20 competition which will start off in August.