Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs has appointed as head coach of Colombo Kings.
Gibbs will work alongside former Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath in the team’s coaching department. Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews currently captains the Colombo Kings.
Herschelle Gibbs has featured in 90 Tests and 248 ODIs for South Africa, scoring 6167 and 8094 runs respectively.
Gibbs joined the Colombo Kings on Thursday, the popularity of the LPL has been hit severely due to a number of prominent names pulling out of the tournament.
Chris Gayle, Liam Plunkett and Sri Lanka’s very own Lasith Malinga have decided to give the LPL a miss this year.
“Since the West Indies series early this year, I haven’t had any cricket, and there hasn’t been any training for me at all. When the draft happened last month, I thought there would be about three weeks of training before the LPL, but there has been nothing,” said Malinga.
Five teams will compete in 23 matches in the LPL. The Colombo Kings will take on the Kandy Tuskers in the opening match at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota on November 26th.