Three domestic players – medium pacers Love Ablish, Shalab Srivatava and batsman Manvinder Bisla – have joined IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab for the third season of the Twenty20 League starting next month.
Ablish is a home grown talent who has returned after a stint in the rebel ICL while Srivatava is from Uttar Pradesh and the Haryana-born wicket keeper batsman Bisla plays for Jammu and Kashmir currently.
Kings XI Punjab coach Tom Moody, said that the inclusion of the trio ‘further strengthens and revitalizes’ KXIP.
“They not only bring extra zeal to excel but also add fresh talent to the field with their exemplary ability with the ball and bat. Their zest to learn will ensure KXIP reaches newer heights and is ready to face any competition this season,” he was quoted of saying in a media release.
The IPL team’s new captain Kumar Sangakkara welcomed the additions saying the three players “have shown some great performances in the past at Ranji Trophy from their respective states”.
“These three players are exemplary performers and bring their passion, commitment and talent to the team,” added the Sri Lanka national team skipper.
With their inclusion the squad comrpises ten international players, eight others who have represented India at the international level and the other 14 being performers at the domestic level.