The eighth edition of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) is all set to get underway on August 16. A total of seven teams will fight it out for the glory as the Bijapur Bulls will look to defend their title. A total of 25 T20 matches will be played and the final is scheduled to take place on August 31. Bengaluru, Mysuru and Hubli were supposed to host the whole tournament but the organisers had to reconsider the venues due to the forecast of consistent rain in Hubli.
The Karanataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has shifted all the matches to Bengaluru and Mysuru. The competition will kick start with the game between the Bengaluru Blasters and Mysuru Warriors. The Chinnaswamy Stadium will host a total of 15 matches while Mysuru has got a chance to play hosts for 10 games including the final.
August 24 is the rest day for all the teams during which they will also travel to Mysuru from Bengaluru to play the second leg of the matches. Earlier, the second leg (Match 10 to Match 16) was set to be played in Hubli only for the rain to spoil the party.
Big names in the league
The likes of Vinay Kumar, Krishnappa Gowtham, Manish Pandey among others are some of the big starts set to take part in the competition. The U19 star Devdutt Padikkal will also ply his trade this year and will share the dressing room with the IPL star Gowtham for the Bellary Tuskers.
Manish Pandey’s availability for the Belagavi Panthers is still not clear as he is currently the part of the Indian team in the West Indies. The ongoing ODI series will conclude on August 14 after which Pandey is expected to return home. It remains to be seen from when he will be available to play the tournament for his team.
Rongsen Jonathan, Rohan Kadam, Nishant Shekhawat, Rishi Bopanna, Manoj S Bhandage, Bharath Dhuri, KN Bharath, Sharath BR, Anurag Bajpai, V Koushik, Anand Doddamani, Anil I G, Nikin Jose, Kishore Kamat, Bharath Devaraj, Kuldeep Kumar, Muthanna Chandrashekhar, Aditya Goyal.
Amit Verma, Shoaib Manager, Praveera Venkatesh Murthy, Krishnamurthy Siddharth, Manjesh Reddy, Dega Nischal, Aniruddha Joshi, BU Shivkumar, Utham Aiyappa, Vinay Sagar, LR Chethan, Jagadeesha Suchith, Vyshak Vijay Kumar, Kushaal Wadhwani, Ram Sarikh Yadav, Devaiah, Saurabh Yadav, Sankalp Shettennavar, Kishan Bedare, Jayesh Babu.
Mohammed Taha, Parikshith Shetty, Shishir Bhavane, KB Pawan, KL Shrijith, M Vishwanathan, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Dubey, Aditya Somanna, Vidyadhar Patil, Shivil Koushik, David Mathias, Mitrakanth Yadav, Mahesh Patel, Abilash Shetty, Luvnith Sisodia, Suraj Seshadri, Dheeraj Shashidhar.
Devdutt Padikkal, Abhishek Reddy, Gaurav Dhiman, Karthik CA, Sharana Basawa, Krishnappa Gowtham, Nizar Niyas, Zeeshan Ali Sayeed, CM Gautam, Srinivas Sharath, Prasidh Krishna, Abrar Kazi, KP Appanna, Bhavesh Gulecha, Ruchir Joshi, Suraj Reddy, Vishnu Priyan.
Abhinav Manohar, Arshdeep Singh Brar, Mir Kaunain Abbas, Ravikumar Samarth, Manish Pandey, Dikshanshu Negi, Abdul Majid, Lochan Appanna, Stallin Hoover, AM Kiran, Shubhan Hegde, Avinash D, Ritesh Bhatkal, Zahoor Farooqui, Darshan MB, Darshan Machaiah, Sharan Gowda, Rakshith S.
M Nidhish, Akshay Ballal, Pradeep Gangadhar, Pavan Deshpande, SP Manjunath, Nihal Ullal, Rohith Gowda, Abhimanyu Mithun, Arjun Hoysala, HS Sharath, K Hoysala, Pradeep T, Prithviraj Shekawat, Sujit N Gowda, Prashanth S, Rishabh Singh, Rohit K, S Shivaraj.
Bharath Chipli, Liyan Khan, R Praveen Kumar, Gonnabattula Chiranjeevi, Mohit BA, Samarth Ooty, Baju Bhatkal, Suneel Raju, Bhareth NP, Santhebennur Akshay, KC Cariappa, Prateek Jain, Naveen MG, Pranav Bhatia, Shimon Luiz, Swapnil Yelave, Suraj Kamath, Jashwanth Acharya.
KPL 8 schedule. (Photo Source: KPL)
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