Matheesha Pathirana shatters records in LPL 2024 auction

The thrilling five-team tournament is scheduled to kick off on July 1

Matheesha Pathirana shatters records in LPL 2024 auction PHOTO: AFP

Sri Lanka's right-arm pacer Matheesha Pathirana has rewritten the history books, emerging as the most expensive player ever auctioned in the Lanka Premier League (LPL). 

The 21-year-old speedster fetched an astonishing $120,000 as he was snapped up by the Colombo Strikers during Tuesday's auction.

Pathirana's remarkable feat surpassed the previous record of $92,000 set by Dilshan Madushanka in the last season of the T20 tournament. 

However, Pathirana wasn't the sole highlight of the auction frenzy. All-rounder Isuru Udana commanded a hefty price tag of $100,000 as he was acquired by the Galle Marvels, closely followed by Dasun Shanaka, another dynamic all-rounder, who secured a deal worth $85,000.

The international flavor added spice to the proceedings as Afghanistan's Karim Janat, renowned for his right-arm medium pace, fetched a significant sum of $80,000 from the Dambulla Thunders. Additionally, the Thunders invested $50,000 in Hazratullah Zazai, a formidable left-hand batsman, further enhancing their roster.

Not to be outdone, Jaffna Kings made a strategic move by acquiring South Africa's left-hand batsman Rilee Rossouw for a substantial sum of $60,000.

With the stage set and anticipation building, cricket enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await the commencement of the thrilling five-team tournament scheduled to kick off on July 1.