Wanindu Hasaranga has been denied a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to play in the Hundred by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and as a result has been forced to cancel his £100,000 contract with Manchester Originals.
Ashley de Silva, SLC’s chief executive, told ESPNcricinfo that the board has rejected his request because they want him to be physically and mentally fresh for the Asia Cup, which starts on August 27, and the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.
Originals had previously expected Hasaranga to miss the Hundred due to a clash with the Lanka Premier League, before that tournament was postponed. They have the option to keep him for the 2023 season if they can sign a contract with him.
ESPNcricinfo understands Tristan Stubbs, the mid-range batter who hit 72 from 28 balls in the first T20I against England last week, has been signed as a replacement and will join Originals after South Africa’s second T20I against Ireland on Friday.
Originals will play their first game of the 2022 season against Northern Superchargers at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday night and are likely to fill their three overseas slots with Andre Russell, Ashton Turner and Sean Abbott. Turner is expected to step out of the XI when Stubbs is available and then return to the side when Russell leaves for the CPL, which starts on September 1.
Elsewhere, Welsh Fire confirmed on Thursday that Naseem Shah has withdrawn from the tournament following his selection for the Pakistani tour to the Netherlands and the Asian Cup. Naseem did not play in Fire’s loss to Southern Brave on the opening night and will not join the squad. They haven’t announced a replacement yet.
Birmingham Phoenix have brought in Brett D’Oliveira, the Worcestershire all-rounder, and Timm van der Gugten, the Glamorgan sailor, as injury replacements for Tom Abell and Olly Stone respectively. “We are delighted to add two experienced players to the Phoenix men’s team,” said Craig Flindall, their general manager.