On the eve of the domestic season, Reykjavík and Hafnarfjörður have announced further successful recruitment. Reykjavík have signed Khan Gul, a genuinely pacy bowler who was previously on Kópavogur’s books in 2017 and made two appearances for the national team that year, and Nirosh Wijesundara, a right-arm slow bowler looking to make his debut. Hafnarfjörður have signed Tajdar Khan, a batsman who has previously played for Garðabær in the 2018 Summer Solstice Sixes and for Kópavogur in the 2018 Volcanic Ashes.
Additionally, Hafnarfjörður welcome five new refugees: Shafiq Bahi, Shak Hasan, Irfan Khan, Zakarya Khan and Kaleem Sadiq. Of course, it is never known how long refugees will be with us, but the Icelandic Cricket Association is always happy to give them a haven for recreation.
The massive news, though, is that the country’s two best players have changed teams in a last-minute transfer. Derick Deonarain will now play for Reykjavík instead of Hafnarfjörður, while Dushan Bandara travels in the opposite direction. The latter change is considered quite a coup for the Hammers, since Bandara was to be the Vikings’ captain for this year.
Reykjavik’s new captain is Prabhath Weerasooriya, and his deputy will be Lakshitha Bimsara. Hafnarfjörður have confirmed Chamley Fernando as Samuel Gill’s number two.