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SLC to conduct Sri Lanka Premier League from Aug. 15

 Inaugural SLPL winners Uva Next team.
Inaugural SLPL winners Uva Next team.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is planning to launch the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) tournament from August 15 to September 4. SLC has already called for Expressions Of Interest (EOI) from a suitable Sports Marketing/Management Agency to manage and promote Lanka Premier League 2020 in collaboration with the SLC. If this tournament incorporate foreign players, it’s going to be the first International tournament after the lockdown period as the England, India, and South Africa match series was postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.

The LPL tournament planning, though, remains in its very preliminary stages, with no official announcement having yet come from the board. At present, SLC is working on the theory that LPL may feature five teams and could last over three weeks. According to the senior official of SLC, this LPL tournament consists of 23 matches over 26 match days under a double round robin format, plus two semi finals and a final. Each team will feature a squad of a total of 16 players, including a maximum of six international players of ICC’s full/ Associate member of countries, together with support staff in ten personal including two overseas coaches.

The LPL tournament is scheduled to play on four International venues, including R. Premadasa Colombo, Pallekela, and Rangiri Dambulla International stadium. Meanwhile, SLC already has written to other cricket boards about the prospect of a LPL while foreign players have also been approached.

Earlier, various cricket administration boards have tried repeatedly to conduct T-20 league tournament with the presence of foreign players. They only managed to conduct tournaments in 2012 Sri Lanka Premier League, and it was conducted with seven teams played single round robin tournament at two venues R. Premadasa and Pallekele and was sparsely attended and later attracted allegation of corruption. The debut edition was won by Uva Next team while Shaminda Eranga, who played for Nagenahira Nagas, team was awarded player of the series. Jacob Oram of New Zealand, who played for the Uva team has taken the highest wickets and Dilshan Munaweera has scored most runs of this inaugural tournament.

However, Sri Lanka has managed the COVID-19 crisis better than many other countries so far and SLC believes it has an opportunity to conduct this tournament successfully with safety especially under the health officials’ advice.

Meanwhile, senior officials of SLC also confirmed Government approval had been granted not just for the LPL, but also the India, Bangladesh cricket series, and Asia Cup which is the plan to conduct after the LPL. Sri Lanka all top players are available for this LPL and they already finished their first residential training seasons after the lockdown period at CCC grounds Colombo, while they started their second training camp yesterday at Pallekele with 24 players presence.

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