Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians) and Isuru Udana (RCB) are set to play in the IPL | Daily News

Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians) and Isuru Udana (RCB) are set to play in the IPL

Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians) and Isuru Udana (RCB) are set to play in the IPL
Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians) and Isuru Udana (RCB) are set to play in the IPL

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are exploring the possibilities of bringing forward the Lanka Premier League (LPL) franchise based Twenty20 Cricket Tournament, so that all top players would be able to participate in the high profile Indian Premier League (IPL) scheduled to be worked off in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The LPL which includes five franchise teams, is set to commence on August 28 and end on September 20 while the more lucrative IPL is scheduled to begin on September 19 and conclude on November 8.

“I think even the IPL itinerary is not yet confirmed but we should be able to adjust the dates once their fixtures are announced,” a high ranking official of SLC told the Daily News yesterday.

“We opened the bids for the event title holder on Friday and the Procurement Committee is going through the papers and so, once we get an event title holder then we will have to sit and discuss the rest of the itinerary,” the official emphasised.

Sri Lanka’s ace fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been retained by the defending IPL champions Mumbai Indians while all-rounder Isuru Udana has been bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

In addition, Mumbai Indians Head Coach Mahela Jayawardene is also tipped to be the Coach of one of the franchise teams of the LPL.

“As we know most of the top players and coaches would opt for the IPL and we should be able to adjust the dates if the IPL calendar is confirmed but all depends on how the LPL title holder decides,” he explained.

“We are also trying to get the approval from our health authorities and we expect a lot of things to happen this week despite the General Elections and we might get a clearer picture by Friday,” the official added further.

Meanwhile, the SLC is also looking at the possibilities of conducting a much shorter tournament with less number of matches to suit the requirement of the players competing in the IPL.

“We have two options for the LPL. One is the 13-match tournament and the second option is a 23-match tournament. But right now we are pushing for the 23-match tournament,” he concluded.

 


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