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LPL commencement date readjusted

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) decided to readjust the commencement date of the ‘Lanka Premier League’ (LPL) in order to ensure that participating players have adequate time to meet ‘quarantine requirements,’ as per the Government’s health regulations.

Accordingly, the commencement of the LPL, which was scheduled to start on November 14 will be shifted to November 21 delaying by a week. Whilst creating space for meeting quarantine requirements, the move is also aimed at giving an opportunity for the players taking part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to make it to the LPL.

Adjusting the commencement date of the LPL gives adequate time for the players playing in the IPL to make it to the LPL. “Since the IPL will go until the November 10, we thought to keep some space for the players taking part in the IPL, and who wish to make it to the LPL to take part in the tournament’’ said Ravin Wickramaratne, The Tournament Director, LPL.

The all-important ‘Player Draft’ of the LPL, which was to take place on the October 1 is now shifted to October 9. The Lanka Premier League will consist of five franchises, whilst each can buy up to six international players. Meanwhile certain foreign media reported that some Bangladeshi players who have been selected have decided to keep away from the LPL due to their domestic cricket commitment.

“We haven’t got any official confirmation from these players about their non-availability. Anyway, we have a backup list of players who are willing to play in this tournament in the event any player is willing to quit.” Concluded Ravin. (AN)