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SLC to conduct U-19 Youth League Tournament

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will conduct an Under 19 Youth League tournament from June 19 to 28 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and Asgiriya Cricket Stadium. This inaugural 50-over tournament consists of 11 matches as part of its move toward building a core group of young players for the next Under 19 World Cup and beyond.

The tournament will consist of five teams, namely, Colombo – South, Colombo-North, Galle, Kandy, and Dambulla. While a squad will consist of 13 players and 2 standby players, selected by the Junior Selection Committee headed by Ranjith Madurasinghe.

In addition, Sri Lanka Cricket’s Executive Committee approved several new programmes at a meeting held last Tuesday.

The Annual Tournament Grant given to Major Clubs to compete in the SLC conducted Major Club Tournament across all formats will be increased by another LKR 2.5 million per club, effective from the current year. With this increase, each club will receive an annual grant of LKR 27.5 million to be utilized during the ongoing Major Club season.

The increase was affected taking into consideration the current economic climate in the country. Accordingly, SLC will invest a total of LKR 715 million as ‘Tournament Grants’ for the Major Clubs during this year. Meanwhile, a decision was taken to conduct a Women’s T20 Invitational Tournament for Division 1 Clubs and Major Clubs during the ongoing year.

Accordingly, 6 ‘Division 1’ Clubs and 5 ‘Major Clubs’ will take part in the tournament, which is expected to be played in June 2022.

The move is aimed at strengthening women’s cricket in Sri Lanka. The National women’s team of India will tour Sri Lanka in June 2022 to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. The ODI series will be played under the ICC Women’s Championship.

A decision was taken to grant LKR 5 million each to 9 Major Clubs who have their own grounds. The grant is aimed at helping those clubs to maintain and enhance their grounds and infrastructure.

Meanwhile, SLC Exco decided to make an outright grant of LKR 20 million, in addition to the LKR 40 million given to Colts Cricket Club towards the construction of a new Clubhouse and a pavilion.

The two SLC-owned Bungalows in the Surrey Village Cricket Ground, Maggona will be renovated. Once renovated, the facility will be used to provide accommodation for club teams, who come to play cricket at Surrey. (SLC media release)

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