Amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to go ahead with ambitious Lanka Premier League (LPL), Cricket Age reliably learns.
As the SLC is still hopeful of launching the franchise based T20 league in the second week of August, Shammi Silva, board President Wednesday officially instructed CEO Ashley De Silva to start the process.
“Mr. Ashley is instructed to approach the foreign players, Sponsors, Interested parties who wants to buy the teams” a top SLC administrator told Cricket Age.
As the Coronavirus crisis is still looming around, the SLC has secured the much needed assurance from the government to go ahead with the league as of now.
“As of now, the government has given us 70% assurance in conducting the LPL. The government is working on a strategy regarding the resumption of the Sport and on that basis, we have officially started our preparations for the tournament” the top administrator added further.
If everything goes well, the LPL will be consisting 5 teams and will be played in the duration of 23 days.
“As Sri Lanka is one of the least affected country from the Covid-19, we are confident that the top overseas players will shown their interest in playing in the LPL, as right now entire world is desperate to watch live matches” the top administrator concluded.
Originally launched in 2012 as Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), the tournament was aimed to be Island’s own version of Indian Premier League (IPL). However, due to the lack of the Sponsorship and foreign players, the board couldn’t continue with the league.
Now, 8 years later, under the supervision of Shammi Silva, the board is optimistic in successfully launching the league in a new flavour and updated version!