Ousted Shammi Silva administration has claimed that the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) made a profit of RS 100 million, despite it was being played in the middle of a global pandemic.
The first edition of LPL was held in November last year and despite last minute high profile withdrawals, Shammi Silva camp declared it a success.
“In it’s first edition itself, LPL was a big success for the cricket board. Through franchise ownership, sponsorship we made a staggering profit of RS 100 million” a member of Shammi Silva camp told Cricket Age.
The SLC had awarded the marketing and organisation rights of the proposed Lanka Premier League (SPL) to an India-owned Dubai-based company, Innovative Production Group (IPG).
“In this challenging time, it’s a remarkable achievement. We can proudly say that the next edition will be much bigger and more successful” he added.
“The Lanka Premier League (LPL) is a tournament that will position Sri Lanka on the global sports map and has already attracted the attention of local and international sports spectators and the media,” Sri Lanka’s Sports Namal Rajapaksa had written in his personal blog in November. He further added that he is ‘confident that this tournament will build the country’s sports economy and set the stage for exposing the talents of Sri Lanka’s young athletes to the international arena’.