In place of traditional 3-day club tournament for this season, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to play a 4-day National Super League Early Next Year with First Class Status, Cricket Age exclusively learns.
The proposed 4-day league was recently discussed between Board hierarchy, tournament committee and Technical Advisory Committee, headed by legendary Aravinda de Silva.
In a packed domestic season, apart from 4-day league, Sri Lanka also plans to play 50 Overs National Super league and Mercantile tournament.
“Our ongoing Major club 50 over tournament will be finished on 27th November. Next day onward, players will enter into Bio Bubble for the Lanka Premier League (LPL). After the LPL, we plans to play 50 over National Super League, followed by 4-day National Super League, which will be considered as First Class tournament. Finishing these by April, we will be playing Mercantile tournament in May-June” a Tournament Committee member told Cricket Age.
In addition, a 2-day club tournament is also in pipeline, however a decision is yet to be taken on this. On October 22, quoting a Technical Advisory Committee member, Cricket Age had exclusively published that Sri Lanka to play 2-day Club tournament after LPL. The SLC and tournament committee, however, is still looking for a window to play it.
“Our schedule for this season is completely packed. Though, we are still trying for this (to play 2-day Club tournament )” a top SLC official told Cricket Age.
On skipping traditional 3-day club tournament, one of the member of Technical Advisory Committee emphasizes that the decision was taken, as there is no window available for this season.
“Due to the pandemic, we have no window available to play 3-day club tournament. However, in next season, we are making sure that it will be played by the end of next year” he said.