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Sri Lanka Cricket rejects 2-day Club tournament proposal

Written by N Krishnamurthy

The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has rejected the idea of playing a 2-day Club tournament instead of traditional 3-day tournament for this season, Cricket Age reliably learns.

On October 22, quoting a Technical Advisory Committee member, Cricket Age had exclusively published that Sri Lanka plans play 2-day Club tournament after the  Lanka Premier League (LPL).

Initially, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was planning to play a 3-day tournament. But, few weeks ago, board’s tournament committee proposed to scrap it altogether, citing the lack of time to play it.

Legendary Aravinda de Silva led Technical  Committee, However, had recommended to play it as a 2-day tournament.

“We thought that simply scrapping it is not ideal, especially for the hundreds of domestic players. So, we have recommended to play a 2-day club tournament comprising of all 26 teams” one of the committee member had told Cricket Age on October 22.

The Cricket Board, however, earlier this week rejected the proposal, saying it will stick to traditional 3-day tournament, even though it’s not possible to play it in the ongoing season.

“There is no logic to play 2-day club tournament, as it can’t be considered for First Class status. Also, as the membership clubs can’t be relegated to Tier B (as per newly conceptualized domestic cricket structure), we have decided to not opt for this. instead, in the next season, we will be playing the traditional 3-day tournament” a source told Cricket Age.

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 on November 17.

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