Following the postponement of cash-rich Lanka Premier League (LPL) and giving up the Asia Cup hosting rights due to ongoing political unrest in the country, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to play it’s traditional 3-day club tournament from August 19, Cricket Age reliably learns.
The tournament will kick off on August 19 and will be finishing on November 19. 26 domestic clubs have been placed in two groups of 13 each.
“To utilise the free available window (due to the LPL postponement), we thought of playing 3-day Major League Tournament” a top SLC official told Cricket Age.
Sri Lanka, which has been battling an economic crisis, has witnessed widespread protests against the Gotabaya Rajapaksa government. Though, the political scenario has settled now with Ranil Wickramasinghe taking over as President, the most critical fuel shortage issue remain intact.
Recently, Sri Lanka hosted Australia for a one month long bilateral series comprising 3 T20Is, as many ODIs and 2 tests. The series turned out to be highly competitive as it saw good cricket from both sides. Australia won the T20I series 2-1, while the ODI series was won by the hosts 3-2. The test series was shared after the two-match series ended in a 1-1 draw. Currently, Sri Lanka are in middle of another test series, this time hosting Pakistan.