The Lanka Premier League 2022 was on Sunday postponed indefinitely owing to the ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka. Initially, the third edition of the LPL was scheduled to begin on August 1 and conclude by August 21.
There was a draft conducted that secured some overseas names and preparations were made to start the T20 league. The major reason to defer the tournament is the lack of satisfactory sponsorship and cooling franchise interest.
“This decision was taken by the SLC, following a request made by the Innovative Production Group FZE (IPG), the Rights Holder of the tournament, which cited the current ‘economic situation,’ in the country, as not conducive to hosting the tournament,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) released a statement.
SLC has no further date for LPL 2022
There is no assurance whether the tournament will take place this year itself as the Sri Lanka cricket board didn’t mention anything about it. The Lanka Premier League’s last two editions were played with five teams with only two franchise owners from the 2020 season continued for the following year in 2021. It is said the league struggled even during the normal economy with funding issues.
The postponement of the LPL 2022 is a heavy blow for the Sri Lankan fans who might not get to witness competitive cricket for the rest of the year. Australia men’s cricket team visited Sri Lanka to play three T20Is, five ODIs and two Tests which spanned more than a month.
Sri Lanka might not host Asia Cup 2022
India women’s cricket team also played six white-ball games – three T20Is and three ODIs – against the Sri Lanka women’s team. The Sri Lankan men’s side is currently hosting Pakistan for a two-match Test series. In fact, SLC had scrapped the ODI leg against Pakistan to start the LPL 2022.
Sri Lanka was named host for the Asia Cup 2022, which is scheduled between August 27 and September 11. However, according to some reports, the six-team continental event is likely to move from the island nation to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).