Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to postpone the inaugural season of the Lanka Premier League to November 2021. The announcement was made on Wednesday in a bid to ensure that the players participating in the tournament have enough time to meet the Sri Lankan government’s quarantine requirements.
The LPL was originally scheduled to start on November 14. The player draft which was scheduled to take place on October 1, has been moved to October 9.
The final of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League will be held on November 10th.
“Since the IPL (Indian Premier League) will go until the 10th of November, we thought to keep some space for the players taking part in the IPL, and who wish to make it to the LPL to take part in the tournament,” LPL’s Tournament Director Ravin Wickramaratne said in a statement.
However, this is not the first time the LPL has been rescheduled. Initially, the league was scheduled to take place from August 28 to September 2020 but had to be pushed back due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Lanka Premier League Format
The three international venues which will host the tournament are Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, and Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium.
The tournament will go on for a period of 15 days and will see 23 matches being played. There will be five teams in the tournament which are named after Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla, and Jaffna districts.