Sri Lanka Cricket has announced that the inaugural edition of Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2020 would take place on the 27th of November. The initial starting date of the tournament was supposed to be 21st of November and continuing till the 13th of December and at present, it will go on till the 27th. Furthermore, Hambantota will serve as the only host for LPL 2020.
The latest revision in terms of commencement and venue has come in the wake of the meetings Sri Lanka cricket having with the health ministry officials. The Government initially hesitated for the approval of the tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, eventually gave the same.
Sri Lanka cricket director and the director of LPL Ravin Wickramaratne stated that staging the tournament in only one venue enhances the effectiveness of bio-bubble and with the approval in place, they remain confident about going ahead of the competition.
“Holding of the tournament in Hambantota and in one venue, enhances our plan of setting up and maintaining an effective Bio-Secure Bubble, and with the approval coming from the government, we are now confident of going ahead with the tournament,” Wickramaratne stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Promoters of LPL thankful for churning out the best possible solution:
CEO of Dubai-based IPG and promoters of LPL Anil Mohan appreciated the Sri Lankan Government and the cricketing board expressed his thankfulness for coming up with the best possible solution. Mohan underlined that while it was not easy, the best decision was taken, keeping everyone’s well-being in mind.
“These are difficult times and the Sri Lankan Government and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have come up with the best solution possible and I am thankful to all involved in these discussions in the last few days. It wasn’t easy, but I think this is the best decision keeping the well-being of Sri Lankan cricket and Sri Lankan people in mind,” Mohan mentioned.