Competitive cricket will return to Sri Lanka post the Covid-19 pandemic enforced lockdown with the PDC [Puttalam District Cricket Association] T10 League set to take center stage from June 25.
The 12-day competition that will see former cricketers like Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Asela Gunarathna, Dhammika Prasad, Chamara Kapugedra, Thilan Thushara, Sachitra Senanayake and Ishara Amerasinghe in action, will be played at the historic world heritage site Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.
A total of eight teams- Hurricane Blasters, Power Gladiators, Chillow Warriors, Puttlum Warriors, Global Riders, Royal Lions, Giant Legends, and Spartan Heroes- will compete in the tournament.
PDC T10 League will be the first competitive cricket tournament in Sri Lanka post the Covid-19 lockdown
As far as the format of the PDC T10 League is concerned, each of the 8 teams will lock horns in the round-robin league which will be followed by the playoff stage, consisting of qualifiers, eliminator, and the grand finale.
The tournament comes as a welcome boost to the island nation. Sri Lanka has seen two high-profile series- Test rubber against in England in March and white-ball series against India [3 ODIs + 3 T20Is]- due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Earlier this month, a total of 13 Sri Lankan players [mostly bowlers] kickstarted their training, and the support staff overseeing it comprises a four-member unit and all of them including players are strictly adhering to the safety guidelines issued by the government regarding Covid-19.