The postponed schedule for the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2020 was announced on Sunday with Colombo and Kandy meeting each other in the opener. All the matches will take place at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota from November 27th. Four teams out of five will play the semi-finals on 13th and 14th December, with the final to take place on 16th December.
Earlier, the tournament was supposed to begin on 21st November, later postponed. The Health Ministry finally gave its approval only on 5th November for the tournament to be hosted in Sri Lanka following multiple meetings with relevant officials. The LPL will be held under strict health guidelines and under a bio-secure bubble.
Sri Lanka Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa has earlier said that looking at the success of the IPL, Sri Lanka also has decided to hold a T20 tournament. The cricket board along with the Ministry of Youth and Sports has been discussing it for weeks.
“Following the success of Indian Premier League (IPL), the possibility of holding such a tournament in Sri Lanka was much talked about for many years but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. But now, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports have been in discussions for weeks to make this tournament a reality as it is essential for the future of Sri Lankan cricket,” Rajapaksa stated as quoted by ANI News.
The league suffered a major blow when 5 overseas players pulled out of the tournament. Andre Russell, David Miller, Faf du Plessis, Dawid Malan, and Manvinder Bisla are believed to have withdrawn from the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League. While Russell is injured, some players have withdrawn because of their national commitments.
Scheduled Of Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2020:
|Date||Team 1||Team 2||Time||Venue|
|26-Nov||Colombo||Kandy||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|27-Nov||Jaffna||Galle||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|28-Nov||Kandy||Dambulla||3.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|28-Nov||Galle||Colombo||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|30-Nov||Dambulla||Jaffna||3.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|30-Nov||Kandy||Galle||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|01-Dec||Colombo||Dambulla||3.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|01-Dec||Jaffna||Kandy||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|03-Dec||Galle||Jaffna||3.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|03-Dec||Dambulla||Kandy||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|04-Dec||Colombo||Jaffna||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|05-Dec||Dambulla||Galle||3.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|05-Dec||Kandy||Colombo||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|07-Dec||Colombo||Galle||3.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|07-Dec||Jaffna||Dambulla||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|09-Dec||Kandy||Jaffna||3.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|09-Dec||Galle||Dambulla||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|10-Dec||Jaffna||Colombo||3.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|10-Dec||Galle||Kandy||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|11-Dec||Dambulla||Colombo||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|13-Dec||TBC||TBC||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|14-Dec||TBC||TBC||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|
|16-Dec||TBC||TBC||7.30 PM||MRICS, Hambantota|