Sri Lanka Cricket is looking to inaugurate the Lankan Premier League in 2020 with foreign players. As of now, each of India, Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the West Indies and South Africa have their own versions of premier league. While the Indian Premier League and Big Bash League are popular among the star players and veterans, other leagues have also proved to be lucrative for their boards.
Various boards in Sri Lanka have tried to begin a premier league in the country but failed to get it going in the past. But according to espncricinfo understands that the board will be pushing for the premier league in August 2020 as the country has managed to withstand the Covid-19 better than other countries.
SLC CEO has written to all board about the prospect of the premier league
The planning for the league in Sri Lanka looks ambitions as the board CEO has written to its counterparts about the prospect of hosting the league. A report in espncricinfo also mentioned that foreign players have been approached. However, the planning with no official announcement, remains at a preliminary stage.
“SLC CEO Ashley de Silva is understood to have written to other boards about the prospect of a Lankan Premier League (LPL), while foreign players have also been approached,” ESPNCricinfo reported.
“Tournament planning, though, remains in its very preliminary stages, with no official announcement having yet come from the board. At present, SLC is working on the theory that LPL may feature five teams and could last a little over three weeks,” the report said.
The board had once managed to get the tournament going in 2012 which was attended by low crowds and did not see much fanfare.