The second edition of the Sri Lanka’s top domestic T20 league – Lanka Premier League (LPL), is likely to start from July 30 and the final will be played on August 22 as per reports in Cricbuzz.
The window is available immediately after Sri Lanka’s home series against India, which comprises three ODIs and three T20Is, finishing on July 27.
It also means that the LPL will clash with “The Hundred” – the ECB’s new 100-ball competition, which starts on July 21, but will be finished before the start of the Caribbean Premier League on August 28.
“We have found a suitable window to hold this year’s edition, whilst we are currently working on finalising the other details of the tournament,” said Arjuna de Silva, the chairman of the management committee at the SLC.
“Sri Lanka Cricket will assess the country’s situation and discuss with the Ministry of Health closer to the tournament to ascertain the health situation in the country prior to taking a final decision on the competition,” the release further stated.
The inaugural season of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) was played last year in a bio-bubble in Hambantota, with five teams participating. The Jaffna Stallions lifted the LPL trophy last year after beating Galle Gladiators in the final match.
Arjuna de Silva further believes that the second season of the Lanka Premier League could be even bigger event than last year’s tournament with participation of more foreign players expected.
“The first tournament was successful last time at Hambantota and I am very confident we will have more foreign players competing,” de Silva told the Daily News yesterday.
As many as four venues have been finalised for the second edition of the Lanka Premier League 2021. The matches will be played at Hambantota, Pallakele, Colombo and Dambulla taking into account the seriousness of the COVID scare. De Silva said that the Sports Minister has already approved the tournament to be played at these venues.
“Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa has already granted his approval for the LPL to be conducted at Hambantota, Dambulla, Pallekele and Colombo depending on the country’s covid situation in that period,” he said.