Recently India refused to visit Sri Lanka due to the Coronavirus epidemic. As such, Sri Lanka Cricket is considering organizing a T20 tournament “Lanka Premier League” in August.
Currently, India, Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, West Indies, South Africa, and Pakistan have their own T20 League. But out of these India’s Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash League are the popular leagues.
Sri Lanka has tried many times to start a T20 League but they failed to start it. This time during the coronavirus epidemic they are planning to organize this league. The main reason to organize this league during this time is less impact of Coronavirus in Sri Lanka.
Corona has caught a large population in other countries of the Indian subcontinent. But in a country like Sri Lanka, there have been less than 2000 positive cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths.
SLC’s CEO has approached Foreign players
As per the ESPN Cricinfo report, “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.”
“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,”
A Sri Lankan cricket official said that the government has given approval for potential LPL and also for India, Bangladesh, and Asia Cup.
Last week, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both Sri Lanka and India’s boards canceled Sri Lanka’s tour of India, saying that the atmosphere and conditions for the game were not possible. Sri Lanka has also offered to host the Indian Premier League which has been postponed indefinitely.
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