Sri Lankan Cricket’s flagship domestic T20 event Lanka Premier League (LPL) has been rescheduled by the governing council. This decision to postpone the major domestic event on its cricketing calendar was taken in order to allow more international players to take part in the league.
The Lanka Premier League 2021 was scheduled to begin at the end of the month on 29 July 2021. It has now been moved to take place in November-December this year. The dates have also been released, and the tournament will now run from November 19 to December 12 later this year.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the cricket schedule for all nations is very tight and players have to continuously be a part of bio-bubbles and stay under strict quarantine before tours. Teams that have tours lined up in the month of July-August are already under Covid-19 protocols. Hence, the players won’t be able to take part in the LPL due to the lack of a proper window before the league commences.
Also, within this time frame, England is ready to go ahead with its inaugural 100-ball tournament ‘The Hundred’, for which players have already confirmed their availability. A lot of international cricket is also scheduled to be played during these next two months which will also serve as a barrier for international players to be a part of the LPL.
The Innovative Production Group, the LPL Event Rights Holder, came out in full support of this decision taken by Sri Lanka Cricket.
The Group’s Founder, and CEO of Innovative Production Group FZE, Anil Mohan, addressed the media on this decision and said, “IPG supports SLC’s decision to postpone the second edition of LPL. The success of the League is of paramount importance. We thank the SLC, Sri Lankan Government, players, franchisees, and sponsors for their support.”
This will be the second edition of the league after being formed in 2020 itself. The Lanka Premier League (LPL) replaced the Sri Lanka Premier League and the 2014 Super 4’s T20. Both these flagship events were launched in 2012 and 2014 respectively. The inaugural season of the LPL was won by Jaffna Stallions, who defeated Galle Gladiators to the title.