Lanka Premier League finally gets the clearance from the Sri Lanka Government to conduct the inaugural T-20 tournament at the end of November. The tournament will be delayed by a week as it was initially set to begin on November 21.
The likes of Andre Russell, David Miller, Shahid Afridi, and Faf Du Plessis are set to be part of this lucrative T-20 tournament. LPL is now set to kick off on November 27, and the final of the tournament will be played on December 16. The T-20 league scheduled to play in multiple venues, but the latest update from Sri Lanka Cricket says that games will be held at Hambantota
The lucrative T-20 tournament in Sri Lanka has been facing multiple hurdles in the last few months. It was initially postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The draft of the tournament took place in October, where several foreign players were allotted to four teams.
The T-20 tournament suffered a massive blow after the island nation was witnessing a big spike in the number of covid cases in the last few weeks. There was reportedly disagreement with the SL govt regarding the quarantine guidelines for the foreign players. Ravin Wickramaratne, LPL director and SLC vice-president, confirmed on November 5 that the SL govt had given the clearance for LPL, and the quarantine period is set to be reduced to seven days for foreign players.
Along with the health clearance, LPL also found itself in a state of bother regarding the delayed payment from Innovative Production Group. IPG has signed a major sponsorship deal with LPL. It remains to be seen whether the solution for this problem has been found by the governing body of the tournament.