Pallekele, Hambantota to host all LPL matches
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota will host all 23 matches to be played in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2020. The League is scheduled to be held from 21 November to 13 December, and the Players Draft is scheduled to be held on 19 October.
The Pallekele Stadium has hosted 7 Tests, 26 ODIs and 23 T20 Internationals and has a capacity of 35,000, while the MRI Cricket Stadium also has a capacity of 35,000, and has hosted 21 ODIs and 7 T20 Internationals.
The last T20 match played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium was between West Indies and Sri Lanka on 6 March 2020 where the visitors triumphed by seven wickets in the D/N encounter.
The last T20 encounter at the MRI Cricket Stadium was played on 6 August 2013, where hosts Sri Lanka got the better of the visiting South African side by six wickets in another D/N encounter.
The five franchise teams in the Lanka Premier League (named after Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna), will compete in 23 matches over a 15-day period. Along with all key current international players from Sri Lanka, 75 foreign players will be in the Players Draft to be picked by the five franchisees.
“LPL gives us an opportunity to provide the cricket-loving nation a T20 extravaganza to look forward to. Sri Lankan cricket fans are extremely passionate about the game, and it gives me tremendous joy and happiness that IPG got the mandate to conduct the League here. The Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) Board too has been extremely helpful and I look forward to their unending co-operation and support to make this League a grand success. We are committed to create a world class league with LPL,” said Anil Mohan, CEO of IPG.
“The tournament will not only create a platform for local players to develop their skills by playing alongside world class players, but will also provide an opportunity for Sri Lankan cricket fans to watch a quality cricket tournament,” said SLC Vice President Ravin Wickramaratne.