Participating Teams will be Increased Next Season – Ravin
By Mustaq Sydeen
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is hoping to increase the number of participating teams for the Lanka Premier League (LPL) next season, Ravin Wickramaratne, Tournament Director of LPL said at a Media briefing held in Colombo yesterday.
“This is not the final formation as these five teams are for this year only. We have plans to increase the number of teams from next year or may be from the third year”, said Ravin Wickramaratne.
LPL 2020 will see five franchises – Colombo Kings, Dambulla Vikings, Galle Gladiators, Jaffna Stallions and Kandy Tuskers – taking on each other in 23 matches. Double-headers will take place every day, till the semi-finals of the tournament. The final will be played on 16 December.
The inaugural tournament will feature a number of big names, including Shahid Afridi, Dale Steyn, Mohammad Amir to name a few. Former Indian players Irfan Pathan, Manpreet Gony and Munaf Patel are also set to take part in this tournament.
However, ahead of the commencement of LPL 2020, several high-profile players such as Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga among others, pulled out of the competition. COVID-19 restrictions, international commitments and a lack of preparation time have been some of the reasons given by the players. Commenting on the two vacant positions available in Galle Gladiators and Dambulla Vikings, Ravin said: “Because Malinga left Galle Gladiators, they are in talks with several top cricketers around the world. Kamran Akmal also got injured and they will have to find a replacement. The replacements will be joining while the tournament is in progress.”
Yet, despite these early stumbles, LPL 2020 is set to go ahead, and will feature 15 days of non-stop cricket entertainment. The tournament will get underway with an interesting clash between Colombo Kings and Kandy Tuskers tomorrow.
(Pic By Manjula Dayawansa)