Sri Lanka Cricket Twenty20 League is not the proposed Lanka Premier League but quite similar with only local cricketers in the picture. The island nation 9th in World T20 Rankings have plenty of work cut out and to get out of trouble, they’ll want their top players to step up, the SLC T20 League can be a start.
When and Where?
The SLC T20 League is a 13-day competition, scheduled to run from August 21 to September 2, 2018, at three venues, namely Rangiri Dambulla, Pallekale and the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
“All the Nationally contracted players, contracted Domestic players and promising U19 players are set to take part in the tournament, which will be played at venues such as, the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium and Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium,” said the statement issued by Sri Lanka Cricket.
With no international duty until the Asia Cup in mid-September, Sri Lanka Cricket anticipates using the timeframe to unearth raw talent by incorporating cricketers irrespective of age and experience.
Teams and Tournament Structure
Four teams, namely Colombo, Kandy, Dambulla, and Galle will compete in the league stage and the two teams on top will qualify for the all-important finals on September 2nd. Each team will play six games in the league stage, facing each other twice.
Matches will commence either at 2pm or 7pm and every match day will feature two games in the same venue. The final will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium.
Lankan Premier League – Postponed
The much anticipated Lankan Premier League has been postponed to 2019. The new dates are yet to be announced.
“LPL is not called off for ever but will be rescheduled. In the current uncertain prevailing situation at SLC, it can’t be held in August and not before the elections are held. There is no window at a later date in this year and therefore will be shifted to next year,” said a source in Colombo. (Reported by Pakistan Observer)
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