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LPL set to start on 30 July


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“Sri Lanka Cricket will assess the country’s situation and discuss with the Ministry of Health closer to the tournament to ascertain the health situation in the country prior to taking a final decision on the competition,” concluded the release.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced that the second edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) will take place from 30 July to 22 August, prior to the ICC T20 World Cup.

SLC Management Committee Chairman Professor Arjuna de Silva confirmed in a media release. “We have found a suitable window to hold this year’s edition, whilst we are currently working on finalising the other details of the tournament,”

The Jaffna Stallions won the title of the inaugural LPL which was held in November, last year. The tournament's popularity, as one of the first major sporting activities to be organized after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, was a much-needed boost for a nation that had been without cricket for nearly a year. All of the matches were held at the MRICS in Hambantota, with five regional teams competing.

SLC will hold discussions with health authorities before moving forward with the tournament.

“Sri Lanka Cricket will assess the country’s situation and discuss with the Ministry of Health closer to the tournament to ascertain the health situation in the country prior to taking a final decision on the competition,” concluded the release.

Arjuna de Silva, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Management Committee, believes this year's event could be even bigger with the inclusion of more international players.

“The first tournament was successful last time at Hambantota and I am very confident we will have more foreign players competing,” he said.