LPL 2022: The tournament kickstarts on August 1, Finals on August 21

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LPL 2022: The tournament kickstarts on August 1, Finals on August 21

The LPL 2022 is all set to begin on August 1 in Colombo with reigning Champions Jaffna Kings taking on Galle Gladiators in the tournament-opening clash while the final of the LPL will take place on August 21 in Hambantota.

In a media release, SLC revealed that the first 14 matches- a majority of the first-round matches would be played at the RPICS, Colombo & later from August 13 the last set of the first-round matches would be played at Hambantota followed by the eliminator, qualifiers and final.

“In total, 24 matches will be played during the tournament, with 20 first-round games, and 4 final round games, including the finals,” SLC said.

Barring the days for the second qualifier & the Final, each game day will see two matches take place with day matches beginning at 3 pm & night matches beginning at 7.30 pm local time. Just like previous seasons the year will have five teams competing- Jaffna Kings, Galle Gladiators, Dambulla Giants, Colombo Stars, and Kandy Falcons.

Jaffna Kings locked horns with Galle Gladiators in the final of the LPL 2021 & the title was bagged by Kings with Gladiators ending as runner-up. Just like previous seasons this season too will see big names of World Cricket competing against each. The LPL 2022 Player Draft was conducted last week which saw renowned names such as Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa moving franchises.

The LPL is slated to be played amidst Sri Lanka’s jam-packed schedule as it will begin immediately after the conclusion of the home series against Australia & Pakistan- the second Test against Pakistan is set to end on 28 July – and will precede the Asia Cup set to be hosted in Sri Lanka in September. All of this will lead to the T20 World Cup the following month in Australia.

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