The Lanka Premier League 2021 is all set to commence on December 5 at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo. Jaffna Stallions will come into a face-off with the Galle Gladiators in the season opener match of the LPL 2021.
Overview of the LPL 2021:
A total of 24 matches will be played in the Lanka Premier League 2021 including the finals. Colombo will host the first 20 matches of the Lanka Premier League 2021 & then the tournament will shift to the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota. The final of the LPL 2021 is scheduled to be played on December 23 & December 24 is kept as a reserve day for the final.
The SLC said in a statement, “The finals of the League will be played on December 23, 2021, at the MRICS, Hambantota, whilst this year’s tournament has 24th December, as a ‘Reserve Day’ dedicated for the finals.”
LPL 2021 is going to be a big affair as some of the biggest cricketers will participate in the LPL 2021 including a couple of former Indian cricketers. In this edition of LPL, around 74 International Cricketers have registered for the Player draft. Players like Imran Tahir, Mohammad Amir, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dawid Malan, and Faf du Plessis have expressed their interest to participate in the LPL 2021. In total, 225 player applications have been approved for the player draft. Each of the five teams will be allowed a squad of 20 players, including six overseas players.
LPL 2021 will follow the Playoffs System
The LPL 2021 will see the top two teams of the league stages locking horns in Qualifier 1. On the other hand, the teams finishing third and fourth will lock horns in the Eliminator match. The winner of the Qualifier 1 will move ahead to the final while the losing team will play against the winner of the Eliminator clash to become the second finalist of the T20 World Cup 2021.
Here is the full schedule for the LPL 2021:
|LANKA PREMIER LEAGUE 2021 – MATCH SCHEDULE|
|Date||3.00 pm (Day Match)||7.30 pm (Night Match)||VENUE|
|December 3, 2021||Practice|
|December 4, 2021||Practice|
|December 5, 2021||OPENING CEREMONY||Galle||Jaffna||RPICS|
|December 6, 2021||Dambulla||Kandy||Colombo||Galle||RPICS|
|December 7, 2021||Jaffna||Dambulla||Kandy||Galle||RPICS|
|December 8, 2021||Colombo||Dambulla||Kandy||Jaffna||RPICS|
|December 9, 2021||Rest & Practice|
|December 10, 2021||Dambulla||Galle||Jaffna||Colombo||RPICS|
|December 11, 2021||Galle||Kandy||Colombo||Dambulla||RPICS|
|December 12, 2021||Jaffna||Kandy||Galle||Colombo||RPICS|
|December 13, 2021||Galle||Dambulla||RPICS|
|December 14, 2021||Kandy||Colombo||Dambulla||Jaffna||RPICS|
|December 15, 2021||Rest & Practice|
|December 16, 2021||Colombo||Jaffna||Kandy||Dambulla||RPICS|
|December 17, 2021||Jaffna||Galle||Colombo||Kandy||RPICS|
|December 18, 2021||Travel to Hambantota|
|December 19, 2021||Rest & Practice|
|December 20, 2021||Eliminator (3 vs 4)||Qualifier 1 (1 vs 2)||MRICS|
|December 21, 2021||Qualifier 2 (looser QF1 vs won E )||MRICS|
|December 22, 2021||Rest & Practice|
|December 23, 2021||Final||MRICS|
|December 24, 2021||Final (Reserve Day)||MRICS|
- RPICS = R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Colombo
- MRICS = Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota
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