LPL 2021: The player registration for Sri Lanka’s T20 league will start on June 21, 2021. The Sri Lanka Cricket will announce the Player draft after closing the player registration process on June 28.
The Sri Lanka Cricket recently revealed that it will stick with its plan of hosting the Lanka Premier League from July 20 to August 22. Earlier in the month of June, there was a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka. Hence there was a chance that the LPL 2021 could be postponed to a future date. However, the SLC is firm on its decision of hosting LPL as per the schedule
“We will go ahead with the tournament as planned. There were various suggestions from various quarters to postpone it but we are not keen to do so. We need to have the continuity of the tournament to win the confidence of the franchises and the sponsors,” said SLC Vice President Ravin Wickremaratne.
“We are opening the player registration on Monday and will keep it open up until June 28. The players can register using our online portal. Thereafter, probably in the first week of July, we will have the player draft,” Wickremaratne added.
The Lanka Premier League event management rights are with Innovative Production Group which is a Dubai-based company. It has signed an agreement with SLC whereby the company will give 2 million to the SLC for each edition of the league. IPG earns money through franchisees fees which is around $ 600,000 and sponsorships. IPG is currently having a talk with the previous franchise owners, according to Wickremaratne.
“Galle and Jaffna are on board and we are confident the rest of the owners will come forward this year too. Anyway it’s IPG’s responsibility and we are trying to make all the logistical arrangements to hold a successful event like we did last year,” he explained.
All the LPL 2021 matches will be played in Hambantota to ensure the safety of the players & support staff involved in the league. Last year also the matches were held at one single location. “Initially, we were thinking of using three venues, but given the current situation, we are compelled to play it all in Hambantota. Logistically it’s easy for us to have the tournament there,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka cricket’s technical advisory committee headed by Aravinda De Silva, which also functions as SLC’s cricket committee has distanced itself from this year’s tournament. As there is very little time left for any recommendations to be made. Lanka Premier League will start on July 30 & the final will be played on August 22.
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