The inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL 2020) has been subject to so many changes ever since it was proposed back in July. The tournament was earlier slated to begin from mid-August was postponed to November.
Due to the developments in all the cricketing boards and mainly the Indian Premier League, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had pushed the date to November 21.
However, this time around it is being speculated that the organizers are looking to stage the tournament either in Malaysia or the UAE.
LPL director Ravin Wickramaratne said he wants the tournament to take place in Sri Lanka itself and not in other country. But the country’s health ministry has drafted a strict protocol of at least 14 days of quarantine which has so far not gone well with some of the foreign players.
In fact, the home series against Bangladesh had also been postponed indefinitely due to the quarantine rules imposed by the Sri Lankan government.
“The first option is to play the tournament across two venues in Sri Lanka – in Hambantota and Pallekele – but we might have to move the tournament back by about one week. The second option is to play it all in one venue, which will make the arrangements around a biosecure bubble for players and staff more straightforward” Wickramanaratne said.
Indian Premier League has so far been a success in the UAE and now the Women’s T20 Challenge will also start from November 4 at Sharjah.
The organizers would want the tournament to be conducted in the island itself so as to generate good revenue and cut the cost.
SLC officials will schedule a meeting with the health ministry on November 4 (Wednesday). If both the bodies come to the same page, the tournament would take place in Sri Lanka. Else they will consider conducting the tournament out of the country either in UAE or Malaysia.