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‘Hope top Indian players participate in Lankan Premier League’

Earlier this week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed the six-team Lankan Premier League (LPL) will be played from August 18 to September 10. All teams will play each other twice in the first round.

cricket Updated: Feb 17, 2018 17:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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India men’s cricket team players have never participated in foreign T20 franchise leagues.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is keen on attracting top Indian talent for the Lankan Premier League (LPL), scheduled to be played in August this year.

Earlier this week, SLC confirmed the six-team tournament will be played from August 18 to September 10. All teams will play each other twice in the first round.

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The news of a high-profile Sri Lankan T20 tournament has been welcomed by local players, and SLC is optimistic that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will allow its players to participate in the T20 league.

“These are still early stages and we need to put up the processes of conducting the tournament. One area that we will certainly look at is the possibility of attracting Indian players for the event,” a SLC official told Cricbuzz.

“We have a very good relationship with the BCCI and they have always supported us and we are hopeful of getting their support to make the event a success.

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“Even if we aren’t able to attract top Indian players, the participation of uncapped Indians will help us to market the event better.

“The demand for players from West Indies for franchise based tournaments is also quite high and that is the reason why we are hosting our event after the Caribbean Premier League.”

During this period, Sri Lanka will be free of international commitments, but the tournament will clash with other leagues such as the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the T20 Blast in England.

As the CPL and the T20 Blast, in comparsion, are more popular tournaments, the LPL may find it tough to attract the marquee players that other T20 tournaments are more than likely to have.

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In 2011, Sri Lanka had proposed the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), modelled on the lines of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The tournament was postponed to 2012 and it featured seven teams, with Uva Next winning the title. However, corruption, mismanagement and franchises breaching payment deadlines resulted in the cancellation of the 2013 edition. In 2014, it was replaced by the Super 4s T20.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 17:43 IST