Lankan Premier League unlikely to feature top foreign cricketers
The Lankan Premier League’s proposed dates clash with the Caribbean Premier League and the English T20 Blast.cricket Updated: Feb 18, 2018 17:16 IST
The upcoming Lankan Premier League (LPL) is unlikely to have many foreign players as the dates will clash with other Twenty20 tournaments like the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) as well as the T20 Blast in England.
The proposed dates for the LPL are between August 18 and September 10, which clash with the CPL (August 8 to September 16) while the English domestic cricket season will be ‘ongoing throughout’, reported ESPNCricinfo.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is believed to be hampered with a busy calendar with the Indian Premier League (IPL) consuming almost two months and most T20 leagues in the southern hemisphere being held in December-January.
The report added that even though August and September fall in Sri Lanka’s south-west monsoon season, it was the ‘best of a poor set of options’.
SLC may aim to attract players from Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh as they do not have international cricket lined up in those months. If Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe is cancelled, players from the top-ranked T20I team can also take part.
Sri Lanka had organised an IPL-like tournament named Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) in 2012 but due to lack of interest among local fans, it was shelved.
First Published: Feb 18, 2018 17:16 IST