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Sri Lanka Cricket set to launch own version of Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament

Sri Lanka Cricket is set to relaunch a Twenty20 tournament on the lines of the Indian Premier League (IPL), potentially after the end of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy.

cricket Updated: Feb 09, 2018 16:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have begun plans for relaunching a franchise-based Twenty20 league, like the Indian Premier League (IPL), in 2018. (Reuters )

Sri Lanka Cricket is planning to relaunch an Indian Premier League-style Twenty20 tournament in the near future, possibly after the end of the Freedom Cup Twenty20 tri-series involving India and Bangladesh. (BAN vs SL 2nd TEST SCORES)

Speaking at a press conference, Sri Lanka Cricket president Thilanga Sumathipala said the 2018 Nidahas Trophy will give the country international exposure ahead of the launch of the league. “We believe we have the best package, best formula and the best position to present the next Lankan premier league. The Nidahas Trophy is going to give us that platform,” Sumathipala announced.

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The Freedom Cup Twenty20 tri-series will feature hosts Sri Lanka, along with India and Bangladesh. The tournament is being played to commemorate Sri Lanka’s 70th year of independence. This is the second time in 2018 that a Twenty20 tri-series will be played, with the first one being the Trans-Tasman tournament featuring Australia, England and New Zealand.

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In 2011, Sri Lanka had proposed the Sri Lanka Premier League, modelled on the lines of the Indian Premier League. 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, the Sri Lankan Premier League was replaced by the Super 4s T20.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 16:21 IST