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Sri Lanka Cricket to resume new premier league tournament from August


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

28th July, 2020
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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Monday said the country will resume top-level cricket from August with a new premier league tournament.

SLC said the proposed 23-match Lanka Premier League (LPL) involving five teams will start on August 28 and end on September 20. The matches will be played at four international venues on the island.

“Over 70 international players and 10 top-notch coaches have already confirmed their availability to take part in this tournament along with leading Sri Lankan national players,” the board said in a statement.

The lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) is due to start in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19. Amidst the ongoing pandemic, the UAE rules require all visitors to isolate themselves for two weeks after arriving.

Sri Lanka Cricket did not name any of the foreign stars who it says have agreed to play in the LPL. It also did not say if the Sri Lankan health authorities were making an exception to quarantine rules for visiting players.

All those entering the island are currently required to quarantine for two weeks at state-managed centres followed by another two weeks of self-quarantine.

The government had announced the reopening of the country’s international airports to foreign tourists from August 1, but it has since been put off indefinitely amid fears of a second wave of infections.

Sri Lanka has reported over 2,800 infections with at least 11 virus deaths.

The England team abruptly pulled out of their two-match Test series against Sri Lanka on March 13 as the pandemic spread. Since then, South Africa and Bangladesh have cancelled their scheduled tours of Sri Lanka.

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