The opening edition of the 2020 Lanka Premier League, a T20 franchise cricket tournament in Sri Lanka will start from today in Hambantota.
A total of 5 teams named after Sri Lankan cities are partaking in the event including Colombo Kings, Galle Gladiators, Kandy Tuskers, Dambulla Viiking and Jafna Stallions.
In the opening game of the tournament, Colombo Kings will lock horns with Kandy Tuskers. All 23 matches of the 20-day event will be played in Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota.
Originally, matches were scheduled to be played in three cities including Kandy and Dambulla but due to quarantine limits, the health officials in the country limited the event to one city.
The tournament comprise of two stages; Round-robin and Knockout.
Many big names like Chris Gayle, Faf du Plessis, Lasith Malinga and Ravi Bopara have dragged out from the tournament due to various reasons.
Though, the tournament is still consists of star players Shahid Afridi, Dale Steyn, Irfan Pathan, Andre Russell, Angelo Mathews, Mohammad Amir and Brendan Taylor and many others playing.