The Lanka Premier League 2020, which will become Sri Lanka’s topmost T20 league of international flavor will kick off today, with a virtual opening ceremony using a combination of augmented and virtual reality technologies. The opening ceremony, starting at 06.50 p.m. (IST) will showcase the vibrancy of the Sri Lankan culture, heritage, entertainment and most importantly the passion of Cricket in Sri Lanka.
The 05 team League will see 23 matches played across 15 days at the MRICS, Hambantota. In total, there will be 10 center wickets that will be used for the competition.
LPL 2020 : Colombo Kings vs Kandy Tuskers in the opening match of Lanka League
The opening match will see, Colombo Kings led by Sri Lanka Star Angelo Mathews taking on Kandy Tuskers, which is led by Kusal Janith Perera, another Sri Lankan star. The game will start at 8.00 p.m. (IST). Sony Sports with broadcast the league in India.
Every team will compete in 8 games in the first round, whilst the top four teams will enter the Semi-Finals, which will be played on the 13th and 14th December 2020, whilst the Grand Finals will be on the 16th December.
The competition will feature a highly recognized Match Referee Panel and an Umpiring Panel to officiate in the League, which, respectively consists of Chief Match Referee of the ICC, Ranjan Madugalle and ICC Elite Panel Umpire Kumar Dharmasena.
The tournament is conducted with the highest standards of Health measures to ensure that the LPL 2020 is conducted ensuring the safety of players, and officials taking part in the League.
LPL 2020 : ICC investigating attempt to fix the league
LPL 2020 Fixing Allegations : Meanwhile as the league kickstarts today, International Cricket Council is investigating an alleged attempt to fix Sri Lankan Premier League matches due to start Thursday, a media report said.
The complaint alleges a former national cricketer approached a Lanka Premier League player, and is being looked at by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), the mass-circulating Lankadeepa said.
“The former national player who allegedly made the approach is currently overseas,” the newspaper said, adding that he had once been accused, but later cleared, of match-fixing charges by the ICC.
The ICC said it would not discuss any ongoing investigation. The Sri Lanka board’s anti-corruption unit too declined comment.