LPL 2021 – Lanka Premier League 2nd Season: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is mulling over conducting the 2nd edition of the Lanka Premier League in September-October before the ICC T20 World Cup in mid-October. This means now LPL will also be conducted in the same window in which BCCI is planning to host remaining 31 matches of IPL 2021.
SLC Management Committee Chairman Arjuna de Silva confirmed that the board received the green signal from the country’s Sports Minister, Namal Rajapaksa to conduct LPL 2021.
Arjuna de Silva said that the LP 2021 would be conducted in Hambantota, Dambulla, Pallekele and Colombo if the COVID-19 situation is under control during the period.
“Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa has already granted his approval for the LPL to be conducted at Hambantota, Dambulla, Pallekele and Colombo depending on the country’s health situation in that period,” Arjuna de Silva told Daily News.
The SLC also expects the LPL 2021 to be bigger than the first edition with more foreign players in the league as it could help the overseas players acclimatize with sub-continent conditions before they play the ICC T20 World Cup in October.
“The first tournament was successful last time at Hambantota and I am very confident we will have more foreign players competing,” Arjuna de Silva said.
LPL 2021: However, despite SLC and Arjuna de Silva’s confidence, it is unlikely that the tournament will see many foreign players. With a packed schedule before the ICC T20 World Cup, England, New Zealand, South Africa and Bangladesh players won’t be available. With two series in September-October, Pakistan players are also doubtful for LPL 2021.
Like the SLC, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also mulled over the possibility of hosting the remainder of IPL 2021 (Indian Premier League) in the September-October window before the ICC T20 World Cup with Sri Lanka even expressing interest in hosting the tournament.
But as players from multiple countries remaining unavailable due to national commitments, BCCI would probably have to defer the plans. As a result, LPL 2021 may not have many foreign players if they are to conduct the tournament during the period.
Furthermore, if the IPL 2021 goes ahead in September, the SLC will lose ground on LPL 2021 conducting it simultaneously.