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New Lankan Premier League set to start in August

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has finalised dates for its Lankan Premier League (LPL) T20 tournament, but its ability to attract foreign talent may be limited due to scheduling clashes with the Caribbean Premier League and England’s T20 Blast.

Sri Lanka Cricket will be looking at the possibility of getting the participation of Indian players for the Lankan Premier League tournament to be played in August this year.

SLC last week announced the plans to start a franchise based Twenty20 league of their own and on Friday (February 16) confirmed that the tournament comprising six teams will take place from the August 18 to September 10.

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The board has outsourced the marketing and television rights of Nidhas Trophy to international sports agency Lagardere. SLC is expecting a minimum profit of US$ 6.5 million from the tri-nation tournament involving India and Bangladesh and depending on the success of the event will outsource the rights of LPL as well to the same company.

SLC has allocated a window for the Lankan Premier League tournament for five years and will sell rights for that period.

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