‘Few recently retired Indian players we are expecting to see in LPL’
After much speculations, the Lanka Premier League (LPL) is finally set to start from November 21 in Sri Lanka. The tournament will continue till December 13.
However, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has given all the tournament rights to Dubai-based Innovative Production Group (IPG), the group will manage the franchise ownership rights, global broadcasting and media rights, on-ground sponsorship and event production rights.
Speaking to ANI, IPG CEO Anil Mohan said they are planning for a world-class league as well as they’re trying to contact with Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to allow some of the retired Indian cricketers to play in the tournament to enhance the level of competition.
“I can’t divulge details but, yes there are a few recently retired Indian players we are expecting to see in action subject to BCCI clearance. The excitement for LPL, both among fans and also the media is quite palpable. Not only Sri Lanka, the entire sub-continent and its neighbouring countries, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UAE, are looking forward to the LPL with a lot of expectations.
“Due to the immense potential it holds, both for the game and business opportunities, it was enough to start the conversation among the people, though most of it was way off the mark. But those are things of the past, the tournament is all set to kick-off from November 21 and the players draft is slated for October 19,” he said.