Sri Lanka leave plans for IPL like tournament
Sri Lanka Cricket, on Thursday, casted aside the possibility of a domestic Twenty20 competition similar to the lucrative Indian Premier League. Instead of that, the island nation’s cricket authority has announced a local tournament with no involvement of foreign cricketers.
“There will be no foreign players, but our own international cricketers will play in the four teams that will take part,” a board official told AFP.
Sri Lanka stepped out of the plan after a massive failure of a prospective IPL like domestic T20 competition launched in 2012 to draw international stars to perform, lasted for just the opening edition.
The newly formed tournament, formulated to nurture the country’s young cricketers and provide much opportunities to them, is to be named ‘Sri Lanka Cricket T20 League’ where the four teams will face each other twice in the competition.
“The new league will nurture emerging local talent by giving young players the opportunity to play alongside the islands best,” the SLC official told to AFP.
The first of its’ kind of tournament will be launched on August 21, 2018.