After announcing the Lankan Premier League last month, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board is all set to held auction on 1st October 2020. According to a SLC official around 150 players will go under the hammer in LPL’s inaugural auction.
A total of five teams named Colombo Super Kings, Galle Lions, Kandy Royals, Jaffna Sunrisers and Dambulla Capitals will bid for 150 players on the table. The official also revealed that some of the big names like Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Darren Bravo, Shahid Afridi, Shakib-Al-Hasan, Ravi Bopara, Colin Munro, Munaf Patel and Vernon Philander are in line to feature in the inaugural edition of the Lankan Premier League.
In the time of Covid-19 crisis, the SLC has also issued some guidelines for auction. The SLC has limited the number of successful bids to a maximum of 30 international cricketers and 65 local cricketers. This means a franchise can buy a maximum of six international players and 13 local players.
Also, the tournament will be played from 14th November to 6th December 2020 at 3 international stadiums – Dambulla, Pallekele and Hambantota.
Though an official confirmation is still awaited, the tournament is likely to kick start with a match in Hambantota. The SLC will release the schedule after getting confirmation and clearance from the government. Apart from government clearance the SLC has a lot to answer a lot of complexions going into the tournament.
With IPL 2020 concluding on 10th November, it will be impossible for the players to join teams on 14th November as they have to go under mandatory 14-day quarantine period before entering in bio-bubble. This means the most of players will end up missing half of the tournament till then.
Also, the SLC has not released any update on the owners, franchises and Broadcasters as till now. But on a positive side, SLC has got almost two months to fix problems and rejig the plans to ensure a hassle-free conduction of the tournament.