Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most successful tournaments the Cricket has ever witnessed. The franchise league, which was started by BCCI after team India’s win in inaugural T20 World Cup, now stands as World’s best Cricket League after 12 years of its inception.
Such is the audacity of the tournament that after the unprecedented success of IPL almost all major Cricketing Nations has started their own premier leagues. With so many leagues around, the IPL might easily have lost its charm but IPL has ensured that players from all around the world dream of getting a glimpse of the limelight.
Even the other leagues’ names and format are almost as same as IPL’s. From Caribbean Premier League to Big Bash League to Bangladesh Premier League to every other league, all have taken some kind of inspiration form IPL.
Latest to join the club is Lankan Premier League – Sri Lanka’s own T20 tournament. Earlier The SLC is all prepared to stage the tournament form August 28this month but now they have postponed his tournament till November 2020. The tournament will be rolled out just 10 days after the Caribbean Premier League marks the return of franchise cricket on 18 August. The CPL will be the first league tournament after Covid-19 outbreak crashed all cricket calendars.
A total of five teams named after cities– Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna – will participate in the tournament. And coming to the IPL effect, the Franchises have named these teams after some of the IPL teams.
As per a report in the Sunday Times, the teams are named Colombo Super Kings, Galle Lions, Kandy Royals, Jaffna Sunrisers and Dambulla Capitalsbehind the IPL teams Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Lions, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals respectively.
The reports further stated that a total of 70 cricketers have been listed for the Lankan Premier League. Some of the big names like- Liam Plunkett, Dwayne Smith, Tim Southee are also the part of player’s draft.