LPL 2021: Lanka Premier League postponed due to unavailability of foreign players, now rescheduled for 19th November

LPL 2021: Lanka Premier League to be postponed due to unavailability of foreign players & issues with the franchises
LPL 2021: Lanka Premier League to be postponed due to unavailability of foreign players & issues with the franchises

LPL 2021 – Lanka Premier League Postponed: As reported earlier by InsideSport.co, Lanka Premier League Season 2 (LPL 2021) has been postponed. The Season 2 of the league will now be held from 19th November to 12th December as per the official release by the organizers.

Earlier Sri Lanka Cricket had confirmed to InsideSport.co that they will have to postpone 2nd edition of the Lanka Premier League. The 2nd edition of the tournament was earlier scheduled from July 30th but now has been postponed primarily due to the unavailability of the foreign players.

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“It is unfortunate that the tournament will have to be postponed. Be it Bangladesh, the West Indies, Pakistan or England players – none of them are available at this stage. Right now the new dates for the league are undecided, SLC will check the feasibility in next few weeks”, declared one of the top SLC official.

InsideSport has further learnt that the unavailability of the players is not the only reason for the postponement but frequent issues with the franchise owners also led to decision of postponement. As per the earlier announcement LPL had terminated contracts with 2 of the 5 franchises i.e Colombo Kings & Dambulla Vikings. Now in further development, league is set to lose 3rd franchise.

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Like the two others, SLC & LPL organizers have decided to terminate contract of Jaffna Stallions on non-compliance of contractual terms.

LPL 2021: Lanka Premier League to be postponed due to unavailability of foreign players & issues with the franchises

LPL 2021 – Lanka Premier League Postponed: The organizers have claimed that they have enough interest from potential owners & their KYC is currently pending with the International Cricket Council (ICC). It is worth noting that Jaffna Stallions was captain by Thisara Perera in the inaugural season & is reportedly owned by a group of investors of Indian and Sri Lankan origins from different parts of the world.

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The organizers are yet to officially announce the termination of Jaffna Stallions.

The postponement of the league at this stage means it will be tough for SLC to find a suitable window for the 2nd edition this year.

– Till end of July Sri Lanka players will be busy with India series
– In Aug / Sep – CPL & IPL 2021 Phase 2 is scheduled along with various bilateral engagements
– Oct – Nov – T20 World Cup is scheduled

The calendar in coming months is completely packed for everyone and it is unlikely that LPL 2021 can be hosted anytime soon, though SLC is still hopeful.

“We understand the calendar is completely packed, we will see if we can get some space. It’s too early to talk about it. The board will decide the way forward along with the organizers”, declared top SLC official.