Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sri Lanka will commence its own Twenty20 cricket tournament

Sri Lanka is going to organize a Twenty20 cricket tournament in August this year. The aim of organizing this Twenty20 based cricket tournament is to imitate the success of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) is going to commence from August 10 and it will continue till August 31. It will conduct 24 matches which will be played in Colombo and Pallekele stadiums.
It was supposed to be held In June last year but due to the unavailability of India’s top players who were on a tour of England in that period the organizers called off the tournament. It is yet to know the name of the players who are going to be featured.
There will be seven teams which will be named based on seven different provinces. The names of the teams are- Basnahira Bears, Kandurata Kites, Nagenahira Nagas, Ruhuna Rhinos, Uthura Oryxes, Uva Unicorns and the Wayamba Wolves. Each team will have six overseas players in their squad but they cannot use more than four players in the field in a playing eleven.
They will later announce the names of the participating players and the way of distributing them to the seven provincial teams.
The schedule of the SLPL may create huge controversy as it is going to be held few weeks before the World Twenty20 which will take place in Sri Lanka on September 18.