Lanka Premier League

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Lanka Premier League
Logo of Lanka Premier League
CountriesSri Lanka
AdministratorSri Lanka Cricket
First edition2020
Latest edition2023
Next edition2024
Tournament formatDouble Round-robin and playoffs
Number of teams5
Current championB-Love Kandy (1st title)
Most successfulJaffna Kings (3 titles)
Most runsAvishka Fernando (1,165)[1]
Most wicketsWanindu Hasaranga (55)[2]

The Lanka Premier League (abbreviated as LPL; Sinhala: ලංකා ප්‍රිමියර් ලීග්, Tamil: லங்கா பிரீமியர் லீக்) is a professional franchise cricket league established in 2020 in Sri Lanka. Matches are played using the Twenty20 cricket format by five teams named after Sri Lankan cities.[3][4] The league was intended to commence in 2018, but repeatedly postponed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).[5] The inaugural edition took place in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 2023, there have been four seasons of the tournament.[6] The current title holder team is B-Love Kandy, who won the 2023 Lanka Premier League by defeating Dambulla Aura in the final.[7]


The first season of the league was initially planned to be held from 18 August to 10 September 2018,[5][8][9] but this was postponed multiple times due to administrative issues within Sri Lanka Cricket.[10][11][12] In June 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, SLC announced the tournament would start on 28 August 2020,[13][14] with 70 overseas players showing an interest in playing in the league.[15] In August 2020, Ravin Wickramaratne, the Vice President of SLC was officially appointed as the director of the tournament.[16] After being rescheduled due to pandemic related restrictions, the first season began on 26 November 2020.

In May 2022, Samantha Dodanwala was officially appointed as the LPL tournament director.[17] The third edition was scheduled to take place in August 2022, but due to the ongoing Sri Lankan economic crisis and the resultant 2022 Sri Lankan protests, was postponed despite the player draft having already been held.[18]


Locations of Lanka Premier League teams

Current teams[edit]

Team City Debut Owner Captain Coach
Colombo Strikers Colombo, Western Province 2023 Sagar Khanna Niroshan Dickwella Simon Helmot
Dambulla Aura Dambulla, Central Province 2022 Viranjith Thambugala Kusal Mendis Avishka Gunawardene
Galle Titans Galle, Southern Province 2023 Nayana Wasalathilaka Dasun Shanaka Chamara Kapugedara
Jaffna Kings Jaffna, Northern Province 2021 Subaskaran Allirajah Thisara Perera Thilina Kandamby
B-Love Kandy Kandy, Central Province 2023 Omar Khan Wanindu Hasaranga Piyal Wijetunge

Franchise history[edit]

City 2020 2021 2022 2023
Colombo Colombo, Western Province Colombo Kings
(Murfad Mustafa)
Colombo Stars
(Ashok Pathirage)
Colombo Strikers
(Sagar Khanna)
Dambulla Dambulla, Central Province Dambulla Viiking
(Sachiin J. Joshi)
Dambulla Giants
(Qamar Khan)
Dambulla Aura
(Viranjith Thambugala)
Galle Galle, Southern Province Galle Gladiators
(Nadeem Omar)
Galle Titans
(Nayana Wasalathilaka)
Jaffna Jaffna, Northern Province Jaffna Stallions
(Anandan Arnold; Rahul Sood)
Jaffna Kings
(Subaskaran Allirajah)
Kandy Kandy, Central Province Kandy Tuskers
(Sohail Khan; Abbas Muni)
Kandy Warriors
(Ravi Gupta; Pankaj Tripathi)
Kandy Falcons
(Parvez Khan)
B-Love Kandy
(Omar Khan)


Player acquisition, squad composition and salaries[edit]

In the league's first three seasons, teams chose players using a draft system, having previously had the opportunity to sign a limited number of players directly.[19] For the 2023 season, an auction was introduced. Each franchise was allowed to directly sign two local players and two overseas players ahead of the auction. Each franchise operated with a salary cap of US$1 million, US500,000 of which could be spent on direct signings with the remaining spent in the auction.[20]

Governing Council[edit]

Sri Lanka Cricket, which is responsible for all elements of the tournament, established a governing council to administer the league. Members of the governing council include Sri Lanka CEO Ashley de Silva. The marketing and organisation rights to the LPL were awarded to an Indian-owned Dubai-based company, Innovative Production Group (IPG) in 2020.[21]


The inaugural edition of the league reached a cumulative audience of 557 million through TV, digital-social media and traditional media.[22] According to the 2021 Annual Report of Sri Lanka Cricket, The league generated revenue of LKR334 million in 2020. In 2021, the revenue was LKR463 million.[23]

Franchise Valuation
Jaffna Kings US$3.98 million
Galle Gladiators US$3.82 million
Dambulla Viiking US$3.54 million
Colombo Kings US$3.44 million
Kandy Tuskers US$3.19 million

Source:, June 2021


Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe raised the issue of the need to regulate Lanka Premier League franchise owners and sponsors during the parliamentary adjournment debate on Sri Lanka Cricket's expenditure for the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup. Some of the sponsors of the 2023 Lanka Premier League included gambling companies and unauthorized foreign exchange trading platforms. Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe claimed that B-Love Network, the owners of the Kandy franchise, is banned in Sri Lanka.[24]


Out of the five franchises that have played in the league, only the Jaffna franchise has won the tournament. Jaffna Stallions won the inaugural season, defeating Galle Gladiators by 53 runs in the final.[25][26][27] The following season, Jaffna Kings beat Galle by 23 runs[28] and in 2022 defeated Colombo Stars by 2 wickets to win their third consecutive title.[29]


Season Final Player of the season
Venue Winners Result Runners-up


Hambantota Jaffna Stallions
188/6 (20 overs)
Jaffna Stallions won
by 53 runs.
Galle Gladiators
135/9 (20 overs)
Wanindu Hasaranga
(Jaffna Stallions)


Hambantota Jaffna Kings
201/3 (20 overs)
Jaffna Kings won
by 23 runs.
Galle Gladiators
178/9 (20 overs)
Avishka Fernando
(Jaffna Kings)


Colombo Jaffna Kings
164/8 (19.2 overs)
Jaffna Kings won
by 2 wickets
Colombo Stars
163/5 (20 overs)
Sadeera Samarawickrama
(Jaffna Kings)


Colombo B-Love Kandy
151/5 (19.5 overs)
B-Love Kandy won
by 5 wickets
Dambulla Aura
147/4 (20 overs)
Wanindu Hasaranga
(B-Love Kandy)

Team playing records[edit]

As of 19 August 2023
Teams Mat Won Lost Tie & W Tie & L NR
Colombo Franchise 37 17 19 1 0 0
Dambulla Franchise 36 18 15 0 1 2
Galle Franchise 39 13 23 1 0 1
Jaffna Franchise 40 25 14 0 0 1
Kandy Franchise 36 16 18 0 1 0

Source: CricInfo[30]


  • Tie & W and Tie & L indicates the matches tied and then won by or lost by super over respectively.

Team's performance[edit]

Season 2020 2021 2022 2023
Colombo Franchise SF 4th RU 5th
Dambulla Franchise SF 3rd 5th RU
Galle Franchise RU RU 4th 3rd
Jaffna Franchise C C C 4th
Kandy Franchise 5th 5th 3rd C


As of 19 August 2023

Team records[edit]

Batting records[edit]

Career individual runs
Runs Player Teams Seasons
1,165 Avishka Fernando Jaffna Stallions, Jaffna Kings, Dambulla Aura 2020–2023
1,045 Dinesh Chandimal Colombo Kings, Colombo Stars, B-Love Kandy 2020–2023
1,044 Kusal Mendis Kandy Tuskers, Galle Gladiators, Dambulla Aura 2020–2023
776 Rahmanullah Gurbaz Kandy Tuskers, Jaffna Kings 2020–2023
702 Dhanushka Gunathilaka Galle Gladiators 2020–2021

Source: CricInfo[33]

Highest individual score
Runs Player Team Opposition Venue Date
108 not out Laurie Evans Colombo Kings Jaffna Stallions Hambantota 10 December 2020
104 Babar Azam Colombo Strikers Galle Titans Pallekele 7 August 2023
102 not out Andre Fletcher Kandy Falcons Colombo Stars Hambantota 6 December 2022
100 Avishka Fernando Jaffna Kings Dambulla Giants Hambantota 21 December 2021
97 not out Thisara Perera Jaffna Stallions Dambulla Viiking Hambantota 30 November 2020

Source: CricInfo[1]

Bowling records[edit]

Career wickets
Wickets Player Teams Seasons
55 Wanindu Hasaranga Jaffna Stallions, Jaffna Kings, Kandy Falcons, B-Love Kandy 2020–2023
42 Nuwan Pradeep Kandy Tuskers, Dambulla Giants, Galle Gladiators, B-Love Kandy 2020–2023
41 Nuwan Thushara Galle Gladiators, Jaffna Kings 2020–2023
33 Maheesh Theekshana Jaffna Stallions, Jaffna Kings 2020–2023
30 Kasun Rajitha Dambulla Viiking, Colombo Stars, Galle Titans 2020–2023

Source: CricInfo[34]

Best bowling in an innings
Figures Player Team Opposition Venue Date
6/9 Wanindu Hasaranga B-Love Kandy Jaffna Kings Colombo 17 August 2023
6/25 Jeffrey Vandersay Colombo Stars Kandy Warriors Colombo 17 December 2021
5/13 Nuwan Thushara Galle Gladiators Jaffna Kings Hambantota 19 December 2021
5/22 Kasun Rajitha Colombo Stars Dambulla Aura Pallekele 14 December 2022
5/26 Mohammad Amir Galle Gladiators Colombo Kings Hambantota 7 December 2020

Source: CricInfo[2]


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