Lanka Premier League

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Lanka Premier League
LPL T20 Logo.png
LPL official logo
CountriesSri Lanka
AdministratorSLC
FormatTwenty20
First edition2020
Latest edition2020
Next edition2021
Tournament formatRound-robin and Knockout
Number of teams5
Current championJaffna Stallions (1st title)
Most successfulJaffna Stallions (1 title)
Most runsDanushka Gunathilaka (476)
Most wicketsWanindu Hasaranga (17)
TVList of broadcasters
Websitelankapremierleague.com

The Lanka Premier League (abbreviated as LPL)(Sinhala: ලංකා ප්‍රිමියර් ලීග්, Tamil: லங்கா பிரீமியர் லீக்) is a professional cricket league in Sri Lanka in Twenty20 format contested every year by teams representing Sri Lankan cities from 2020.[1][2] The league was founded by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in 2018.[3] In August 2020, Ravin Wickramaratne, the Vice President of SLC was officially appointed as the director of the tournament.[4] The current title holders are the Jaffna Stallions, who won the inaugural season.

History[edit]

Background[edit]

Originally, the first season was supposed to be held from 18 August to 10 September 2018,[5][6][7] but postponed multiple times due to administrative issues within SLC.[8][9][10] In June 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, SLC announced the tournament would start on 28 August 2020,[11][12] with 70 overseas players showing interest in playing in the league.[13] After being rescheduled many times due to restrictions for the pandemic, the first season began on 26 November 2020.

Lanka Premier League second edition dates announced; it will start from 30 July and final to be played on 22 August, 2021.[14][15] This was later pushed back to a start date of 19 November 2021.

Teams[edit]

Locations of Lanka Premier League teams

Current teams[edit]

Team City Debut Owner Captain Coach Icon Player
TBD Colombo, Western Province 2021 TBD TBD TBD TBD
Dambulla Giants Dambulla, Central Province 2020 Qamar Khan (HAMRO Foundation) Sri Lanka Dasun Shanaka TBD TBD
Galle Gladiators Galle, Southern Province 2020 Nadeem Omar (Omar Associates) Sri Lanka Bhanuka Rajapaksa Pakistan Moin Khan Sri Lanka Lasith Malinga
Jaffna Kings Jaffna, Northern Province 2020 Subaskaran Allirajah (Lyca Group) TBD TBD TBD
Kandy Tuskers Kandy, Central Province 2020 Sohail Khan (Sohail Khan International LLP) and Abbas Muni Sri Lanka Kusal Perera Sri Lanka Hashan Tillakaratne Sri Lanka Kusal Perera

Former teams[edit]

Team City Span Owner Captain Coach Icon Player
Colombo Kings Colombo, Western Province 2020 Murfad Mustafa (Faza Group) Sri Lanka Angelo Mathews South Africa Herschelle Gibbs Sri Lanka Angelo Mathews

Tournament season and results[edit]

Out of the five teams that have played in the inaugural season of Lanka Premier League. Jaffna Stallions became the champion for the inaugural season of Lanka Premier League who defeated Galle Gladiators by 53 runs in the final of the inaugural season.[16][17][18]

Season results[edit]

Season No. of teams Final Venue Player of the series
Winner Winning margin Runner-up
2020
Details
5[19] Jaffna Stallions
188/6 (20 overs)
won by 53 runs
Scorecard
Galle Gladiators
135/9 (20 overs)
MRIC Stadium, Hambantota Sri Lanka Wanindu Hasaranga (Jaffna Stallions)

Team records[edit]

Teams Span Mat Won Lost Tie & W Tie & L NR Win %
Colombo Kings 2020 9 5 3 1 0 0 61.11
Dambulla Viiking 2020 9 5 3 0 0 1 62.50
Galle Gladiators 2020–present 10 3 7 0 0 0 30.00
Jaffna Stallions 2020 10 6 3 0 0 1 66.66
Kandy Tuskers 2020–present 8 2 5 0 1 0 31.25
As of 20 December 2020[20]

Notes:

  • Tie & W and Tie & L indicates the matches tied and then won by or lost by Super over respectively.
  • The result percentage excludes no results and counts ties (irrespective of a tiebreaker) as half a win.

Team's performance[edit]

Season
(No. of Teams)
2020
(5)
2021
(5)
Colombo Kings SF Defunct
Dambulla Viiking SF Defunct
Galle Gladiators RU
Jaffna Stallions C Defunct
Kandy Tuskers 5th
TBD N/A
TBD N/A
TBD N/A

Broadcasting[edit]

Sony Pictures Networks (SPN), Sky Sports, and PTV have won the rights to broadcast the 2020 LPL. Independent Television Network (ITN) have won the local telecast rights in Sri Lanka.

International broadcasters[edit]

Territory Licensee Linear Channel Digital Channel
 Sri Lanka ITN Vasantham TV Sri Lanka Cricket official YouTube channel
Sony Sony Six SonyLIV & Sony Live App
 India Sony Sony Six SonyLIV & Sony Live App
 Pakistan PTV PTV Sports
Geo TV Geo Super
 United States Willow TV Willow Cricket
LiveNow www.live-now.com
 United Kingdom Sky Sports Sky Sports Cricket Now TV & Sky Go App
 Bangladesh K Sports T Sports Robi MySports
Sony Sony Six SonyLIV & Sony Live App
 New Zealand Sky Sport Sky Sport Fan Pass App
 Afghanistan RTA RTA Sport Live
Sony Sony Six SonyLIV & Sony Live App
 Caribbean Sportsmax Sportsmax Cricket Live www.sportsmax.tv
 Ireland Sky Sports Sky Sports Cricket Now TV & Sky Go App
 Australia LiveNow www.live-now.com
 South Africa LiveNow www.live-now.com
 United Arab Emirates Etisalat ELife Switch TV
 Canada ATN ATN Cricket Plus www.asiantelevision.com
 Saudi Arabia Etisalat ELife Switch TV
   Nepal Sony Sony Six SonyLIV & Sony Live App
 Bhutan Sony Sony Six SonyLIV & Sony Live App
 Maldives Sony Sony Six SonyLIV & Sony Live App
 Europe LiveNow www.live-now.com
 Africa LiveNow www.live-now.com
 South America LiveNow www.live-now.com

Source:[21][22]

LPL Governing Council[edit]

The LPL is governed by the Sri Lanka Cricket. Sri Lanka Cricket is responsible for all the functions of the tournament. Members of the governing council include Sri Lanka CEO Ashley de Silva. The marketing and organisation rights of the LPL were awarded by Sri Lanka Cricket on the basis of bidding process. The present rights are held by an Indian-owned Dubai-based company, Innovative Production Group (IPG).[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SLC optimistic about inaugural Lanka Premier League despite concerns over border reopening". Zee News. 2 July 2020. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Lanka Premier League 2020: Sri Lanka Cricket to confirm fixtures after decision on India series". The Sports Rush. 2 July 2020. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka Cricket to launch Lankan Premier League 2018". ThePapare.com. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Sri Lanka Cricket Vice President Ravin Wickramaratne officially appointed LPL Tournament Director". cricketage.in. 10 August 2020. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Sri Lanka Cricket to launch Lankan Premier League 2018". ThePapare.com. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  6. ^ "SLC set to relaunch Sri Lanka Premier League in August 2018; Nidahas Trophy to act as launch pad- Firstcricket News, Firstpost". FirstCricket. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Sunday Times – Cricket: Sri Lanka to launch LPL with five-year window in August–September". www.sundaytimes.lk. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  8. ^ "SLC shambles lead to postponement of Lankan Premier League". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Lankan Premier League (LPL) postponed". ThePapare.com. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Lankan Premier League revival in the works – SLC secretary Mohan De Silva". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Sri Lanka plan Lanka Premier League in August". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Lanka Premier League to start on August 28". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Lanka Premier League: Irfan Pathan in pool of 70 foreign players for draft". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Lanka Premier League second edition dates announced; final to be played on 22nd August". SportsTiger. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Second edition of Lanka Premier League to commence on July 30". Hindustan Times. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  16. ^ "Jaffna claimed the madain title of LPL". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  17. ^ "Jaffna Stallions win inaugural Lanka Premier League with thumping final win over Galle Gladiators". SkySports. 16 December 2020. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  18. ^ "LPL 2020 Finals : Jaffna Stallions wins Lanka Premier League title, beat Galle Gladiators in LPL Finals". InsideSport. 17 December 2020. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  19. ^ "LPL 2020 squad". ESPN Cricinfo.Retrieved: 14 December 2020
  20. ^ "Lanka Premier League Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  21. ^ "Where to watch LPL in your country. TV & Online partners announced". NewsWire. 20 November 2020. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  22. ^ "List of licensee of LPL". Sri Lanka Cricket. 26 November 2020. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  23. ^ Tagore, Vijay; 2020; Ist, 19:42 (2 August 2020). "Indian-owned Dubai firm bags Lanka Premier League rights". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 21 December 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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