Lanka Premier League 2021: The tournament will take place at two venues in Colombo and Hambantota. The Lanka Premier League 2021 kicks off on December 5 and the final on December 23, SLC has confirmed. The first match to be played at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo will be between last year’s finalists. Galle Gladiators and the rebranded Jaffna Kings, while the final will be played in Hambantota.
“The first round of the tournament, which will consist of 20 games will be played at the RPICS. Colombo before it moves into MRICS, Hambantota to proceed with the final round games,” a media release stated.
The tournament format has also been revised since the first edition. With the addition of a tie that several players had requested last year. In the playoffs, the top two teams on the points table meet in Qualifier 1.
While the third- and fourth-ranked teams compete against each other in the Eliminator. And the loser of Qualifier 1 against the winner of Eliminator in Qualifier 2 by a place. In the final against the winner of Qualifier 1.
In the first edition, four of the five teams. Had reached a semi-final in which each of those teams had an equal chance. Of making the final a structure that many seriously encountered Devalued results from the much longer league phase.
A reserve day is also planned for the final on December 24 this year.
Although the premiere edition was largely considered a success, the run-up to the second season faced major obstacles. The tournament had to be postponed twice to avoid clashes with other T20 leagues around the world.
And of the five franchises that participated in the first edition. At least three were canceled by the organizers. The most controversial being the Jaffna Stallions franchise that won the first season. When they were eliminated, the stud owners alleged mismanagement and a lack of transparency within the league.
In this year’s edition, 74 international cricketers have signed up for the Player Draft. Including Imran Tahir, Mohammad Amir, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dawid Malan. And Faf du Plessis. Although that doesn’t mean these players will necessarily be in the tournament only that they have expressed interest.
A total of 225 player applications were approved for the player draft. Each of the five teams can have a team of 20 players, including six players from abroad.
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