The inaugural Lankan Premier League will not start on August 28.
In a major setback to Sri Lanka Cricket, health authorities in the Island nation have declined to shorten the mandatory quarantine period for the players.
With the Indian Premier League slated from September 19 to November 10, SLC will now look to start its ambitious venture towards the last week of November.
The five-team competition was planned from August 28 to September 10.
An official confirmation from SLC is still awaited but noted Sri Lankan commentator Roshan Abheysinghe has shared the development on his certified twitter handle @RoshanCricket.
“Sadly the LPL has been postponed to the last week of November due to the Health authorities not approving the quarantine period sought. Indeed sad news for now,” reads the tweet.
Sadly the LPL has been postponed to the last week of November due to the Health authorities not approving the quarantine period sought. Indeed sad news for now.
— Roshan Abeysinghe (@RoshanCricket) August 11, 2020
SLC in the last week of July had confirmed that 23-match League will be played on 4 international venues – R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Rangiri Dambulu International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium and Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium.
The Sri Lankan cricket authorities had also claimed that over 70 International players, including former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, and 10 top-notch coaches had confirmed their availability for the tournament.