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Sri Lanka govt allows 50 percent crowd for LPL, ongoing Test against WI

After a long gap of more than 20 months, cricket fans in Sri Lanka will be allowed to witness live action at the stadium as the government has granted permission to allow 50 percent spectators from Day 4 of the ongoing Test against the West Indies, as well as the Lanka Premier League (LPL), scheduled to begin on December 5.

Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa wrote in a Twitter that the Health Ministry has granted permission to allow 50 per cent spectators.

“Cricket is nothing without the fans! As an avid cricket fan myself, I am happy & grateful to announce that the @MoH_SriLanka has granted approval for limited crowds to attend the #LPL2021 after considering the strict guidelines put in place by the @MoYS_SriLanka,” tweeted Rajapaksa, the son of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

“This approval includes permission for limited crowds at the ongoing Test series as well,” the minister added.

However, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said that only the fully vaccinated persons can attend the games.

“However, only those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be permitted entry,” SLC said. The board also said that the spectators should carry proof of vaccination (either the card or in digital form) done at least 14 days prior to entering the ground.

Significantly with the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, all public gatherings in Sri Lanka were banned since March 2020.

Although international cricket resumed in the island nation but were held under strict bio-bubbles and fans were not allowed to enter the stadiums.

After the completion of the ongoing first Test between hosts Sri Lanka and Windies, the two sides will face for the second and final time in the series from December 29 in Galle.

After the Test series, the second edition of the LPL will commence on December 5 at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo and the inaugural game of the season will be played between Galle and Jaffna.

The first round of the tournament, which will consist of 20 games will be played at the RPICS before it moves into Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRICS), Hambantota to proceed with the final round games.

The finals of the League will be played on the December 23 at the MRICS, Hambantota, whilst this year’s tournament has December 24, as a ‘Reserve Day’ dedicated for the finals.

The LPL 2021, which is Sri Lanka’s topmost domestic tournament, with an international flavor, will consist of 24 games and will see the participation of topmost domestic and international cricketers.

The Final Round Games will see the top two teams in the points table playing the qualifier 1, whilst the 3rd and 4th placed teams on the table playing in the ‘eliminator.’

The winner of ‘qualifier 1’ will directly go into the finals, whilst the loser of the ‘qualifier 1’ will play against the winner of the ‘eliminator’ in the ‘qualifier 2’, and the winner of that game will go into the finals.

Earlier, the second edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), which was supposed to kick-off on July 29, was postponed due to the unavailability of foreign players.

SLC directs LPL franchises to include 10 leading Lankan cricketers in upcoming season

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the governing body for the game in the island nation, has demanded that 10 national players including former captains Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Janith Perera must be included in the second edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), scheduled to begin from December 5.

SLC has forwarded the names of Mathews, Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Minod Bhanuka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ashan Priyanjan and Shiran Fernando, who all were opted out from the selection by the LPL franchises.

While directing to include these ten players, including those who were in the Sri Lanka’s T20 squad at the ongoing T20 World cup, the SLC asked the franchisees to pick two players each for the five teams.

The SLC said that being the governing body of the domestic T20 league, it has observed that franchise owners have not selected some national players and some young players, who play some excellent domestic cricket and are considered potential future stars.

“Considering the above deficiency and in the interest of the game of cricket in Sri Lanka, the Governing Council of the Lanka Premier League 2021 decided to forward the names of 10 deserving players, who missed out during the Player draft, to all the franchise owners, and make it ‘mandatory’ for each franchise to select two players out of the given 10 into their squad, thus expanding the squad strength from 20 to 22,” the SLC said in a statement.

The SLC had said that for this year’s edition, 673 applications were received from foreign players and 358 from local cricketers who were keen to represent the domestic presence at the LPL.

“Accordingly, a total of 1,031 players (local and overseas) went into the draft, whilst the ‘Right’ of selecting the suitable and desirous players for the 20 member squads, was solely vested with the ‘Franchise Owners’ subject to compliance with the guidelines set by the SLC,” it stated.

As per reports, around 74 international cricketers including the likes of veteran Imran Tahir, Mohammad Amir, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dawid Malan and Faf du Plessis, Mohammad Hafeez and Tabraiz Shamsi were drafted in by various teams of the LPL.

Significantly, the upcoming edition of the LPL will commence on the December 5 at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo.

The inaugural game of the season will be played between Galle and Jaffna. The first round of the tournament, which will consist of 20 games will be played at the RPICS before it moves into Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRICS), Hambantota to proceed with the final round games.

The finals of the League will be played on the December 23 at the MRICS, Hambantota, whilst this year’s tournament has December 24, as a ‘Reserve Day’ dedicated for the finals.

LPL 2021: Safexpay Founder, CEO Ravi Gupta & Vernost Director Pankaj Tripathi acquires Kandy franchise

The Lanka Premier League (LPL) Kandy franchise has new owners as Safexpay Founder & CEO Ravi Gupta and Vernost Director Pankaj Tripathi enters the second season of the premier T20 tournament of the Island Nation by acquiring the Kandy-based franchise in the tournament.

Ravi Gupta is the founder and CEO of Safexpay, which is a Mumbai-headquartered fintech focused on solving problems for businesses who need to either accept online payments from or make payouts to various stakeholders. Safexpay has a strong presence in India, UAE and Singapore.

Speaking about entering the LPL, Gupta said: “The Lanka Premier League garnered a lot of interest from some of the biggest stars and the cricket fans from around the world in the first season and therefore I am absolutely delighted to enter the tournament as the co-owner of the Kandy franchise this year.”

“The Lanka Premier League is certainly going to grow and evolve into one of the most sought-after T20 leagues in the world and I am very excited to be a part of the success of the tournament in the upcoming years,” he added.

Pankaj Tripathi is the director of Vernost Technologies LLC which consult and help customers build, manage, develop and support complex & new generation business applications for end-customer & trade.

Solutions such as customer-first, mobile-first, AI-first, commerce-first have been successfully delivered by the company in domains of Customer Engagement Solutions, Digital Payment, Online marketplace, Ecommerce Services, Online Travel Technology & Digital Distribution.

Speaking about the new venture, Tripathi said: “We are ecstatic to be a part of the Lanka Premier League as the co-owner of the Kandy franchise. The LPL has caught the imagination of cricket fans from around the world and we wanted to be a part of the amazing competition in the upcoming seasons.”

“We are eagerly looking forward to engaging with the fans and having a cracker of a season,” he added.

Welcoming the new owners, Anil Mohan, Founder and CEO of Dubai-based production giant IPG, the official promoter of LPL, said: “It’s a huge honour and privilege for me to welcome Safexpay Founder and CEO Mr Ravi Gupta and Vernost Director Pankaj Tripathi as the owners of the Kandy franchise. I am certain that their passion for the game will bolster the Kandy franchise and also attract more fans to the Lanka Premier League in the upcoming seasons.”

The new owners of the Kandy franchise are expecting to construct a strong team for the second season of the LPL in the Player’s Draft, which is set to be held on October 27.

Gupta said, “We will certainly try to acquire a well-balanced team in the Player’s Draft.” While, Tripathi expressed, “Hopefully the team performs to the best of its ability in the season and garners the desired results.”

The inaugural edition of the LPL, which was played in a bio-secure bubble at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota from November 26 till December 16, 2020, reached a cumulative audience of 557 million people through TV, digital-social space, and traditional media outlets.

Sponsors enjoyed a media evaluation (visibility) of $54.5m and title sponsor MY11CIRCLE enjoyed a ROI of 9.85x. Winner of the first edition of LPL Jaffna Stallions tops the valuation chart with $3.98m followed by Galle Gladiators ($3.82m), Dambulla Viikings (Now Dambulla Giants) ($3.54m) Colombo Kings ($3.44m) and Kandy Tuskers ($3.19m).

The LPL matches which were telecast live by Sky Sports, Sony Sports Network, Geo, PTV, and Willow TV in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UK, US, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand saw 155 million people tuning in to catch live action. On social media, it achieved a reach of 218 million and LPL found 133478 mentions as the league came alive with each and every match with some scintillating performances on the ground.

Second edition of LPL to begin on December 5

The upcoming edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2021 will commence on the December 5 at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo, it was announced on Wednesday.

The inaugural game of the season will be played between Galle and Jaffna.

The first round of the tournament, which will consist of 20 games will be played at the RPICS before it moves into Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRICS), Hambantota to proceed with the final round games.

The finals of the League will be played on the December 23 at the MRICS, Hambantota, whilst this year’s tournament has December 24, as a ‘Reserve Day’ dedicated for the finals.

The LPL 2021, which is Sri Lanka’s topmost domestic tournament, with an international flavor, will consist of 24 games and will see the participation of topmost domestic and international cricketers.

The Final Round Games will see the top two teams in the points table playing the qualifier 1, whilst the 3rd and 4th placed teams on the table playing in the ‘eliminator.’

The winner of ‘qualifier 1’ will directly go into the finals, whilst the loser of the ‘qualifier 1’ will play against the winner of the ‘eliminator’ in the ‘qualifier 2’, and the winner of that game will go into the finals.

Earlier, the second edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), which was supposed to kick-off on July 29, was postponed due to unavailability of foreign players.

“The Lanka Premier League 2021, which was expected to commence on the 29th July 2021, has been rescheduled,” the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had said in a statement.

Terming the unavailability of foreign players as one of the reason, it had further said: “The Governing Council of the Lanka Premier League is of the view that rescheduling the tournament will enable more players from leading cricket-playing nations to take part in the league.”

“The Council made this decision after assessing that at least one similar premier league and several international tours will be played among the cricketing nations during August 2021, during the period, which the LPL 2nd edition was expected to be played,” the statement had added.

Supreme TV, Sri Lanka’s TV channel, had recently acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast the LPL in the island nation from the IPG Group, the official franchise and broadcast holder.

The multi-year agreement, positioned as one of the biggest broadcast deals so far in the Island Nation will help LPL penetrate deep into every nook and corner of the country and Supreme TV is committed to play an integral part in the television and digital transmission of the LPL starting from the second season.

Sony will continue to be the official broadcaster of the league in India.

The inaugural edition of the LPL, which was played in a bio-secure bubble at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota from November 26 till December 16, 2020, had reached a cumulative audience of 557 million people through TV, digital-social space, and traditional media outlets.

Supreme TV bags exclusive broadcast rights of LPL for Sri Lanka

Supreme TV, Sri Lanka’s TV channel, has acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast the Lanka Premier League (LPL) in Sri Lanka, from the IPG Group, the official franchise and broadcast holder.

The multi-year agreement, positioned as one of the biggest broadcast deals so far in the Island Nation will help LPL penetrate deep into every nook and corner of the country and Supreme TV is committed to play an integral part in the television and digital transmission of the LPL starting from the second season.

Sony will continue to be the official broadcaster of the league in India.

Commenting on the development, RM Manivannan, Chairman Supreme TV, said: “It is with great pride and humility we undertake this joyous mission. Supreme TV has become a household name and it is the fastest growing Sinhala Language channel in Sri Lanka with special focus on sports and entertainment. At a time when our nation is going through a challenging period due to the Covid-19 pandemic, LPL comes as a breath of fresh air to infuse positivity and regain its character as a sport loving nation. LPL brings to the island the revolutionary concept of franchise T20 cricket which features international cricketers of repute pitched along with our own leading cricketers, not to mention the budding ones who greatly learn from this exposure.”

“One of my biggest hopes is that young and upcoming cricketing talent that our country has always been blessed with, uses this opportunity to harness their talent and soon start to compete for selection in the national side. LPL is a great opportunity given to Sri Lankans to see many cricketing stars in action, whilst passionately supporting their preferred team all in our turf. Supreme TV considers it a great privilege to take this rare entertainment to all Sri Lankans – the urban elite, as well as to every village, with their strong island wide coverage for a continuous period of almost a month. For a cricket loving nation, which is slowly disengaging from the pandemic at this moment, opportunity to enjoy the high quality second season from home is probably the best year end gift,” he added.

On the other hand, Anil Mohan, Founder and CEO of Dubai-based production giant IPG, the official promoter of LPL said: “It gives me immense pleasure to welcome on board Supreme TV as our broadcast partner of the prestigious Lanka Premier League and I can confidently say that this association is a great testament to the brand LPL. In the first edition, from Sri Lanka alone we garnered a total viewership of 1.9 million which is quite significant. Our first season was big success and with the addition of Supreme TV, we will only grow bigger.”

The inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) which was played in a bio-secure bubble at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota from November 26 till December 16, 2020, reached a cumulative audience of 557 million people through TV, digital-social space, and traditional media outlets.

Sponsors enjoyed a media evaluation (visibility) of $54.5m and title sponsor MY11CIRCLE enjoyed a ROI of 9.85x. Winner of the first edition of LPL, Jaffna Kings tops the valuation chart with $3.98m, followed by Galle Gladiators ($3.82m), Dambulla Vikings – now Dambulla Giants, ($3.54m), Colombo Kings ($3.44m), and Kandy Tuskers ($3.19m).

The LPL matches which were telecast live by Sky Sports, Sony Sports Network, Geo, PTV, and Willow TV, ITN in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UK, US, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand saw 155 million people tuning in to catch live action.

On social media, it achieved a reach of 218 million and LPL found 133,478 mentions as the League came alive with each and every match with some scintillating performances on the ground.

Lyca Group Chairman Allirajah Subaskaran acquires LPL’s Jaffna franchise

Jaffna franchise, the winner of the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), has now been acquired by Sri Lanka-born British entrepreneur, Allirajah Subaskaran.

The franchise, which was earlier known as Jaffna Stallions, has now also been renamed as Jaffna Kings.

Speaking about the new venture, Subaskaran said: “I have been observing the gradual growth of the LPL. It has turned out to be a spectacular sporting event, and I believe that the LPL can become a major event in the cricketing calendar. Many Sri Lankans globally look forward to this tournament, with better funding and drafting of bigger names, the league is bound to be a global phenomenon, and I don’t want to be left out of the party.”

Subaskaran is the founder and chairman of Lyca Group of companies in the UK, and the group has been diversifying its businesses in the South Asian region with a strong presence in India and Sri Lanka, making their venture into the LPL, a well-calculated move.

When asked why he chose the Jaffna team, Subaskaran said: “Well, it makes sense to put your money on the team that won last year, and, I do have some sentimental attachments to the North of the Island.”

On the other hand, welcoming the new owner, Anil Mohan, Founder and CEO of Dubai-based production giant IPG, the official promoter of LPL, said: “It gives me immense pleasure to welcome on board Lyca Group Chairman Mr Allirajah Subaskaran as the owner of the Jaffna franchise. I am sure that his love and passion for the game will enable him to connect with the team and engage the fans and all its stakeholders going forward.”

Jawad Ghulam Rasool, COO & CCMO of Dubai-based production giant IPG, the official promoter of LPL, said: “We at the IPG group recognize that it takes many individuals whether in management, players or franchise owners to put together a league that we can be proud of a league like LPL. We would like to welcome Jaffna franchise owner Mr Allirajah Subaskaran, chairman of the LYCA Group to the LPL community and look forward to growing stronger
together.”

With the LPL Player’s Draft scheduled for next month, the new owner of the Jaffna franchise expects to rope in some big international and local stars. He said, that like last year, he’s confident of having a very competitive team this year too.

The inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) which was played in a bio-secure bubble at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota from November 26 till December 16, 2020, reached a cumulative audience of 557 million people through TV, digital-social space, and traditional media outlets.

Sponsors enjoyed a media evaluation (visibility) of $54.5m and title sponsor MY11CIRCLE enjoyed a ROI of 9.85x.
Winner of the first edition of LPL Jaffna Stallions tops the valuation chart with $3.98m followed by Galle Gladiators ($3.82m), Dambulla Viikings (Now Dambulla Gaints) ($3.54m) Colombo Kings ($3.44m) and Kandy Tuskers ($3.19m).

The LPL matches which were telecast live by Sky Sports, Sony Sports Network, Geo, PTV, and Willow TV in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, UK, US, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand saw 155 million people tuning in to catch live action.

On social media, it achieved a reach of 218 million and LPL found 133478 mentions as the league came alive with each and every match with some scintillating performances on the ground.

LPL 2021 postponed due to lack of foreign players

Unavailability of foreign players has forced the second edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) to be postponed till November.

The T20 franchise-based league, which was supposed to begin on July 29, will now commence on November 19 and end on December 12, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced.

“The Lanka Premier League 2021, which was expected to commence on the 29th July 2021, has been rescheduled to be held from 19th November to 12th December 2021,” said a statement from SLC.

Terming the unavailability of foreign players as one of the reason, it further said: “The Governing Council of the Lanka Premier League is of the view that rescheduling the tournament will enable more players from leading cricket-playing nations to take part in the league.”

“The Council made this decision after assessing that at least one similar premier league and several international tours will be played among the cricketing nations during August 2021, during the period, which the LPL 2nd edition was expected to be played,” the statement added.

Shakib, Faulkner, Cutting register for second edition of LPL

Star Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, Ben Cutting and James Faulkner are among the international stars to register themselves for the upcoming second edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL).

Meanwhile, South Africa’s ODI and T20I captain Temba Bavuma has also put his name up for the tournament.

Mitchell McClenaghan, Nicholas Pooran, Mohammed Mahmadullah, Sherfane Rutherford, Ravi Rampaul, David Wiese and Calum Ferguson are few others who have made themselves available ahead of the Players Draft.

Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe, Sandeep Lamichhane from Nepal and Ali Khan of USA are also in the fray.

“Last year’s success has certainly made a difference with more players from many cricket playing countries looking forward to play in the LPL, which is a very good sign for the League and Sri Lanka cricket,” Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Vice President Ravin Wickremaratne, said in a statement.

List of some of the other International players, who have registered for LPL-2 are:

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Mehdy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Liton Das & Soumya Sarkar

Australia: Usman Khawaja, Ben Dunk & Callum Ferguson

West Indies: Sheldon Cottrell, Rayad Emrit, Ravi Rampaul, Dwayne Smith, Denesh Ramdin, Johnson Charles & Rowman Powell

Pakistan: Haris Sohail, Waqas Maqsood, Muhammed Hasnain, Mohammed Irfan, Shoaib Maqsood, Shan Masood, Anwar Ali & Ammad Butt

South Africa: Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese, Jon Jon Trevor Smuts, Morne Morkel, Rassie Van Der Dussen, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi & Hardus Viljoen

Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan, Mohammed Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen Ul Haq, Usman Shinwari, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Naveen ul Haq & Qais Ahmad

SLC gears up for LPL’s second edition

Although the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had planned to extend the Lanka Premier League (LPL) to six teams from 2021, it will now hold this year’s edition limited to five and the board is in process of finalising all arrangements with event holder Dubai-based IPG (Innovation Production Group) for the upcoming season.

Notably, the second edition of the LPL will begin from July 30 and will run till August 22.

Speaking to DailyFT, Ashley De Silva, SLC CEO said that they are in the process of finalising all arrangements IPG.

“We are in the process of making all the arrangements and having discussions with the event holder and we are trying to finalise the plans quickly as possible,” said De Silva.

Commenting on the venue for the 2021 edition, he said: “With regard to the venue we are having some discussions internally, we need to also discuss it with our event holder before we decide on it. Most probably we would stick to Hambantota, which is one option. We have to take a decision on whether we are going to play the matches at two locations or one. If it is two, it will be at Kandy and Hambantota. If it is one, we will have to take a call on the venue.”

Further commenting on speculations regarding postponement of the tournament due to Covid, Ashely said:“It was anyway initially planned to be held in July-August but we were wondering whether we will have sufficient time to get it organised. Our event holder they said that they are ready to go, therefore we took a decision to go ahead with the August window.”

“The window that is available to us is July-August. That is the date we have reserved when we drew up our FTP (Future Tours Program). It is something which we have reserved for the next five years. When we discuss and schedule matches in the FTP we kind of keep that window locked down. We don’t schedule any games with any other country but keep it free for us to play the LPL,” added De Silva.

“We cannot be shifting it around whether all the overseas players are going to be available or not, we have to go ahead with it. There are so many players playing T20 cricket around the world so it is a matter of finding about 25 to 30 players. It is not difficult for us to get 25-30 good players to take part in this tournament. All the local cricketers will be available,” he said.

“The player draft – we will outsource that operation for an organisation to handle it. But getting the confirmation of the players, SLC will do it. Talking to the international players will be done by SLC. We will then tell the event holder the players who are available for the player draft.”

Lanka Premier League’s second edition to start on July 30

The second edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), Sri Lanka’s premier domestic T20 tournament, will start from July 30 and will run till August 2021, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Tuesday.

The inaugural edition of the LPL was held at the MRICS, Hambantota, which saw the participation of fove teams.

The first season had received good response as millions of fans globally had viewed the tournament via television and, digital platforms, with 135 million viewers watching the final.

As the 2020 edition was held under a successful Bio-Bubble environment, the same will be the case for this year too and the health protocols for it will be directed by the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.