Colombo: Sri Lankan Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa has said that the government will help him to make the Lanka Premier League (LPL) a global and successful tournament like the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Lanka Premier League will start from November 21 and will run till December 13. The 23-match LPL league will be played at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, Pallekal International Cricket Stadium and Suriyaveva Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium. 5 teams will participate in it.
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The Sports Minister wrote in his blog that the Lanka Premier League is a tournament that will bring Sri Lanka to the global sports map. He also said that this tournament has already attracted the attention of local and international audiences and media. He further said that he is confident that this tournament will build the country’s sports economy and provide a platform for exposing the talents of young Sri Lankan players at the international level.
LPL 2020: Kicking off the Journey towards a strong sports economy whilst recognizing local talent https://t.co/GVQaScZNPK @OfficialSLC
– Namal Rajapaksa (@RajapaksaNamal) October 21, 2020
Rajapaksa wrote, ‘After the success of the IPL, the possibility of organizing such a tournament in Sri Lanka was talked about for many years, but unfortunately it did not happen. However, the Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) and Sports Ministry have been discussing for weeks to make this tournament a reality as it is necessary for the future of Sri Lankan cricket.
He further wrote, ‘This tournament will attract more international attention for our young players and such a highly competitive tournament. These not only increase entertainment, but also contribute significantly to the economy of the country along with sports economy. India’s Manpreet Gony and Manvinder Bisla will be part of the first season of LPL. Both Goni and Bisla Indians have been linked by the league’s franchise Colombo Kings.