Sri Lanka Cricket officially postpones Lanka Premier League

The league was scheduled to kick start in August this year.

The idea of Lanka Premier League never took off (AFP)

Sri Lanka Cricket(SLC) on Sunday, July 15 has officially confirmed the postponement of the scheduled Lanka Premier League(LPL) T20 tournament and has made it clear that revised dates for the competition will be decided by a new board.

The Lankan Premier League (LPL) was due to start on August 18, but an interim management body appointed last month decided to delay the tournament. In a statement issued, SLC stated, "Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that the LPL (T20) has been postponed indefinitely until an elected body is constituted at the SLC."

In May 2018, Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal suspended elections for the national cricket board. Sports minister Faiszer Mustapha appointed an authority to run the board until elections are held within next six months.

Board elections were scrambled because of the petition by a former secretary of SLC Nishantha Ranatunga who argued that outgoing president Thilanga Sumathipala was unsuitable for re-election. Sumathipala was pitted against Ranatunga, the younger brother of Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga, in the election.

The Ranatunga brothers accuse Sumathipala of violating International Cricket Council regulations by holding office despite alleged links to gambling. With their board in the mess and the on-field results in most alarming disarray, the game has stagnated in the lovable island nation. 

(Inputs from Cricket Next)


By Kashish Chadha - 15 Jul, 2018

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