Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is confident of hosting its first T20 league between August 8 and 22. On the other hand, the Sri Lankan government has extended the reopening date of its international airport till August 1 due to the Covid-19 epidemic. SLC has got the green signal from the Sports Ministry to organize the tournament, but the future of Lanka Premier League (LPL) will depend on the government’s decision to re-open the country’s borders.
Looking forward to talk with President: Ashley de Silva
Ashley de Silva, secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket, said, “We are looking forward to talk with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and see if we reach a conclusion.” He further said, “Sri Lanka has done a very good job in fight against coronavirus compared to other countries in the region and therefore foreign players are showing interest in participating in this tournament.” Let us tell you that there are more than 2000 cases of coronavirus in Sri Lanka. In which more than 1700 have been recovered. Five teams are expected to participate in the franchise-based Sri Lanka Premier League.
Duration of the LPL will depend on tour of India:
The duration of this tournament will depend on the tour of India. Both boards are considering options for organizing it in August. “We are currently thinking of organizing 23 matches in the tournament, but if India gets ready to play, then maybe we can organize only 13 matches,” said de Silva.
Kumar Sangakkara recorded statements in 2011 World Cup final fixing case:
Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara recorded statements for 10 hours before the Special Investigation Committee on Thursday. The inquiry committee is investigating allegations of the country’s former sports minister. He said that the 2011 World Cup final against India was fixed.
Let us tell you that former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage had earlier said that the final match of the World Cup 2011 was fixed. However, he did not provide any concrete evidence regarding this. Subsequently, the Sports Ministry of Sri Lanka has started an investigation in this case.
According to reports, Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara recorded statements in the Special Police Investigation Department of the Sports Ministry for about 10 hours.
On the other hand, the members of the youth party contingent Tharuna Balavegaya gathered outside the SLC office carrying posters. They alleged that officials were harassing this legendary cricketer.