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After months of lockdown in the entire world, to prevent the expansion of the novel coronavirus, sport is ultimately and gradually initiating to make a comeback. And if we talk especially about cricket, England Cricket Board is the first to take the possibility. The BCCI (The Board of Control for Cricket in India), understandably, has made no action to get the ball rolling on the field, evaluating a large number of cases in India, but Sri Lanka is not in a mood to take a halt for COVID 19 and initiating with its “Lanka Premier League”.

Sri Lanka has announced that the country will host the inaugural season of the Lanka Premier League in August-September.

The inaugural season of “LPL" will be Sri Lanka’s first major T20 tournament since 2012. The improvement earned the nod during Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee’s (SLC) meeting held earlier. After announcing the competition in June, SLC was postponing it for confirmation related to India's pending tour to Sri Lanka before confirming the taps of their T20 tournament. Provided the suspicion around the India series, one feels it is a favourable action to begin their own T20 competition.

Lanka Premier League will contain five teams which will be titled after the participating cities of Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna. With the participation of 70 international players, 23-match Lanka Premier League involving five teams will start on August 28 and end on September 20. The top team will shortly qualify for the final. The second-placed and third-placed team will play an Eliminator at the end of the league. The tournament will be played at four venues namely R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (Khettarama), Rangiri Dambulu International Cricket Stadium (Dambulla), Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (Pallekele) and Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium (Sooriyawewa). (Source - NDTV, Sports)

Sri Lanka has initiated to welcome back the competitive cricket officially, in midst of the COVID 19 crises. Sri Lanka's players had continued training earlier for the T20 tournament. And now after Sri Lanka, several cricket fans in India are hoping a piece of promising news referred to “IPL”.