LPL a success despite pandemic fears

When Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced the launch of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) tournament, the cricket adoring public gave a sigh of relief as competitive cricket was being played in the country after a gap of nine months albeit behind closed doors in a bio-secure environment in Hambantota.

They overcame numerous challenges along the way, from multiple postponements to player withdrawals to conduct the inaugural tournament successfully amid COVID-19 health guidelines. Financially it may not have been successful given the economic environment following the pandemic but it did provide a fine platform for young Sri Lankans to showcase their talents to a global audience. The likes of Andre Russell, Muhammad Amir, Shoaib Malik, Johnson Charles and Laurie Evans provided the foreign flavour. There was some brilliant batting, exceptional bowling performances during the 23 games which saw Jaffna Stallions winning the title beating Galle Gladiators but the overall fielding performance was a concern. It was below par to say the least…

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  1. Credit where its due and well done to SLC for pulling this off under very trying circumstances with COVID and the southern cricket season in swing and during the monsoon in SL. Excellent outcome in the end with some good cricket. Also gave SL cricketers much needed exposure and game time to quality cricket.