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Lanka Premier League to go ahead ‘even without foreign players’

Sri Lanka Cricket is exploring all possibilities of conducting the Lanka Premier League (LPL), a franchise-based T20 league in August by capitalising on opportunities following the global health crisis.

A blueprint is being finalised to play it from August 8-20, possibly with foreign participation. Players from Australia, West Indies and Pakistan have shown interest with each expected to earn between US$ 10,000 and 60,000, an SLC source said.

An icon player (a Sri Lankan) will get a salary cap of US$ 60,000 while the earnings of a top cricketer could range from US$ 50,000 to 40,000. Others could fit into the US$ 40,000-30,000 and US$ 20,000-10,000 salary ranges, depending on their stature.

SLC is in talks with foreign boards and player agents to draw in as many foreign cricketers as possible in order to give the tournament more weight and value. But it is determined to proceed, even if the pandemic prevents this from happening.

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