The Lanka Premier League is a professional twenty20 cricket league in Sri Lanka played by five teams from various Sri Lankan cities. This is the fourth attempt of having a franchise/club-based domestic league for T20 cricket in Sri Lanka.
The Twenty20 Tournament was the first T20 tournament in the country which ran for seven seasons. It was later revived, with the last edition being held in 2017-18. Inter-Provincial Twenty20 was the next version which ran for multiple seasons before being replaced. It was also revived, with the last edition being held in 2016.
The Sri Lanka Premier League was intended to be the country’s premier twenty20 league when it replaced the Inter-Provincial Twenty20 competition. Its first season was held in 2012. The 2013 and 2014 seasons were cancelled due to lack of sponsorship and organizational problems.
This will be the inaugural edition of the tournament scheduled to take place from 26 November to 16 December 2020. It was originally scheduled to start in August but was rescheduled several times due to the pandemic restrictions. Although the original plan was to hold the matches in Pallekele, Dambulla and Hambantota, now it will be played entirely in Hambantota in view of the players’ safety and health protocols introduced because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The player draft was conducted on 19 October 2020 and included many local and overseas stars of T20 cricket.
Each team plays with each other twice in a round-robin format in the group stage. Top four teams qualify for the knockout round, which is a direct knockout format.
Lanka T20 League Teams
Captain A Matthews
Home Ground R Premadasa Stadium
Batsman A Priyanjan, K Sadiq, L Udara, L Evans, D Bell-Drummond, N Paranavithana
All roundersA Matthews, I Udana, M Gony, T De Silva, T Ratnayake, H Ramanayake, A Russell
Wicket KeepersD Chandimal
Bowlers D Chameera, A Aponso, J Vandersay, T Kaushal, Q Ahmed, K Perera
Captain D Shanaka
Home GroundDambulla International Stadium
Batsman O Fernando, U Tharanga, A Perera, P Tharanga, A Bandara, K Nadeeshan
All roundersD Shanaka, L Madushanka, S Patel, P Stirling, R Mendis
Wicket KeepersN Dickwella, J Charles
Bowlers L Kumara, K Rajitha, S Tyagi, D Madushanka, S Colomboge
Captain S Afridi
Home Ground Galle International Stadium
Batsman D Gunathilaka, B Rajapaksa, H Zazai, A Ali, S Arachchige
All rounders S Jayasuriya, M Siriwardana, A Dananjaya, S Afridi, D Lakshan, D Tillakaratne
Wicket Keepers C Walton, A Khan
Bowlers L Sandakan, A Fernando, M Amir, M Shiraz, N Thusara
Captain T Perera
Home Ground None
BatsmanA Fernando, N Fernando, T Dinoshan, K Kabilraj
All rounders T Perera, D de Silva, W Hasaranga, S Malik, C Asalanka
Wicket Keepers M Bhanuka, T Morres
Bowlers S Lakmal, B Fernando, U Shinwari, K Abbott, D Oliver, M Theekshana
Captain M Lanning
Home Ground Citi Power Centre
BatsmanM du Preez, M Lanning, N Sciver, E Villani
All rounders S Day, T Flintoff, E Osborne, A Sutherland
Wicket Keepers N Faltum
Bowlers K Brunt, H Ferling, A King, R Mair, B Devchand
Colombo vs. Kandy
26th Nov 2020
Jaffna vs. Galle
27th Nov 2020
Dambulla vs. Kandy
28th Nov 2020
Galle vs. Colombo
Dambulla vs. JaffnaT
30th Nov 2020
Galle vs. Kandy
Colombo vs. Dambulla
1st Dec 2020
Jaffna vs. Kandy
Galle vs. Jaffna
3rd Dec 2020
Kandy vs. Dambulla
Colombo vs. Jaffna
4th Dec 2020
Dambulla vs. Galle
5th Dec 2020
Kandy vs. Colombo
Colombo vs. Galle
7th Dec 2020
Jaffna vs. Dambulla
Kandy vs. Jaffna
9th Dec 2020
Galle vs. Dambulla
Jaffna vs. Colombo
10th Dec 2020
Kandy vs. Galle
Dambulla vs. Colombo
11th Dec 2020
Semi-final - 1
13th Dec 2020
Semi-final - 2
7th November 2020
16th Dec 2020
Former captain D Chandimal, captain A Matthews and Afghanistan’s spinner Q Ahmed are the ones to watch out for in this team.
Captain D Shanaka and N Dickwella, P Stirling of Ireland will hold the key to how the Viiking perform in the tournament.
All eyes will be on batsman D Gunathilaka, captain S Afridi and Pakistan’s speedster M Amir for the Gladiators.
Batsman A Fernando, captain T Perera and dynamic all-rounder D de Silva are the important players for the Stallions.
Captain K Perera, batsman K Mendis and Zimbabwe’s B Taylor will be key players for the Tuskers in this tournament.