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Lanka Premier League postponed by three months

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With health authorities stipulating a two-week quarantine period for foreign players, Sri Lanka's cricket board decided to postpone the Lanka Cricket League (LPL) by three months.

The postponement comes following the board stating in July that it hoped the nascent premier league tournament would get underway from August 28 with 70 international players among the participants.

23 matches were proposed by the board, to be held between August 28 and September 20 at four international venues in Sri Lanka.

The tournament would have ended a day after the commencement of the lucrative Indian T20 League, which has been confirmed to be held from September 19 - November 10 in the United Arab Emirates due to the rising number of global virus cases in India.

"We asked for a three-day quarantine period, but the health authorities insisted on 14 days," said a cricket official.

"Under those restrictions, it is not feasible to hold the tournament this month."

While the LPL has been pushed back to November, the board did not announce a schedule for the matches.

The SLC is also yet to name the international players that have agreed to participate in the LPL.

Sri Lanka saw England pull out of their planned two-match Test series on March 13 during the early days of the global pandemic and subsequently, South Africa and Bangladesh too decided to cancel their planned tours of the island nation.

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