The Lanka Premier League Twenty20 cricket competition, which had been due to begin this month, has been postponed until later in the year.

The tournament will now take place in Sri Lanka from November 19 to December 12. The competition had initially been scheduled to run from July 29 to August 22.

The Governing Council of the Lanka Premier League said the decision has been taken to enable more players from leading cricket-playing nations to take part in the competition.

Sri Lanka Cricket added that the decision has been taken with “at least one” similar Premier League and several international tours due to be played during August. Other tournaments scheduled for next month include the Kashmir Premier League, Caribbean Premier League and The Hundred, the new limited-overs competition in England and Wales.

Anil Mohan, founder and chief executive of Innovative Production Group FZE, the official promoter of the LPL, said: “IPG supports SLC’s decision to postpone the second edition of LPL. The success of the league is of paramount importance. We thank the SLC, Sri Lankan Government, players, franchisees, and sponsors for their support.”

This year’s LPL will mark the second edition of the tournament. SLC was also forced to postpone the inaugural campaign last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The postponement of this year’s tournament will see it take place shortly after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup. It was recently announced that the national team tournament will take place from October 17 to November 14 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman after the event was moved from India due to COVID-19.

The final of last year’s Lanka Premier League was held at the MRIC Stadium (pictured) in Hambantota.

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