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Quarantine rules delay Lanka Premier League

  • Published at 04:36 pm September 30th, 2020
LPL

The 23-match LPL 20 was rescheduled for November 14, but has now been delayed by one more week

Sri Lanka's premier Twenty20 tournament has been put off a second time due to strict quarantine rules for foreign players, the game's national governing body said Wednesday.

The 23-match Lanka Premier League, originally due to start in August, was rescheduled for November 14, but has now been delayed by one more week, Sri Lanka Cricket said.

It said the shift was to "ensure that participating players have adequate time to meet quarantine requirements as per the government’s health regulations".

Sri Lanka's insistence on two weeks' quarantine for any visitor to the country forced the Bangladesh national team to call off the three-Test tour of the island due to start next month.

The Tests in October-November were meant to mark the two nations' return to international cricket after months-long lockdown halted professional sports worldwide.

SLC said the auction of players for the LPL, which was due Thursday, had also been postponed, to October 9.

Five teams - named after the Sri Lankan cities of Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna - are due to take part in the tournament.

SLC said 30 foreigners, including Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Darren Bravo, Shahid Afridi and Shakib al Hasan, would be available for the LPL.

International cricket came to a halt in Sri Lanka on March 13. 

The visiting England team pulled out on the second day of a practice match ahead of their two-Test series as the coronavirus pandemic spread.

Since then, South Africa have also cancelled a scheduled tour of Sri Lanka.

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