Sri Lanka ready to host IPL 2021 if needed – SLC

Sri Lanka ready to host IPL 2021 if needed – SLC

The successful completion of the Lanka premier League (LPL) 2020 cricket tournament has created an opportunity for India to consider hosting the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Sri Lanka in the future, LPL Director Ravin Wickramaratne told the Daily FT.

Wickramaratne said despite discussions by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on holding either some matches or the entire IPL tournament in Sri Lanka, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chose to host the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

However, the LPL’s success might push the BCCI to reconsider holding the IPL in Sri Lanka next year, he said.

“This is a good eye-opener for the Indian Cricket Board to consider Sri Lanka; if they cannot host the IPL in April next year they can come to Sri Lanka and play matches. We will facilitate the necessary requirements,” assured Wickramaratne.

He further said Sri Lanka has proven to the world that it is capable of holding a world class tournament by its management and conducting of the LPL tournament under strict health guidelines.

Stating that no player or staff were reported to have contracted the coronavirus at the end of the tournament, Wickramaratne said this shows the entire world that Sri Lanka has immense resources to ensure everyone in the bubble adhered to the strict health guidelines.