The third edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) is all set to begin on December 06 in Hambantota. The opening game will be played between defending champions Jaffna Kings and Galle Gladiators.
The tournament’s first round will feature 20 matches and take place entirely in Hambantota before the competition moves to Kandy and then Colombo.
Qualifier 1 and Eliminator of the upcoming season will take place on December 21, while Qualifier 2 will be played on a subsequent day as there is no break for the teams and players in the knockout round. The final of the 20-over tournament will take place on December 23 2022 at the RPICS in Colombo.
When it comes to the qualifying process, the Final Round Games will see the top two teams in the points table playing the Qualifier 1, whereas the 3rd and 4th placed sides would compete in the ‘Eliminator.’ The winner of ‘Qualifier 1’ will directly go into the finals, and the loser of ‘Qualifier 1’ shall get a chance to play against the winner of the ‘Eliminator’ in ‘Qualifier 2’, and the winner of that game will become the second finalist.
Notably, the upcoming edition will see the participation of some prominent names, including Janneman Malan, Evin Lewis, Dwaine Pretorius, D’Arcy Short, Shoaib Malik, Carlos Brathwaite etc.
“The appetite for cricket in Sri Lanka is huge, and we are bringing the best of cricketing action to our fans in Sri Lanka. With the Lanka Premier League, we want to provide some high-energy T20 cricket throughout December, ” said Anil Mohan, Founder and CEO of IPG, the official promoter of LPL, as quoted by ANI.
“Sri Lankan Cricket has always produced many world class players, and the inclusion of top international cricketers like Evin Lewis, Carlos Brathwaite, and Janneman Malan, among others, is contributing to the growth and popularity of Lanka Premier League in the subcontinent. I am sure that the third edition will be a success like the last two seasons,” he added.