As expected, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to postponed the ‘Player Draft’ of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) once again. After multiple postponements the LPL 2020 player draft was scheduled for today, but last night SLC in a hasty organized telephonic meeting decided to postpone the LPL Draft once again.
“The ‘Player Draft’ of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) which was scheduled to be held on the 09th October 2020 will not go ahead as planned, owing to the current health situation. The ‘Player Draft’ is rescheduled to be held on the 19th of October 2020, whilst SLC will closely monitor the health situation leading up to the new draft date”, said SLC release on the matter.
The release says that the player draft is rescheduled for 19th October now. Just few hours before the postponement LPL Tournament Director Ravin Wickramaratne had told local media that they are going ahead with the PLAYER DRAFT.
We have to take ‘wait and see’ approach if the tournament can go ahead from 21 November onwards. “As far as the Player Draft is concerned we are expecting it to go ahead on Friday” SLC official was quoted by the local media.
SriLanka Cricket or the organizers are yet to issue the update player list available for the LPL 2020 Players Draft. When LPL Tournament Director was asked which all players are participating in the Player Draft – his reply was also ambiguous.
Wickramaratne said that players from Bangladesh may not be available for the ‘Player Draft’ because they are due to commence their domestic calendar from 11 October.
But what about others ? No reply came in from him.
Meanwhile InsideSport has learnt that even the Caribbean cricketers have declined to participate in the LPL Season 1. According to the info available none of the West Indies cricketers are ready to spend 14 days in quarantine so will not be available for the player draft for LPL now scheduled for October 19th.
LPL is in trouble right from its inception with little clarity on dates, schedule, format, organizers. Amid multiple postponements on various timelines only time will tell if SLC’s ambitious project can take off this year or not.