Lankan Premier League draft postponed for second time
The draft for the upcoming Lankan Premier League (LPL) has been postponed for the second time due to a sudden outbreak once again of COVID-19 in the country.
In comparison with other Asian cricket playing nations, Sri Lanka was affected the least due to coronavirus and they were also the first country to resume their domestic cricket. The draft for the upcoming Lankan Premier League (LPL) was also set to place on October 19.
But Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed on Friday that the draft has been postponed for the second time as the nation is battling to contain its biggest-ever coronavirus outbreak.
This decision has been taken after more than 1,000 workers at one factory near the capital Colombo tested positive in less than 72 hours this week. The government has also locked down some regions immediately after the outbreak and banned public gatherings.
The tournament was set to kick-off on November 21 after rescheduling twice. But with the postponement of the draft once again, it’s now very unlikely that the tournament will begin in the given time.
Top T20 foreign players like Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, DJ Bravo and many more were set to be up for grabs in the draft. Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who’s ban ends on October 28 was also listed in the draft. However, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) earlier gave a hint that the player will not be given NOC to play the tournament.