Sri Lanka Cricket has been forced to postpone the Lanka Premier League to the month of November after taking into account the extravagant costs relating to quarantine measures for the incoming international players.
The inaugural edition of the tournament was scheduled to commence on August 28 with the final set to take place on September 20. All matches of the competition were supposed to be held across four venues while five teams named after the cities of Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna would have participated.
"The said decision was taken by SLC in consideration of the health guidelines stipulated by the Ministry of Health subsequent to the meeting held with the Health Ministry Authorities," SLC elaborated in a media release.
Although several foreign players and coaches had expressed their interest in joining the league, the mandatory 14-day quarantine period instituted by the health ministry compelled the organisers to rethink their decision.
Sri Lanka has been able to control the spread of coronavirus with the number of active Covid-19 cases in the island nation just over 250 at the moment.
However, the government is wary of a virus spike given those travelling for the Lanka Premier League would be coming from countries where infections continue to rise.
SLC president Shammi Silva said it would not have been logistically possible to arrange the tournament by the end of this month. The board has thus selected the window following the Indian Premier League to host the competition.
“We had a discussion with the health authorities and the 14-day quarantine period for anyone entering the country is compulsory. So it’s difficult to play the tournament at the end of August”, Silva told NewsWire.
“We will play the tournament in mid-November after IPL,” he added.