A new T20 league has just been launched in Sri Lanka. After months of speculation behind the Lanka Premier League, we finally have some news from the island nation. However, the newly launched T20 league is not the one which everyone would have expected.
The UVA Premier League T20 in Sri Lanka will see the cricket starting once again in Sri Lanka. The last few months have been quite difficult in the island nation, in terms of sports. However, the sporting fanatics in Sri Lanka will finally have some cricket to watch. The new competition will see the likes of former Sri Lankan skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan, Thilan Thushara, Farveez Maharoof and Ajantha Mendis.
The T20 tournament will be played from June 29 till July 5. The tournament will have 14 matches in total being played in a time span of a week. Monaragala Hornets, Unilions Mahiyanganaya, Badulla Sea Eagles and Wellawaya Vipers are the four teams which will go up against each other to fight for the competition.
The tournament will have a double round-robin format
A double round-robin format will be followed in this tournament. The top-ranked team will qualify for the final and the second and third-placed team will play an eliminator to decide the other finalist.
There has not been anything revealed about the Lanka Premier League yet. The league which was supposed to have an IPL like structure will be played in August, according to the plans announced by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
SLC had previously tried many times to establish a proper T20 franchise league in the country but have failed. The only edition of any such tournament was played for the first and last time in 2012.
Squads for UVA Premier League T20:
Tillakaratne Dilshan (captain), Ajith Ekanayake (wicket-keeper), Kasun Senanayaka (vice-captain), Binura Fernando, Sriyaan Wijeratne, Chethan De Silva, Dhyan Ranatunga, Chamind Silva, Imesh Udayanga, Chaturanga Kumara, Pradeep Witharana, Nishan Mendis, Umesh Karunaratne, Mark Nawanjaya, Sachithra Serasinghe
Thilan Tushara (captain), Hareen Silva, Manela Udrwatte, Anurudda Rayapaksa, Malinda Lokundttige, Kavidu Gunarathne (wicket-keeper), Sdnal Elwalage, Sriyaan Chandimal (vice-captain), Hasanjith Munaveera, Amal Anapanu, Bathya Jayasuriya, Nisal Perera, Ganuka Herath, Nuwan Pushpakumara, Suranga Wikramasinghe
Badulla Sea Eagles:
Farveez Maharoof (captain), Shehan Ranathunga (vice-captain), Nilanka Jayawardhana, Pardeep Samaraweera, Chaturanga Dissanayaka, Lahiru Udhesh, Gayan Lakshan, Navinda Imalka, Sameera Tharanga (wicket-keeper), Chanaka Mendis, Rohan Pathirana, Niroshan Chaturanga, Yashtha Madhusanka, Vishwa Karunaratne, Dasun Shanaka
Ajantha Mendis (captain), Rashmina Kesara, Lahiru Maduwantha, Chathura Manaranga, Sandun Dushmantha, Chandana Lakmal, Achintha Eranda, Adithya Siriwardhana (wicket-keeper), Anith Bandasa, Akila Dushyentha, Amila Senadeera, Amila Thusara, Anjana Lakshan, Pavan Edirisinghe (vice-captain), Gayan Chathurange
UVA Premier League T20 entire schedule with match timing (mentioned in SLST/IST)
29 June, 11:00 am: Monaragala Hornets vs Wellawaya Vipers
29 June, 14:30 pm: Unilions Mahiyanganaya vs Sea Eagle
30 June, 11:00 am: Unilions Mahiyanganaya vs Wellawaya Vipers
30 June, 14:30 pm: Monaragala Hornets vs Sea Eagle
01 July, 11:00 am: Monaragala Hornets vs Unilions Mahiyanganaya
01 July, 14:30 pm: Wellawaya Vipers vs Sea Eagle
02 July, 11:00 am: Unilions Mahiyanganaya vs Sea Eagle
02 July, 14:30 pm: Monaragala Hornets vs Wellawaya Vipers
03 July, 11:00 pm: Monaragala Hornets vs Sea Eagle
03 July, 14:30 pm: Unilions Mahiyanganaya vs Wellawaya Vipers
04 July, 11:00 am: Monaragala Hornets vs Unilions Mahiyanganaya
04 July, 14:30 pm: Wellawaya Vipers vs Sea Eagle
05 July, 11:00 am: Eliminator 2nd Position vs 3rd Position
05 July, 14:30 pm: Grand Final 1st Position vs Winner of the Eliminator
The live telecast of the UVA Premier League T20 will be done by the Fancode app, Youtube and Facebook Live.
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