IPL 2021: Sri Lanka Cricket offers to host the remaining matches

Sri Lanka Cricket offer to host IPL
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After the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended in the middle of the season, several English county clubs showed interest in hosting the rest of the season. Sri Lanka Cricket entered the bandwagon a day later.

Sri Lanka Cricket expresses strong interest in hosting the remaining matches of the IPL on their home turf.

Despite the fact that many organizations have expressed interest in hosting the remaining IPL matches. BCCI’s greatest challenge is seeking a window long enough to complete the lucrative tournament.

Sri Lanka Cricket committee chief Arjuna de Silva:

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SLC managing committee chief Arjuna de Silva has said that they can “certainly provide a window” to host the IPL in September.

“Yes, we can certainly provide a window to host the IPL in the month of September”, Arjuna de Silva told Deccan Chronicle in an exclusive telephonic interview from Colombo.

According to reports, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the BCCI’s top choice to host the remaining IPL matches. In the September window leading up to the T20 World Cup, particularly after the previous edition was a huge success.

Speaking about this de Silva said: “We hear the UAE (United Arab Emirates) is their first option but Sri Lanka can not be ignored for all reasons”.

“We are planning to host the Lanka Premier League (LPL) in July-August and the grounds and other infrastructure will be ready for the IPL in September”, he added.

In IPL 2021, there were no Sri Lankan players, which was ironic.

Muttiah Muralitharan (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Mahela Jayawardene (Mumbai Indians), and Kumar Sangakkara (Rajasthan Royals) were all members of the tournament’s coaching staff.

It remains to see if SLC sends an official proposal to BCCI and if the they considers the option.

Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly, president of the BCCI, admits that finding a window to finish the IPL this year was difficult. Due to a jam-packed international calendar.

According to initial estimates, the BCCI would lose about Rs 2500 crore if the matches are not held.

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