Attempts to obtain the release of the Indian players were unsuccessful, causing a delay in the naming of the final composition of the SLPL teams which then had an impact on making related arrangements in an effective and timely manner. Therefore, SLC & the SLPL Committee find that there is insufficient time to arrange a tournament of this magnitude this year, within the available window. It has therefore been decided, to postpone the inaugural version of the SLPL by one year.
The Inter Provincial T 20 tournament will however be held during this period as it was played in the past, with 5 provincial teams, to enable the winning team to participate in this year’s Champions League T20 tournament. SLC will endeavour to conduct the Sri Lanka Premier League Tournament next year.