Sri Lanka planning new ‘IPL-style’ T20 cricket tournament

SLC buoyed by commercial traction of upcoming Nidahas Trophy.

Sri Lanka planning new ‘IPL-style’ T20 cricket tournament

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed they are planning an IPL-style Twenty20 tournament later this year.

Buoyed by the commercial traction from the upcoming tri-nation Twenty20 Nidahas Trophy tournament in March, SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala is planning to revive the Sri Lanka Premier League tournament that fell by the wayside after its inaugural 2012 edition.

"We believe we have the best package, we've got the best formula, we've got the best position to present the next Sri Lankan premier league," SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said.

"The Nidahas Trophy is going to give us that platform, the Nidahas Trophy is going to give us the place where we have never ever seen our country's cricket being positioned in the global market."

As the Nidahas Trophy falls outside of International Cricket Council's (ICC) Future Tours Programme (FTP), for the first time since 2004 SLC was able to independently negotiate media and broadcasting rights. The series is expected to be broadcast in over 150 countries both terrestrially and digitally, resulting in the largest ever viewership for a tournament hosted by SLC.

Lagardre Sports Asia has been working with SLC on the Nidahas Trophy and the Sri Lankan committee is reportedly keen to retain the sports marketing agency’s services for any proposed Sri Lankan premier league.