The Lanka Premier League (LPL) will be made an annual sports occasion in Sri Lanka, the Sports Ministry said.

Minister Youth Affairs and Sports Namal Rajapaksa said that the Lanka Premier League (LPL) is a competition that will place Sri Lanka on the international sports map and has actually already drawn in the attention of regional and international sports viewers and the media.

He further included that he is ‘positive that this tournament will build the country’s sports economy and set the phase for exposing the skills of Sri Lanka’s young athletes to the global arena’.

Rajapaksa, from his twitter handle @RajapaksaNamal, likewise tweeted the link to the blog site under the heading – Lanka Premier League 2020: Recognizing the talents of regional players, the journey towards a strong sports economy begins … The Sports Minister tagged @MoYS_SriLanka, @OfficialSLC, @tourismlk, @ICC and @ICCMediaComms.

The Minister also wrote that the government will extend all possible assistance to make LPL an annual sports residential or commercial property of Sri Lanka much on the lines of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in India.

” Following the success of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the possibility of holding such a tournament in Sri Lanka was much discussed for several years however unfortunately, it didn’t happen. And now, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports have actually been in discussions for weeks to make this competition a reality as it is vital for the future of Sri Lankan cricket. The competition will bring more global attention and acknowledgment to our young professional athletes and such a highly competitive competition will not just improve home entertainment but also make a significant contribution to the sports economy in addition to the economy of the country. This tournament will be a strong structure to enhance the sports tourism market which has been significantly affected by the international epidemic of Corona. As the Minister of Sports, I look forward to offering my complete assistance to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) through my Ministry to make Lanka Premier League T20 competition the leading annual competition in the nation,” Rajapaksa composed.

IPG CEO Anil Mohan stated, “It is incredibly heartfelt to see Mr Namal Rajapaksa, the Sports Minister of Sri Lanka, extend his overwhelming assistance to the Lanka Premier League. We at IPG are dedicated to develop a world class league with LPL and with the support of the Sri Lankan Government and SLC, I am confident that we will be able to take LPL to more recent heights.”

SLC VP and LPL Tournament Director Ravin Wickramaratne stated, “The Federal government support is very crucial for a competition of this stature to prosper, and on behalf of Sri Lanka Cricket, I wish to thank the Honorable Minister for his continuous assistance towards the LPL.” (Colombo Gazette).