Paralympic gold medalist Dinesh Priyantha Herath who officially declared open the LPL shakes hand with Jaffna Kings skipper Thisara Perera at the opening ceremony. Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa, SLC President Shammi Silva,CEO Ashley de Silva and Vice Presidents Dr Jayantha Dharmadasa and Ravin Wickramaratne are also present. (Pic courtesy SLC)
The second edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) tournament got underway yesterday with a colourful opening ceremony at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium.
The five-teams Jaffna Kings, Galle Gladiators, Kandy Warriors, Dambulla Giants, and Colombo Stars took part at the opening ceremony while Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa was the chief guest on this occasion. The Minister has invited Paralympic Gold medalist Dinesh Priyantha Herath to officially declare open this second edition of the LPL.
The Minister said that LPL always gives youngsters a good opportunity and to perform well with world-class players and provide equal opportunity for Sri Lankan players to compete at the highest level. The first edition was successful and we found really good talented players and we believe it’s even better this time. The selectors will identify good tenanted players from this.
‘The franchise tournament globally picking up very fast now and a lot of tourists come from different destinations. LPL is just the beginning of the Sri Lankan Sporting Economy. “We will be working towards to have other sports in the guideline to bring them franchise level. This LPL itself doing with tremendous level and very sure this will grow year by year and thanks to the President and health authorities to allow spectators at this hard time. This is something we have needed the entire sporting family of the country,” said Minster.
SLC President Shammi Silva, CEO Ashley de Silva, Vice Presidents Dr. Jayantha Dharmadasa, and Ravin Wickramaratne who is also the Tournament Director graced this opening ceremony while renowned artists displayed with official LPL song which added more glamour to this occasion.