LPL – Lanka Premier League 2021

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The Lanka Premier League 2021 (LPL 2021) is the annual edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL)Twenty20 franchise in Sri Lanka that’s scheduled to go live from 5th to 23rd December 2021. Initially, the plan to increase the number of teams from five to six were on the cards, but the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed that five teams will participate in the 2nd edition of the tournament.

Charit Senanayake was appointed as Chair of the 2021 LPL Technical Committee for the 2021 Lankan Premier League in June, 2021. The SLC agreed to suspend the Colombo Kings and Dambulla Viking teams later that month due to financial problems. The committee also confirmed that the two teams will be replaced by two new franchise teams. The following month, the SLC also ended the Jaffna Stallions franchise.

A slurry of changes have been incoming as part of the latest season of the LPL 2021. The tournament was originally scheduled to take place between 30th July and 22nd August 2021. On 9th July 2021, it was postponed from 19th November to 12th December, 2021 due to a shortage of foreign players.

In September, 2021, Dambulla Vikings changed its name to Dambulla Giants following a change of ownership. Later that month, Jaffna Stallions also changed its name to Jaffna Kings. In October 2021, the Kandy Tuskers were renamed as the Kandy Warriors after being announced under its new owners.

LPL 2021 Venue

All of the matches of the LPL 2021 will be played between two stadiums:

  • Premadasa Stadium in Colombo- biggest in the country- capacity 35,000,      and
  • Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota – built-in 2011- also capacity 35,000.

Team list for LPL 2021

Five teams will be participating in this edition of Lanka Premier League 2021:

  • Jaffna Kings
  • Galle Gladiators
  • Colombo Stars
  • Dambulla Giants
  • Kandy Warriors

Player list for LPL 2021

Kandy Warriors  Jaffna Kings    Galle Gladiators  Dambula Giants  Colombo Stars 
Rovman Powell Faf du Plessis Mohamad Hafiz Imran Tahir Chris Gayle
Charit Asalanka Thisara Perera Isuru Udana Dasun Shanaka Dushmanta Chameera
Cameron Delport Wahab Riaz Tabraiz Shamsi Chamika Karunaratne Ahmed Shehzad
Lahiru Kumara Vanindu Hasaranga Kusal Mendis Josh Little Dilshan Munavira
Mohammad Mithun Shoaib Malik Mohammad Amir Mudita Lakshan Mohammad Irfan
Nazmul Islam Apu Usman Shinwari Samit Patel Ramesh Mendis Al Amin Hossein
Mehedi Hassan Rana Rahmanula Gurbaz Sarfaraz Ahmed Najibullah Mendis Tashkin Ahmed
Angelo Perera Aviska Fernando Danushka Gunathilaka Sachita Jayatilake Lakshan Sandakan
Asela Gunaratne Upul Tharanga Bhanuka Rajapaksa Janit Liyanage Sekuge Prasanna
Shashika Dulshan Chaturanga de Silva Dhananjaya Lakshan Chamikara Edirisinghe Nalin Priyadarshana
Kalhara Senaratna Jaden Mahahela Anuaran Pullina Najalayah Tajiallah Salagadu Nuvanidu Fernando

Angelo Matthews, Kusal Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dinesh Chandimal, and Dananjaya de Silva were ruled out in the  LPL 2021 drafts.

Schedule of Matches for LPL 2021

Schedule of matches in LPL 2021 Matches in LPL 2021 Venue
Dec 5th, Sunday Galle Gladiators vs. Jaffna Kings

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Dec 6th, Monday Dambulla Giants vs. Kandy Warriors

15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT

 

Colombo Stars vs. Galle Gladiators

 

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

 

 

 

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

Dec 7th, Tuesday Jaffna Kings vs. Dambulla Giants

15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT

 

 

 

Kandy Warriors vs. Galle Gladiators

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

 

 

 

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

Dec 8th, Wednesday Colombo Stars vs. Dambulla Giants

 

15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT

 

 

Kandy Warriors vs. Jaffna Kings

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

 

 

 

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

Dec 10th, Friday Dambulla Giants vs. Galle Gladiators

 

15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT

 

Jaffna Kings vs Colombo Stars

 

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

 

 

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

Dec 11th, Saturday Galle Gladiators vs. Kandy Warriors

 

15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT

 

Colombo Stars vs Dambulla Giants

 

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

 

 

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

Dec 12th, Sunday Jaffna Kings vs Kandy Warriors

 

15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT

 

Galle Gladiators vs Colombo Stars

 

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

 

 

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

Dec 13th, Monday Galle Gladiators vs. Dambulla Giants

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Dec 14th, Tuesday Kandy Warriors vs. Colombo Stars

 

15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT

 

Dambulla Giants vs. Jaffna Kings

 

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

 

 

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

Dec 16th, Thursday Colombo Stars vs. Jaffna Kings

 

15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT

 

Kandy Warriors vs. Dambulla Giants

 

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

 

 

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

Dec 17th, Friday Jaffna Kings vs. Galle Gladiators

15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT

 

 

 

Colombo Stars vs Kandy Warrior

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

 

 

 

R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

 

Dec 20th, Monday TBC vs TBC

Eliminator of LPL 2021

15:00 IST / 09:30 GMT

 

 

 

TBC vs TBC

Qualifier 1 of LPL 2021

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota

 

 

 

 

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota

 

Dec 21st, Tuesday TBC vs TBC

Qualifier 2 of LPL 2021

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
Dec 23rd, Thursday TBC vs TBC

Final of LPL 2021

19:30 IST / 14:00 GMT

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota

 

Players to Watch Out for in LPL 2021

  • Vanindu Hasaranga ( Jaffna Kings) – Leading wicket-taker( LPL 2020) and Man of the Tournament( LPL 2020).
  • Danushka Gunathilaka( Galle Gladiators)- Leading Run-scorer( LPL 2020).
  • Chris Gayle ( Colombo Stars)
  • Faf du Plessis ( Jaffna Kings)
  • Imran Tahir ( Dambulla Giants)
  • Dhananjaya Lakshan( Galle Gladiators) – Emerging Player of the Tournament (LPL 2020).

Going back to its previous edition, here’s how the series turned out last year. Let’s check out its highlights below.

LPL 2020 Stats and Schedule

In the Lanka Premier League 2020 group stage, each team played eight matches. The first four teams advanced to the playoffs. The 2020 edition of the Lanka Premier League Final was a Twenty20 cricket match which was played between Galle Gladiators and Jaffna Stallions on December 16th, 2020, at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota, Sri Lanka.

Galle Gladiators earned the title of champions of  LPL 2020. Shoaib Malik was named Player of the Match for all his hard work on the night.

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