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LPL's Dambulla franchise nears new ownership amid arrest of co-owner

The LPL is scheduled to run from July 1 to July 21, with matches taking place in Pallekele, Dambulla, and Colombo

LPL's Dambulla franchise nears new ownership amid arrest of co-owner PHOTO: AFP

The Lanka Premier League (LPL) is on the verge of confirming new ownership for the Dambulla franchise, following the arrest of Dambulla Thunders' co-owner, Tamim Rahman. 

This development comes as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and the IPG group, organizers of the tournament terminated the Thunders franchise under Sri Lanka's Prevention of Offences Related to Sports Act.

Despite the upheaval, IPG has assured that the LPL will proceed as scheduled, with a full lineup of matches featuring five teams. The tournament is set to commence in just over five weeks.

The recent player auction conducted by SLC saw Dambulla Thunders finalizing their team roster. Should new owners step in, they are expected to inherit this roster alongside other teams that have already completed their player selections.

The history of the LPL has been marked by changes in franchise ownership, with Dambulla's next owner becoming the franchise's fifth in as many years. Previously known as Dambulla Aura, Dambulla Giants, and Dambulla Viiking, the franchise has seen a series of transitions.

In a statement, IPG emphasized its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of integrity throughout the tournament, reassuring players, fans, and stakeholders about the league's credibility and adherence to the spirit of cricket.

"IPG has always upheld the highest standards of propriety and integrity as the Event Rights Partner of the Lanka Premier League," IPG said in the same statement. 

"Our dedication to maintaining these standards remains unwavering. We assure all players, fans, and stakeholders that the league's integrity and the spirit of cricket will be preserved throughout the tournament."

The LPL is scheduled to run from July 1 to July 21, with matches taking place in Pallekele, Dambulla, and Colombo.