Sri Lanka’s T20 league has been postponed indefinitely with the country’s cricket governing body remaining in turmoil.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed the indefinite postponements of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) which was slated to get underway next month while new dates for the competition will be announced only after a new governing body has been elected.
The SLC is being managed by an interim management body appointed by Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapha ever since Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal suspended elections for the board in May this year.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that the LPL (T20) has been postponed indefinitely, until an elected body is constituted at the SLC,” a statement from the interim board read.
The drama at the board started after former SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga argued that outgoing president Thilanga Sumathipala was unsuitable for re-election due to his alleged links to gambling.
Sumathipala was pitted against Nishantha’s elder brother and former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga before his validity was challenged. The Ranatunga brothers contend that ICC regulations forbid Sumathipala form holding office due to his alleged links to gambling, a claim the former SLC president has denied while acknowledging his family’s ties to the business.
The Lanka Premier League had kicked off in 2012 before coming to a stall due to organisational issues and lack of sponsors. It was supposed to be relaunched this year as a six-team affair.
Root’s 113 steered England to an 86-run victory at Lord’s on Saturday as Trevor Bayliss’ men squared the three-match series.
India’s limp response of 236 all out in their full 50-over allocation handed England a comfortable win that had appeared at best in the balance at the interval.
David Willey fired a vital unbeaten 50, with captain Eoin Morgan adding 53 as England retained their status as the world’s top-ranked ODI side.
“The pitch was always going to deteriorate quite quickly,” said Root.
“That ruthless side of the ODI team really came out today. And we’re seeing it more and more.
“Hopefully we can back that up and finish the series off now.
“David came in and took a lot of pressure off me, to help us turn in what was at least a par score, so it was a fabulous effort from him.”
Root had faced just three deliveries from Kuldeep Yadav before today, with England struggling previously to decipher the 23-year-old’s left-arm wrist spin.
Kuldeep stunned England with his match-winning six for 25 at Trent Bridge on Thursday, but come the weekend in London the hosts felt they had a better handle on his approach, even though he still claimed three wickets.
“Ultimately you’ve just got to trust your game and trust your technique; I felt I was picking him OK,” said Root.
“It was more about spending time out there and trusting the way I go about things.
“I feel I’ve got a solid approach against spin bowling.
“Having a few overs under my belt today gave me quite a lot of confidence.
“It’s just one of those things, when you don’t spend the time you might like out there on occasions and it happens a few times you’ve got to make sure you stay strong and trust what’s served you so well for such a long time.
“It was a chance to pick as many cues up as possible throughout this innings, to make sure I don’t get caught cold in Leeds.
“On a turning surface it’s important to make sure you feel you’re playing it in the right manner and working things out.”
Relieved to have posted his first ODI century since March, Root added: “I’m just desperate to contribute to us winning games of cricket.
“Thankfully I managed to follow through here. I thought we were quite smart in getting to what we thought was a good total; we didn’t go too hard too early.”
India were left to rue a curiously subdued innings from veteran MS Dhoni, who laboured to 37 off 59 balls and was booed by sections of the Lord’s crowd.
The tourists skipper Virat Kohli defended Dhoni however, insisting India still believe in their high-profile wicketkeeper batsman.
“This comes up again and again when he is not able to play in the normal way he does,” Kohli told Sky Sports.
“It’s very unfortunate people just jump to conclusions very quickly.
“When he does well people call him the best finisher ever and when they don’t go well they all pounce on him. We all have bad days in cricket and today was a bad one for everyone, not just him.
“Other people jump to conclusions but we don’t, we totally believe in him.”
The hosts resumed on 19 for one, looking to build on their overnight lead of 224, but were skittled for 129 as Shakib Al Hasan took six for 33 and Roston Chase top-scored with only 32.
But Bangladesh, chasing an unlikely 335 in a low-scoring game, lost opener Tamim Iqbal in the third over and slid to 67 for four before a stand of 54 between captain Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim offered some hope.
Holder removed Mushfiqur and Nurul Hasan in successive balls and when Shakib was dismissed for 54, it spelled the end.
Holder took the final two wickets to finish with career-best figures of six for 59 in the innings and 11 for 103 in the match.