Due to Sri Lanka’s escalating economic situation, the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2022 has been postponed with immediate effect, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on July 17, Sunday. The dates for it were August 1 to August 22.
The SLC said that the choice was made following a request from the organization in charge of the Lanka Premier League rights, Innovative Production Group FZE (IPG), who claimed that the current status of the economy did not lend itself to the event.
The SLC said in a statement, “this decision was taken by the SLC, following a request made by the Innovative Production Group FZE (IPG), the Rights Holder of the Lanka Premier League, which cited the current ‘economic situation,’ in the country, as not conducive to hosting the tournament.”
Just before the demonstrators came, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former president of Sri Lanka, left his home. According to The Hindu, Rajapaksa is presently under military protection in a “secure” location, according to a senior source who asked to remain anonymous.
Rajapaksa’s resignation, according to political scientist Jayadeva Uyangoda, was a significant win for the political fight and a result of direct action by the public.
Conducting the Lanka Premier League under present circumstances isn’t a possibility for Sri Lanka Cricket
Uyangoda said, “that is a major victory for the political struggle, as even political parties have found it very difficult to dislodge the Rajapaksas. This is an outcome of citizens’ direct action, and outside the political party domain.”
“Only a bloody revolution might have achieved this in other contexts. People should be allowed to elect a new parliament that can change the Constitution to abolish the Presidential system and restore democracy. That is the most important priority.”
According to Uyangoda, there is no assurance that a transitional or freshly elected administration would be able to quickly fix the country’s economic problems.
He used the historical circumstances in Greece, Italy, Argentina, Zambia, and Lebanon as an example. Before things become stable once more, he warned Sri Lanka must prepare for a time of political turmoil.