First-class club cricket tournament to resume

2020-08-10 at 07:20

The domestic first-class club cricket tournament will resume today after it was suspended in March following the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.

Sri Lanka Cricket said steps have been taken to safely re-start the premier tournament and it will run until the 27th of August.

This will be the first cricket tournament to be played in the country after the suspension of all cricketing events in March due to the COVID-19 crisis.

SLC said all measures are in place to follow health and safety guidelines issued by the Ministries of Health and Sports when staging the tournament.

The International Cricket Council has also been notified over the matter.

Several guidelines have been issued to players to be followed on the field, in dressing rooms and outside of stadiums.

The First-Class Tier 1 tournament was suspended on the 16th of March when Sri Lanka reported several COVID-19 cases.

The Colombo Cricket Colombo topped the ‘A’ category while the Chilaw Marians led the B category of the points table when the tournament was suspended.

Accordingly, CCC, NCC, Colts, Sri Lanka Army, Saracens, BRC and the Ragama Sports Club have qualified for the Super 8 stage of the first-class tournament.

SLC in a statement said with the recommencement of the tournament, CCC will take on Ragama in Katunayake, Colts will take on Saracens at the P Sara Oval, Sri Lanka Army will take on NCC at the CCC grounds while BRC will take on Chilaw Marianas at the NCC grounds today.