NEW DELHI Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) India has acquired exclusive pay television and IPTV broadcast rights of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, and Maldives and non-exclusive Free-to-air (FTA) rights for the same countries, excluding Sri Lanka, Sony announced on Friday.
Five franchisee teams, named after Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Dambulla and Jaffna, will compete in the LPL, which is scheduled to be played between November 26 and December 16 at Mahinda Rajapaksha International Cricket Stadium (MRIC) in Hambantota. In all, 23 matches will be played over 15 day period. Colombo will take on Kandy in the opening match and the final will be played on December 16. Participating players include former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, former Pakistani captains Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, and Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews. IANS