MUMBAI: Asian Television Network International Limited (ATN),
Canada's Largest South Asian broadcaster, has said it has
secured the exclusive Canadian broadcast rights for the Sri
Lanka Premier League for a period of seven years for all forms
inaugural edition of the Sri Lankan premier league, which
went underway on 11 August, will run till 31 August in Sri
Lanka. The tournament features seven provincial teams at two
venues: R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and the Pallekele International
Stadium in Kandy.
new league features some of the best national and international
players, including Tilakaratane Dilshan, Kumar Sangakara,
Sanath Jayasuria, Muttiah Muralitharan, & Mahela Jayawardene
from Sri Lanka; Chris Gayle & Shivnaraine Chanderpaul
from West Indies; Shahid Afridi & Misbah Ul Haq from Pakistan;
Tim Southee & Nathan McCullum from New Zealand; Albie
Morkal from South Africa; and Dirk Nannes from Australia.
will be a total of 24 matches including two semifinals and
a final. The seven teams participating in the league are Nagenahira
Nagas, Ruhuna Rhinos, Basnahira Bears, Kandurata Kites, Uthura
Oryxes, Wayamba Wolves & Uva Unicorns.
is an exciting new opportunity to see top talent in premier
league play. We are delighted to be able to bring this new
league to Canadian fans," said ATN's President and CEO
Dr. Shan Chandrasekar.
the Sri Lanka Cricket board auctioned the seven teams for
over $30 million and all seven franchises were bought by Indian
Business Enterprises. Some of the franchise owners include
Wadhawan Holdings Private Limited, Number One Sports Consulting,
Pearl Overseas Limited, Success Sports Private Limited and
Indian Cricket Dundee Limited.
Star Sports holds the multi-platform rights for the SLPL in