A number of Sri Lanka’s national team cricketers will return to action next week in the 12-day-long PDC T10 league tournament.
The competition will feature eight domestic teams and will start on June 25 in Anuradhapura with matches streamed live and exclusively on the SportsTiger app.
SportsTiger was launched in February 2020 by Indian fantasy sports platform MyTeam11. Earlier this year, the firm acquired live streaming rights to the 2020 Pakistan Super League cricket tournament.
The Covid-19 pandemic has decimated Sri Lanka’s 2020 cricket season with two high-profile and financially lucrative international series cancelled as a result of the spread of the virus.
Last week India’s tour of the country, which was to include three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals in June and July, was postponed In March, England’s two-test tour of Sri Lanka was postponed at the last minute after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) recalled its players who were already in Sri Lanka, due to the expanding Covid-19 threat.
Sri Lanka Cricket has been forced into extending its global media-rights invitation to tender process, amid reports of concerns from bidders over the status of the series against India.
The tender, which also includes national team sponsorship rights for the three-year period up to 2023, was due to close on June 15, but the deadline has been extended to the end of the month.
The news marks the latest amendment to the rights auction, with SLC last month reported to be unsatisfied with the bids it received in response to a process which closed in February. Sri Lanka Cricket’s international media rights have historically been acquired by Indian broadcasters, with that market accounting for most of their value.