Colombo Kings topped the league, profitable six of their eight video games, and but lost the Lanka Premier League semi-final to a group that had suffered six defeats within the match. Maybe understandably, they really feel aggrieved on the match’s format.
On the day after their match exit, Kings captain Angelo Mathews mentioned that though the LPL has been an overwhelmingly constructive expertise total, the league would have been higher off if it had ditched the normal semi-final system, and utilised an IPL-style playoff construction. As per the IPL’s guidelines, the 2 league-toppers have probably two makes an attempt to make the ultimate, whereas groups ranked No. 3 and 4 have a harder path to the trophy.
“After doing so effectively – profitable six out of the eight matches, after which having one dangerous day and having to go residence – it is actually disappointing,” Mathews informed ESPNcricinfo. “While you high the desk, it’s best to get one other go, like with an IPL-style playoffs. The best way issues are, groups will know that in the event that they win two or three video games, they will qualify for the semi-final. Then there isn’t any motive for them to maintain going and preserve the depth up. That should not be the case. I am positive the organisers will look into it subsequent yr.”
Mathews had expressed a choice for a playoffs system even earlier than Sunday’s semi-final, and Dambulla Viiking captain Dasun Shanaka had echoed that sentiment. Viiking completed second on the desk.
“Not solely us, everyone seems to be of the view that if you’re taking part in eight league video games, there needs to be some benefit to topping the desk,” Mathews mentioned. “There needs to be some cushioning.
“Nonetheless, it was a terrific match, and we must always thank everybody who made it occur, together with the federal government, the forces and the medical groups. Every thing went easily.”
With a number of largely unknown Sri Lanka cricketers having shone on the match, Mathews spoke of the LPL as a studying expertise for a lot of.
“It was a terrific match, and we discovered some uncooked abilities coming by means of. I am actually blissful that guys acquired the chance to play with the likes of Andre Russell and Shoaib Malik. Our group had so many youthful gamers they usually have been lucky sufficient to share the dressing room with Russell. They informed me personally that it was a improbable expertise. Bowling within the nets to Russell, I might see the blokes making an attempt to work out how greatest they might bowl at him, and likewise face him.
“I am glad we have been capable of lock in international gamers like Russell, Laurie Evans, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Qais Ahmad and all these guys. They have been improbable. Even yesterday they mentioned it was a terrific alternative for them as effectively. Sri Lankans are welcoming, so that they felt all of the love and affection. They gave their greatest and performed their hearts out. They put their ideas on the desk and shared their expertise.”