Sri Lanka unveils new domestic cricket structure

Updated: Nov 03, 2012, 15:28 PM IST

Colombo: After weeks of protests and deliberations, Sri Lanka Cricket and its premier clubs have structured a new formula for its domestic first-class games, SLC said on Saturday.

The new premier tournament involving three-day games will be the only first-class event in the island.

There will be a four-day final between the top teams of respective tiers.

The new format was struck after clubs protested vehemently against a move to restrict the tournament to just 10 teams.

The new domestic structure will come in to effect from the current season with a phased out implementation of the structure.

It is aimed at bridging the gap between international cricket and domestic cricket. In the new format the Tier A/B clubs will be amalgamated with a total of 20 teams participating.

The 20 teams will be divided into two groups according to the points earned in the preceding year`s tournament.

The top teams from each group will play the final.

There will be a relegation for the three bottom teams from each group, who will play in the tournament for emerging teams, which would be also a three-day event.