A fourth different start date for the second running of the Lanka Premier League has been confirmed by tournament organisers, who have also announced a full fixture list and a new format for the 2021 season.
The competition will now run between December 5 - a day later than previously proposed - and December 23, with a reserve day in place for the final.
A playoff phase involving the top four sides from the five-team group phase has also been introduced.
As per other major global franchise competitions, the top two will face-off in Qualifier 1, with the winner progressing directly to the final and lose heading to Qualifier 2.
They will then face the winning of the Eliminator (3rd vs 4th in the group) to complete the line-up for the final.
Jaffna Stallions won the inaugural edition in 2020
Previously, the best four sides would be placed into two semi-finals to determine the final line-up.
All 20 group matches will be played at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo.
The last four matches including the final will be staged at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota.
Jaffna Kings (renamed from Stallions after a change in ownership) will kick off the competition on day one against Galle Gladiators.
The player draft is scheduled for October 29, with Cricwiresuggesting as many as 677 players from across the world have declared an interest.
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