The seven franchises, which are owned by Indian companies, players, officials, media crew, event partners and other support staff are set to occupy more than 7,000 hotel rooms during the period, Sri Lanka Cricket said. Hotel room nights, would generate about a billion dollars in revenue, it said.
“This will provide a significant boost for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry and shall also give the country an additional influx of foreign exchange,” the governing body said Thursday.
The governing body is expected to earn three-million dollars, the players about 1.5 million dollars, officials around 500,000 dollars, during the 15-day tournament. Even former players, coaches and part-time staff of Sri Lanka Cricket have been drafted as mentors, coaches and brand ambassadors with the seven franchises.The tournament, which features 42 international players from seven countries, will be broadcasted worldwide through ESPN STAR Sports. Sri Lanka’s Carlton Sports Network has secured the local broadcasting rights. The premier league will also be streamed live on SLPL’s youtube channel
West Indies all-rounder Chris Gayle, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, Misbah Ul Haq are among the international stars lined up to play against Sri Lankan icons like Mahela Jayawardene, Muttiah Muraliatharan, Lasith Malinga, Tilakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews.
The SLPL Franchise owners
Wayamba – Wadhawan Holdings Private Limited – 5.02 million dollars
Kandurata - Number One Sports Consulting Private Limited - 4.98 million dollars
Ruhuna - Pearl Overseas Limited – 4.6 million dollars
Uva -- Success Sports Private Limited – 4.6 million dollars
Basnahira -Indian Cricket Dunde Limited -4.33 million dollars
Uthura - Rudra Sports Private Limited – 3.4 million dollars
Nagenahira - Varun Beverages Lanka Private Limited – 3.22 million dollars