[caption id="attachment_731696" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/jos-buttler1.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-731696" alt="jos-buttler" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/jos-buttler1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Jos Buttler plays a shot during IPL 2018 (Getty Images)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>Sri Lanka's cricket authorities on Thursday shelved long-delayed plans for a Twenty20 competition akin to the massively lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), instead announcing a local tournament with no foreign players. <p></p> <p></p>With an eye on the billions of dollars and millions of viewers drawn to the IPL, the island nation launched its own premier league in 2012 but the competition was a flop, lasting just one edition. <p></p> <p></p>Sri Lanka Cricket had hoped to revive the tournament, modelled on the short-format competition that has lured international stars like England's Ben Stokes and the West Indies' Chris Gayle to India. <p></p> <p></p>But a board official said the plans had been scrapped and replaced by the Sri Lanka Cricket T20 League, which would feature exclusively local players. <p></p> <p></p>"There will be no foreign players, but our own international cricketers will play in the four teams that will take part," a board official told AFP. <p></p> <p></p>The new league will nurture emerging local talent by giving young players the opportunity to play alongside the island's best, the official said. <p></p> <p></p>The four teams will face each other twice in the tournament, which is slated to begin August 21.