Sri Lanka Premier League news May 12, 2012

Indian players in SLPL a possibility - BCCI

ESPNcricinfo staff
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BCCI president N Srinivasan has said that Indian players could participate in the newly launched Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), if the hosts make such a proposal. The tournament will be held between August 10 and 31 this year at Colombo and Pallekele. Each of the seven provincial teams will be allowed a maximum of six overseas players in their squads and four in their playing XI.

"Last time around, there were specific reasons why the BCCI could not support the tournament," Srinivasan said. "And we informed the Sri Lankan board at that time.

"This time, if there are any proposals made, we will examine it. And we have to be satisfied that the doubts and problems we had last time will not continue."

Last year's event was scheduled to kick off on July 19, with the final to be played on August 6. The tournament hit its first hurdle when the BCCI decided to withhold its permission to allow Indian players to take part on the grounds that Somerset Entertainment Ventures, which owned the commercial rights, would be handling the contracts for international players and that it could lead to complications, should disputes arise over payments.

In order to assuage the BCCI, SLC was willing to back the Indian players' contracts so that their financial interests were protected, but that was not enough to satisfy the BCCI. The tournament had to be postponed.

Srinivasan chose not to comment on why the deal collapsed last year. The success of the Indian Premier League has led to the mushrooming of similar Twenty20 leagues in Bangladesh and Australia. However, Indian players have been absent from both.

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  • on May 15, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Indian cricketers are not Important to SLPL. there are so many cricketers available from other countries.

  • on May 14, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    BCCI should allow their top players in SLPL to help SL

  • fajju09876 on May 14, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    There would be a maximum of 42 players in the tournament .so BCCI could send 8 to 10 players to play SLPL.SLPL can also have a lot of zimbabwe and Associates players and few international stars

  • DingDong420 on May 13, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Arent India in SL for tests soon?

  • on May 13, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    This tournament format is getting dull. It's hardly going to grow domestic T20 stocks if 40% of the playing side is made up of internationals. Australia might not be the best T20 side, but at least we limit OS players to two, and make sure its our players who are the focus.

  • charith2017 on May 13, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    We do not need any Indian players in our SLPL,

  • CaptainKool on May 13, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Pak got CLT20 place, proposal for Indian players to play in SLPL and IPL teams to play Associates, Affiliates. What a great job BCCI!

  • on May 12, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    yes BCCI is been now a bit understanding these days, they have allowed a pakistani team in CL t-20 now allowing Indian players to SLPL is also a proof to this, neverthless this will benfit all the three boards and the countries ties.......good move

  • howardroark_fh on May 12, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    @jonathonjosephs no body cares about money?! really. haha

  • Bruisers on May 12, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    So maximum 6 overseas players per squad.. Hmm. That means there will be 42 (maximum) overseas players in the tournament. I don't think India needs to send all its top players though. Only some domestic players can be sent to improve their game.

  • on May 15, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Indian cricketers are not Important to SLPL. there are so many cricketers available from other countries.

  • on May 14, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    BCCI should allow their top players in SLPL to help SL

  • fajju09876 on May 14, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    There would be a maximum of 42 players in the tournament .so BCCI could send 8 to 10 players to play SLPL.SLPL can also have a lot of zimbabwe and Associates players and few international stars

  • DingDong420 on May 13, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Arent India in SL for tests soon?

  • on May 13, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    This tournament format is getting dull. It's hardly going to grow domestic T20 stocks if 40% of the playing side is made up of internationals. Australia might not be the best T20 side, but at least we limit OS players to two, and make sure its our players who are the focus.

  • charith2017 on May 13, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    We do not need any Indian players in our SLPL,

  • CaptainKool on May 13, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Pak got CLT20 place, proposal for Indian players to play in SLPL and IPL teams to play Associates, Affiliates. What a great job BCCI!

  • on May 12, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    yes BCCI is been now a bit understanding these days, they have allowed a pakistani team in CL t-20 now allowing Indian players to SLPL is also a proof to this, neverthless this will benfit all the three boards and the countries ties.......good move

  • howardroark_fh on May 12, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    @jonathonjosephs no body cares about money?! really. haha

  • Bruisers on May 12, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    So maximum 6 overseas players per squad.. Hmm. That means there will be 42 (maximum) overseas players in the tournament. I don't think India needs to send all its top players though. Only some domestic players can be sent to improve their game.

  • on May 12, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Hello!! There a India's Test tour of SL in the FTP in July August,won't be surprised if BCCI 'postpones' it!!!!!! :x

  • screamingeagle on May 12, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    @jonathonjosephs, too bad your board do not see it that way. they like the money too, you see.

  • on May 12, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    smart move by SLC & BCCI ... this is like chess ..!

  • on May 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Nobody besides some 100-200 million Indians (Based on TV Ratings) actually care about the IPL so what makes you think the SLPL will be successful in a country of a mere 20 million. Just look at the other T20 tournaments such as BPL, BBL, etc, they were only successful just like India in their own countries but the rest of the world such as me don't really care and the ratings are proof enough end of story :)))

  • on May 12, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    This legue could not be success because of the rain in sri lanka.most of matches wil defenetly wash out.then star players will not interestrd in this legue.

  • johnathonjosephs on May 12, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Don't let the Indians play this time. Their excuse last year was dumb, and now nobody cares about television rights/money, people are standing in line to get some T20 experience in Sri Lanka before they host the World Cup. Teach a lesson and stand up to the BCCI

  • rahulcricket007 on May 12, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    GOOD NEWS . I THINK INDIAN PLAYERS SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN IT . KEEPING IN MIND THAT T20 WC WILL BE IN SL IN SEPTEMBER . THIS LEAGUE WILL BE A GREAT PRACTICE FOR OVERSEAS PLAYERS .

  • bbumbum on May 12, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Why BCCI or any board should be involved in this?. If a player wants to play in a tournament, its his choice. I guess, they all are old enough to make a decision given their commitments and priorities. For example, I do not think every foreign country's local soccer body "approves" every European soccer league to let their countrymen play there.

  • joynal693 on May 12, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Yes without the Indians SLPL will not survive due to commercial reason. Wish it will take place by overcoming all the obstacles in due time. This is happening very right time before World T20. So, None of the board will disallow their players to participate. Good luck & wish some of the BD super star will play there.

  • on May 12, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    smart from BCCI to let indian players play SLPL .... would be useful for practice before world T20 3 weeks later

  • Aman_blues on May 12, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    yhh itz a ryt idea coz t20 world cup is jz aftr da tournment so players will get used to the conditions

  • gunnerr4life on May 12, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    I knew this .. BCCI is only allowing this to happen so that they can send indian players to get some practice on srilankan wickets before t20 WC .... I can bet that this would be the first and the last season of slpl !

  • on May 12, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Excellent,it'd get better hope players of other countries too will give a definite participation.But I won't be surprised if any of these players laughing looking at their team names:)

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  • on May 12, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Excellent,it'd get better hope players of other countries too will give a definite participation.But I won't be surprised if any of these players laughing looking at their team names:)

  • gunnerr4life on May 12, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    I knew this .. BCCI is only allowing this to happen so that they can send indian players to get some practice on srilankan wickets before t20 WC .... I can bet that this would be the first and the last season of slpl !

  • Aman_blues on May 12, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    yhh itz a ryt idea coz t20 world cup is jz aftr da tournment so players will get used to the conditions

  • on May 12, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    smart from BCCI to let indian players play SLPL .... would be useful for practice before world T20 3 weeks later

  • joynal693 on May 12, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Yes without the Indians SLPL will not survive due to commercial reason. Wish it will take place by overcoming all the obstacles in due time. This is happening very right time before World T20. So, None of the board will disallow their players to participate. Good luck & wish some of the BD super star will play there.

  • bbumbum on May 12, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Why BCCI or any board should be involved in this?. If a player wants to play in a tournament, its his choice. I guess, they all are old enough to make a decision given their commitments and priorities. For example, I do not think every foreign country's local soccer body "approves" every European soccer league to let their countrymen play there.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 12, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    GOOD NEWS . I THINK INDIAN PLAYERS SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN IT . KEEPING IN MIND THAT T20 WC WILL BE IN SL IN SEPTEMBER . THIS LEAGUE WILL BE A GREAT PRACTICE FOR OVERSEAS PLAYERS .

  • johnathonjosephs on May 12, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Don't let the Indians play this time. Their excuse last year was dumb, and now nobody cares about television rights/money, people are standing in line to get some T20 experience in Sri Lanka before they host the World Cup. Teach a lesson and stand up to the BCCI

  • on May 12, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    This legue could not be success because of the rain in sri lanka.most of matches wil defenetly wash out.then star players will not interestrd in this legue.

  • on May 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Nobody besides some 100-200 million Indians (Based on TV Ratings) actually care about the IPL so what makes you think the SLPL will be successful in a country of a mere 20 million. Just look at the other T20 tournaments such as BPL, BBL, etc, they were only successful just like India in their own countries but the rest of the world such as me don't really care and the ratings are proof enough end of story :)))