Sri Lanka news June 24, 2011

BCCI reiterates decision to stay away from SLPL

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The BCCI has refused to change its stance on preventing Indian players from taking part in the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) despite Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) offering bank guarantees to safeguard the Indian players' contracts. The two boards held a telephone conference on Thursday to discuss the issue, but were unable to come to an agreement. SLC, however, is expected to go ahead with the tournament as scheduled without the Indian players.

The BCCI had withheld its permission on the grounds that Somerset Entertainment Ventures, the company owning the commercial rights for the SLPL, would be handling the contracts for international players and that could lead to complications should disputes arise over payments. In order to assuage the Indian board, SLC were willing to back the Indian players' contracts so that their financial interests were protected, but that was not enough to satisfy the BCCI.

The BCCI's decision means the tournament will not have a broadcaster for the lucrative Indian market, a situation that makes it much more difficult for the SLPL to find a secure financial footing.

"It is their decision and we cannot force them to change their position," Sri Lanka's sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told Daily News & Analysis. "We knew that India was not going to change its stand. That was the reason why we did not go to India. We made an attempt to convince them, but the BCCI told us that it cannot reverse its stand. They seem to have some apprehensions over the tournament."

The minister also told the Times of India that Lalit Modi was the reason the BCCI did not want to be part of the tournament. "The Indian board told us they couldn't send their players for SLPL because they felt Modi is involved in this event. The BCCI also said that Modi is the third party and is working behind the scenes."

The BCCI's stand is contrary to that of the Australian, South African, New Zealand and Pakistan boards, which have all extended their support to the tournament. Tim May, the chief executive of Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), also backed the event. In a statement, May said that the association had negotiated the terms and conditions of SLPL player contracts with Somerset.

"FICA approved the final form of the player contract in January 2011," the statement read. "FICA's approval of the player contracts was communicated to all player associations in January. I am very surprised to see reports from the Indian media, that BCCI do not believe that players should sign the player contracts - that is certainly not the opinion of FICA or our legal advisors, and it is our charter to protect all players and to ensure that player contracts for events around the world are in acceptable form to protect player interests."

May also said he had a letter from SLC confirming that the event is an official SLC tournament and is fully sanctioned by the ICC. Daniel Vettori, Kevin O'Brien, Shahid Afridi, Kieron Pollard and David Warner are some of the international players expected to take part. The winner of the tournament is still expected to play in the Champions League Twenty20 in September.

SLC consistently denied the SLPL is a private-party organised tournament, saying it is owned and approved by SLC - and so, automatically, by the ICC. It said that Singapore-based Somerset Ventures only owns the commercial rights to the tournament. It also denied that Modi has anything to do with the event.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • WTEH on June 25, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Sri Lankan players, make sure you remember this. If they want to play hard we know how to reply!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 25, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    we, indians pay the money for everything with our big audience and real cricket fans.. Naturally we will rule... be a part of ipl and enjoy.. dont try new ideas of different premier league and get into financial trouble..

  • knan on June 25, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    The game has reached a stage where the lucrative television advertising is what rakes in the moolah. While the Indian TV audience is still attracted towards the game , the same is probably not happening in other countries or at least not happening in sufficient numbers. This is something that is not going to change overnight, and till it happens BCCI will rule the roost. Other options would be for the paying public in other countries to pay exorbitant amounts and watch the match at the stadium or for the players to accept a pittance and play. Fall in IPL viewership this year is probably due to the WC that preceded it and is most likely to pick up next year.

  • on June 25, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    Straight way allow players to make decision... and i think there is no harm in allowing players of 2nd option... The nationally important players should be restricted...

  • Sageleaf on June 25, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Well all I can say is India after 4 IPL seasons have not found any young cricketers for the future. Thanks to overseas players IPL is going ok for the moment. They play in their grounds and some of the young players doing bit ok. But in the recent concluded ODI series against West Indies was an example of India not having any young talent for the future. If not for senior batting line up India will have so many issues. But soon the will face reality and may be England tour might be an eye opener. No matter how you cut it India were just lucky to have won the world cup which I feel Sri Lanka gave it away. The rating for IPL is gone down tremendously too since it started four years ago.

  • denwarlo70 on June 25, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Forget the Indian players and go ahead with the planned SLPL. Who cares if India does not watch it or Indian players do not take part? Most of the international players are taking part except for the POMS and wonder why? Does the SLPL clash with the English cricket calender? Anyways, we should learn to show the middle finger to the BCCI as and when necessary and as one had said above, there will come a time when Indian cricket will be in the doldrums and then when the begging tin is stretched forward, we should be in a position to remind them of the past. Retribution comes and it comes very slowly BCCI if you did not know it. All the best SLPL and I as a proud Lankan, I look forward to it.

  • manjithakumara on June 25, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    I think INDIA has now lost support of their two neighbors, PAKISTAN AND SRI LANKA. They have had lost the support of ENADLAND, AUSTRALIA, WI earlier. Also NZ is not fond of BCCI either. So voting descsions will almost all the time will be against India. That means UDRS voting will surely go against India, which is great !!!

    Now only two left BDESH and SA. Let's see how long India can control other nations.

  • on June 25, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    What happens when Sri Lanka and Australia and any other board that has been picked on by BCCI starts to ban their own players from playing in the IPL tournaments?Market value will go down as they are replaced by no name domestic Indian players.BCCI is making enemies quicker than it can buy bullets;my fear is that this kind of stuff will unite the world of cricket as never before because the rest of the world will despise the BCCI.Here's hoping someone sensible like Anil Kumble can take charge;for many years Don Bradman was in charge of what is now Cricket Australia so the precedent is there for a former great to take over.

  • Jim1207 on June 25, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    johnathonjosephs, So what is going to be a problem if India does not win any T20 game now? Do you say that because you do not have any other point to pull as India are ODI world champions now and no.1 in test cricket? If India have not won this world cup, you would have cited that as an example now. Alas, better luck next time.

  • Jim1207 on June 25, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    ranga_s, BCCI only sings contracts for IPL. Where does a franchise approach a player directly in IPL? BCCI only co-oridnates every signing of a player and during auction also, it only contracts the players to each franchise as they bid. Franchise do not have any right to approach a player, the reason why likes Manish Pandey got fined. Even Chris Gayle cannot be retained by RCB next IPL without bidding again. What it means is BCCI has the whole handle of all player signings in IPL. I don't understand what you are saying, even you don't understand what you are saying.

  • WTEH on June 25, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Sri Lankan players, make sure you remember this. If they want to play hard we know how to reply!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 25, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    we, indians pay the money for everything with our big audience and real cricket fans.. Naturally we will rule... be a part of ipl and enjoy.. dont try new ideas of different premier league and get into financial trouble..

  • knan on June 25, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    The game has reached a stage where the lucrative television advertising is what rakes in the moolah. While the Indian TV audience is still attracted towards the game , the same is probably not happening in other countries or at least not happening in sufficient numbers. This is something that is not going to change overnight, and till it happens BCCI will rule the roost. Other options would be for the paying public in other countries to pay exorbitant amounts and watch the match at the stadium or for the players to accept a pittance and play. Fall in IPL viewership this year is probably due to the WC that preceded it and is most likely to pick up next year.

  • on June 25, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    Straight way allow players to make decision... and i think there is no harm in allowing players of 2nd option... The nationally important players should be restricted...

  • Sageleaf on June 25, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    Well all I can say is India after 4 IPL seasons have not found any young cricketers for the future. Thanks to overseas players IPL is going ok for the moment. They play in their grounds and some of the young players doing bit ok. But in the recent concluded ODI series against West Indies was an example of India not having any young talent for the future. If not for senior batting line up India will have so many issues. But soon the will face reality and may be England tour might be an eye opener. No matter how you cut it India were just lucky to have won the world cup which I feel Sri Lanka gave it away. The rating for IPL is gone down tremendously too since it started four years ago.

  • denwarlo70 on June 25, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Forget the Indian players and go ahead with the planned SLPL. Who cares if India does not watch it or Indian players do not take part? Most of the international players are taking part except for the POMS and wonder why? Does the SLPL clash with the English cricket calender? Anyways, we should learn to show the middle finger to the BCCI as and when necessary and as one had said above, there will come a time when Indian cricket will be in the doldrums and then when the begging tin is stretched forward, we should be in a position to remind them of the past. Retribution comes and it comes very slowly BCCI if you did not know it. All the best SLPL and I as a proud Lankan, I look forward to it.

  • manjithakumara on June 25, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    I think INDIA has now lost support of their two neighbors, PAKISTAN AND SRI LANKA. They have had lost the support of ENADLAND, AUSTRALIA, WI earlier. Also NZ is not fond of BCCI either. So voting descsions will almost all the time will be against India. That means UDRS voting will surely go against India, which is great !!!

    Now only two left BDESH and SA. Let's see how long India can control other nations.

  • on June 25, 2011, 4:20 GMT

    What happens when Sri Lanka and Australia and any other board that has been picked on by BCCI starts to ban their own players from playing in the IPL tournaments?Market value will go down as they are replaced by no name domestic Indian players.BCCI is making enemies quicker than it can buy bullets;my fear is that this kind of stuff will unite the world of cricket as never before because the rest of the world will despise the BCCI.Here's hoping someone sensible like Anil Kumble can take charge;for many years Don Bradman was in charge of what is now Cricket Australia so the precedent is there for a former great to take over.

  • Jim1207 on June 25, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    johnathonjosephs, So what is going to be a problem if India does not win any T20 game now? Do you say that because you do not have any other point to pull as India are ODI world champions now and no.1 in test cricket? If India have not won this world cup, you would have cited that as an example now. Alas, better luck next time.

  • Jim1207 on June 25, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    ranga_s, BCCI only sings contracts for IPL. Where does a franchise approach a player directly in IPL? BCCI only co-oridnates every signing of a player and during auction also, it only contracts the players to each franchise as they bid. Franchise do not have any right to approach a player, the reason why likes Manish Pandey got fined. Even Chris Gayle cannot be retained by RCB next IPL without bidding again. What it means is BCCI has the whole handle of all player signings in IPL. I don't understand what you are saying, even you don't understand what you are saying.

  • on June 25, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    they dont want competition..Period

  • CricFan78 on June 25, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Really whats point in playing SLPL? Indian players are not going to play in SLPL nor in Big Bash. One T20 league is enough for them , some of you just need to stop whining

  • johnathonjosephs on June 24, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    Interesting to see the effect IPL has had on India. After IPL was introduced, India has not even won a single game in the World T20's after the preliminary rounds. However, their Test and ODI performances have skyrocketed Lanka trying to emulate and chase the Indians? They do have some quality greats playing that don't play in IPL (Gibbs, Jayasuriya, Vaas, Murali, Afridi, etc). Many Indians are laughing this off as not being a television/financial success, but I do not think that is a goal. Goal is to expose youngsters (many youngsters are talented but are not fit for international arena) to these greats

  • ranga_s on June 24, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    @Jim1207: At no point BCCI sign contracts with players....BCCI owns the tournament and franchises take part in it...Franchises take part in it buy paying an amount to BCCI...it's basically like bidding for a market stall and obtaining one...player contracts are offered by respective franchises....thats y franchises approach players....Do not cover up simple truth by going around the same thing.....SLPL is far simpler than IPL.... It's not that any league needs certain players to survive.....IPL will survive without SL, Pak, Bang, Eng, WI so on and so forth...but it's not the tournament it used to be....IPL will become a flop not because of foriegn players stay out....but because it's increasingly becoming unpopular and boring.....SLPL is may not have a lot....but it got the biggest plus IPL doesnt have....it's fast...it's short and doesn't make the life hell for spectators...

  • adi_das on June 24, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    This is just wrong. As an Indian, I feel bad to see the achievements of Indian team totally getting sidetracked by the antics of its board regarding matters such as DRS, SLPL etc. Moreover, Indian players and indeed the India nation are getting badmouthed everywhere, which we don't deserve. I really hope sane people like Kumble and Prasad who've been recently elected to KSCA, climb the ladders of administration quickly and head the BCCI soon so that sanity will prevail.

  • chunnie on June 24, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    The BCCI continues to flaunt its perceived power in World Cricket. How long will this last?

  • on June 24, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    First of all ICC should be informed regarding any kind of leagues organised by the member nations. Then ICC should announce their status before cricket board announce. So, everybody will get idea about the league.

  • vishwanath.sreeraman on June 24, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    yet another step towards self-destruction...not to worry...BCCI in its current 'i am am the only super power that can be' will not last for long...market forces will take care of that...hard to see the 'cordial' relationships that BCCI currently enjoys with CSA, ECB, and CA last for too long... will be fun to watch india/BCCI slowly antagonize one board after another until it remains the only frog in its own stinking well.....

    hopefully the next generation of BCCI leaders will be more humble and sensible...but with so many politicians involved in BCCI, even that looks unlikely....

  • ms.arjun on June 24, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    If these are emergence of private leagues continue to grow, the players would never have time to play for the country. Even God Sachin opted to rest for WI tour, while he played a long 2-month IPL. Injuries carried affect. So why not drop all national cricket, and bring a soccer culture from Europe. Private tournaments could make intensive research, find passionate players even from associate and non cricket playing nations, sign and trade the best from all over the world. And when there are those 3 ICC world tournaments, you can form a national team from the large pool. That way culture could mix, people could mix, and for damn sure, cricket will take a step closer to its global acceptance as sport.

  • Shan.z on June 24, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    well non of SL player should play in IPL as well then. Let the BCCI know how it is. Everyone should ignore them...thats too much..

  • NP_NY on June 24, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Personally, as an Indian fan, I don't like what BCCI is doing here. The only people who have any kind of power over BCCI are the Indian cricket audience, so the only way to bring down the BCCI arrogance is to boycott the matches and the sponsors, but I know my fellow Indian fans are too weak-minded to do that. Having said that, I also don't understand the hypocrisy of SL cricket fans who are commenting here. If you are that upset with India in general (and not just the BCCI) why do you need the Indian cricketers in the SLPL? Because you know SLC needs the money that the Indian cricketers and fans bring. You can't have it both ways guys. It's not like the BCCI is forcing you to stop the SLPL, so I don't see what all the fuss is about.

  • sehwaguparcut on June 24, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    It seems like the SLPL is a proxy fight between Lalit Modi and the BCCI

  • Jim1207 on June 24, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    ranga_s, BCCI only gives contracts for IPL. This is the reason a public auction takes place. Even for uncapped player, every franchise needs to work with BCCI to get a player through contract. Without knowing the concept, we should not speak. Everyone who rebukes BCCI, please understand Indian players need not play in one more T20 tournament outside, there are Gayles, Pollards, O'Briens to do that. someone is asking whether the game is run by ICC or BCCI - BCCI has to decide on what its players would do, not ICC. Someone else says SL players need to boycott IPL - IPL does not need sri lankan players to run successfully. All the Indians who feel sorry for BCCI even if they do good, I do not have anything to say but feel sorry for them.

  • on June 24, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    lol BCCI will do anything to kill the competitors of IPL

  • yorkslanka on June 24, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    this was an uneeded tournament, the indian players not taking part shouldnt stop the tournament going ahead but i personally dont see the need for this tournament... as for the bcci, they are just being childish over the sl players leaving the ipl early and everyone knows it...the way they are behaving with leave them with few allies in world cricket soon...

  • on June 24, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    SL Should bring Chinese Players. They should ignore Indians.

  • ranga_s on June 24, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Couple of statements I saw suggested that since FICA discussed the contracts with Somerset Venture BCCI is correct. Have to say totally ridiculous....BCCI doesn't offer contracts to players in IPL ...the franchises dose....8 IPL franchises are individual and only 2 have some involvement with BCCI....Thats even worse looking at what BCCI says.....atleast SLC hold responsibility for the teams that play and the tournament is totally belongs to the SLC itself....as the marketing agent for SLC with regards to the tournament Somerset has every right to work on contracts and offer them to players on behalf of SLC....SLPL may not be lucrative as IPL but mark my words it'll be much awaited and loved by spectators for the simple reason that it's quick short tournament..it's not boring as IPL.....before long boards will get together and BCCI will beg on knees irrespective of the money they have....U can rule a world...but if there are no citizens u are just a Donkey in a bareland...which BCCI is.

  • Prats6 on June 24, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    The situation is, SLC wants to cash in on the Indian broadcasters and not necessarily the SL audience, that's why they are in a sticky situation. If BCCI truly feels that its a private set up (a la Stanford 20 20) then they are correct in refusing permission while if they are doing it for anything else, then I really dont subscribe to it.

  • yorkshire-86 on June 24, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Why should a Sri Lankan domestic tournament be affected by a foriegn county not letting its players sign for them? Surely thats better for Sri Lanka, as it will mean more Sri Lankans will be playing....

  • KingOwl on June 24, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    So, is Modi really behind this? Very interesting.

  • shaantanu on June 24, 2011, 13:38 GMT

    What I dont get is if Indian players dont participate why cant SLPL still go on.However I just hope this SLPL does not take place anyways.Too much of T20.I even hope IPL is scrapped too.Didnt watch it this time.

  • Z.Saleem on June 24, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    BCCI is hungover with all the power it has.....and they don't want SLC to held the SLPL as they think that might dim the attractiveness of IPL! This is the only reason.....they can't stand any other Board doing what they are doing!

  • Immypower on June 24, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    I would love to hear sanjay 'sell out' manjrekar's views on this, i am sure he can justify it somehow, lol. The BCCI is all about control, they have destroyed the reputation of their greatest all rounder Kapil Dev out of spite and care only for their own financial interests. They care not for indians or non-indians, just themselves and the money the bring in for themselves, its corruption in it's most polluted form...'Dr.thirsty' you are a legend

  • veeezel on June 24, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    i hope there will come a day India will have no one to play with then they can use there influnce and power to bring people in to fill up their stadiums.

  • on June 24, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    I really hope that our players will remember this....

  • on June 24, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Who is running the affairs of World Cricket? Is it ICC or BCCI. All the other control bodies around the world should get together and work against the dictatorship of BCCI. They have to tell BCCI that either they accept DRS or suspend them from ICC. With regard to this issue, any country should have the liberty to do whatever they think is right. SLC should not allow any of their players to play in the IPL next year.

  • on June 24, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    i think bcci stance is correct bcz srilanka is trying to make money from india rather than earning it through cricketing interest in there own country.....they will charge indian broadcasters a hefty amount bcz there will be atleast 6 indian sports channels fighting for broadcasting rights if indian players take part....n also the league will be played when indian team is already on tour....so they dont want to loose any indian audience to SLPL

  • achi82000 on June 24, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    I think we should stop supporting BCCI unless this bunch of officials leave the office.Modi was the real pillar behind the IPL .We all can see how pathetic IPL had become without him.And already England ,Aus,Pak and WI is not in favor of IPL.If we stop sending players this would become another tri nation tournament in between Ind,SA,NZ.

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on June 24, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    BCCI should stay close to Sri lanka , as they have always supported us , But plzz dont even stay in contact of PCB , they are rubbish. We dont want a series with them , for which they are begging to BCCI.

  • Baltimoreboy777 on June 24, 2011, 11:55 GMT

    As we all know bcci is very wealthy and that's why they're being arrogant but it's very bad relations with neighbor countries (Pak & SL). I hope they get to realize that in the future. Long live Pak-SL :)

  • loveNpeace on June 24, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    sad to see BCCI acting like this. they knows that they are more powerful than icc. i see should act like they have a back born then all this unfair decisions will come to an end. ICC should go to its roots again and forget about the money and should give the main concern to the game. people who love the game will stay with game and others will find a another way.

  • WPDDESILVA on June 24, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    India is the best world stage to play cricket and fans, media, support are over demanding. What's the point having a tournament in SL - People are not bothered to watch like the Indians. I don't think we'll fill stadiums after stadiums. Also too much T20 now anyway. Sick of it!!

  • Jim1207 on June 24, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    you can see how many people do not understand anything and just criticize BCCI like brain-washed people, wanting to find fault where there is none too.

  • on June 24, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    @tugandia "with great power comes great responsibility" - uncle Ben in Spiderman

  • Suman_Sapasetti on June 24, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    BCCI for its own interests (Modi Fear) ... is not allowing Indian players to play in SLPL ... BCCI is not working in interests of Indian Crikcet ... but for its own interests ...

  • myrperera on June 24, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    wow great 2 now where bcci stand....... slc and sri lankan players must remember diz

  • on June 24, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    why does SPL needs india so much why cant tournament go one without our players it is good in a way we already have IPL and send players to SPL and create more of a t20 fashion for younsters and younger generation to follow but the reason i is wrong

  • cricketcrazzychick on June 24, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    why is the BCCI always trying to bring disgrace to their nation like the PCB? when SLC has always been supporting the IPL..BCCI should go ahead and do their part.

  • Main_Culprit on June 24, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    BCCI is forgetting that it's just ONE of many cricket playing countries... and trying to play GOD... You might have to watch your back from now on...

  • on June 24, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    There is more to it than meets the eye. If SLC is the owner why are commercial rights with Somerset Ventures? What is the benefit SLC derives from such an ownership? I am not a fan of BCCI but in this case they seem to have a reason to be apprehensive?

    "We knew that India was not going to change its stand. That was the reason why we did not go to India." Sri Lankan sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told Daily News & Analysis.

    If they had arrived at that conclusion why teh sham of talking to BCCI except to make BCCI seem the culprit? Looks like a tall poppy syndrome affecting other Boards...

  • Ellis on June 24, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    What goes around, comes around. SLC should remember that it was quite willing to insist that SL players renege on their contracts with the IPL. So now, why is their contractual obligation to the Indian players worth anything? A further issue is that SLC is broke and with no TV sponsor the financial stability of the tournament is in question.It can be argued that BCCI is being heavy handed. However, if you live by the sword, you die by the sword. IPL, SLPL etc., are businesses with cricket as the product. Integrity and contractual certainty are prime ingredients for success. Hopefully, SLC has learned some lessons here, but that could be a forlorn hope.

  • on June 24, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    the change in behaviour of BCCI is just because the SLC did not support BCCI in case of rotation policy... full biased BCCI. SLC should realised that making deals with BCCI always make them loss because BCCI dont want any board to be powerful than them.

  • on June 24, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    Do we really want another T20 tournament? At this rate soon Cricket no longer will be a sport between countries, but a full time sport between T20 cricket clubs. This will be another nail in the coffin of test cricket.

    Hope it fails.

  • hattima on June 24, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Completely agree with kalpakal. If the Indian cricketers are so apprehensive about UDRS, they do not need to use it. Why deny others the opportunity? And this decision to stop Indian cricketers to play in the SLPL is ludicrous. It's good that the Indian government is bringing BCCI to the book, and asking them to cough up the taxes they have evaded successfully so far.

  • Gielie01 on June 24, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    I am glad someone is questioning the ball tracking techology. We live is a society which seems to have blind faith in "science". The media, the public and mostr of the ICC seems to have been swept along in this wave.

    I suggest the techology is investigated a bit more before any decision is made. Can those who support that particular piece of technology proev its accuracy? I think not, because it is probably impossible to do so.

    May I add, the more important underlying issue is the power of the BCCI in relation to other ICC members. To my mind that is the only rational reason for outvoting them on this issue.

  • World-Champs-TEAM-INDIA on June 24, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Bad decision , really bad . We should mentain good relations with our neighbours , as an indian fan i am dissapointed. But hey dont compare pakistan with sri lanka , BCCI's decision against PCB is very right, thats a different thing all together.

  • on June 24, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    listen BCCI never opposes UDRS system if hot spot and snicko to be mandatory in UDRS

  • Baundele on June 24, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    BCCI is protecting their business IPL. BCCI will ultimately surrender to ECB and CA as they are losing support from the Asian block.

  • on June 24, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    What is wrong with Indian cricket board???? No to everything!!!!

  • dr.thirsty on June 24, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    So the BCCI are caught in a lie yet again. First they won't accept DRS without hotspot. England offer hotspot & suddenly it's not about that after all. Bluff called. Now it's about respecting the onfield umpires' decision, tradition and the spirit of the game. Then in the very next Test, their captain publicly slags off the umpires and a player is fined for dissent. Bluff called. Then they say that they are 'protecting' grown men from 'dodgy' contracts. SLC say they will guarantee the money, even stick it in the bank. Suddenly it's not about that. Bluff called. Meanwhile players are still awaiting payment from CLT20, in which BCCI is the prime mover. Ironic no? They couldn't tell the truth if their lives depended on it. Many comments in these pages ask why everyone hates the BCCI. For everyone outside India, it's a no-brainer. For those inside India, look up Hubris. Can't wait for Nemesis to turn up

  • on June 24, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    With great power comes great stupidity...with every step BCCI take they make world cricket fans against them...wat a pity

  • rohanblue on June 24, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    what the hell is BCCI doing, they r creating problems into everything, it feels realy disgusting as an indian fan, these bcci jokers giving indian cricket a bad name.........

  • on June 24, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    i m indian i want to see indian players in SLPL why you not BCCI dont forget that there r lot of great cricketer in the world excluding indian ......Plz yar karne do naa

  • Quazar on June 24, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It's a pity the BCCI doesn't believe in this principle. A less well-off cricket community like SL (or the WI) could use more help from the BCCI. Anyway, to be fair to the BCCI, I think they'll probably help SLC by agreeing to more India-SL matches (as we've been having for the last 3 years).

  • Nimesh_De_Mel on June 24, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    well i think it worked out well for SL cricket. Cos i don't think the big name indian player will play SLPL for the money. instead of getting a 2nd grade set of indian players Sl can use more domestic players. there are few good international players and with the SL crickets joining them will be good for the domestic players

    i wish they started this 5 years ago.... afridi and sanath walking in to the middle would have been so awsome

  • anoopshameed on June 24, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    @D.V.C. I am not a great fan of BCCI, but what exactly is Somerset's role in a tournament that is said to be owned by Sri Lankan Cricket Board-why do they get to negotiate terms of contract with FICA? Why can't the SLC themselves sign the contract with player and avoid bringing a third party into the equation. And I don't think BCCI is worried that their players might not get paid-but they could be worried that they may loose some of their youngster should a ICL like scenario arise! In such a case, the SLC's gaurantee won't be worth the paper it's signed on simply because it's going to take some years sorting the thing out in court and the players may loose some years of their career. SLC should handle the contracts themselves to avoid such a situation and it will be beneficial for the players from all nations who are taking part.

  • on June 24, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    now this shows what the bcci is really about, they just cant face competition thats it.

  • RAJMUDIRAJ on June 24, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Lalit modi hes nothing to do in slpl.even if he has, bcci's hesitation to send its players is not acceptable.this ll definitely make other nations think about ipl and would certainly raise their unwillingness to send their players.

  • jani.nilay on June 24, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    On many occasions in the past too, the BCCI has acted ridiculously unreasonable. Unlike popular Indian belief, I like arrogant behavior to an extent. But this is stretching it, even for me. I am afraid by giving such stupid excuses as "security of money for Indian payers" they have shown their own insecurity. They are trying to do what they had done with ICL and it may succeed too. But in the long run it won't. I feel it is a strategical blunder for tactical victory.

  • Penny71 on June 24, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    What goes around comes around. I wonder how many SL players will be in IPL next year. BCCI has a real attitude problem, as always

  • Joji_ on June 24, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    Lolz, another shining example of hippocratic behavior of BCCI !! Give cricket a break ! Its soo painful to see my beloved game going down in flames. Its not the same anymore.

  • on June 24, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Wow. Sri Lanka Cricket really get kicked around by the BCCI

  • correctcall on June 24, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    SLC should remember this decision when it comes to the UDRS vote in Hong Kong next week.

  • tungadia on June 24, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    Why most of people are against stand of BCCI. BCCI is not responsible in making any other country or board financial secure or safeguard their players in any ways. They are responsible to their own nation and players only and without any doubt they have done that superbly in recent years. BCCI has already arranged / agreed for more tours to srilanka in last 3 to 4 years and that helped lankan board to meet their finance. Earning of Indian player is in millions only bco'z of BCCI. Not only indian but they have financially secured many other foreign players as well which their board were unable. second thing, why lankan board acted smart after agreeing to allow their players to stay till last leg of IPL and later forced BCCI to request them. BCCI is rich only bco'z of Indian market and people who are crazy for cricket and not bco'z of ICC or any other board. They have earned this themselves.

  • maddy20 on June 24, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Very bad on the part of BCCI. A really shameful decision. I hope they change their mind -An Indian Cricket fan.

  • D.V.C. on June 24, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    For those using the May quote as proof that the BCCI's position is the right one: The SLC have said they will guarantee the payments of Indian players. That doesn't mean they just promise it is all good. Guarantee is a technical term meaning they will be legally bound to pay the Indian players if anything happens and Somerset can't/doesn't/won't pay.

  • SHAHILLL on June 24, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    BCCI should their power positively , World knows that BCCI is very richest board and that's reason why so far , they have been dominating on world cricket. Time can be changed at anytime and it would be directly effected on IPL which are now becoming very popular for Every Cricket Fan. If Wasim Akram can be Coach for KKR , If Pakistani Hockey Team Travel in india and Played Then why not Pakistan Cricketer is away from IPL... Look Now, Turned to Srilankan Board ... BCCI Must reconsider SLPL and Send Indian Player to Srilanka If it will not done then I'm sure that Next IPL , There would be no Srilankan Cricketer.....How it would be rubbish If two biggest Asian Giant Player will not participate. IPL Future would be sure to uncertain interest if still one or two country board would be stood out for SLPL. We can understand to establishment such like IPL would be tough but believe me, It's not Impossible if UAE Sponership will be involved for Pakistani Player... WE love CRICKET ! THAT'S IT

  • Roar911 on June 24, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    oh well.... 12 more opportunities for windies, pakis... it wil be awesome if they give more chance to afghan, uae and many other associate nations to bring out hidden talent... high time to prove that there is more to cricket than cheerleaders, annoying sirens, and celebs!

  • vivekjagan on June 24, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    bcci must respect other nations,..even aus,nz have accepted wats der for bcci... not good for indian cricket in future srilankans may not play ipl. already they denied pakistanis..not mainitaining good relation with neighbouring countries may not affect now,in future bcci ll realise

  • wisdom350 on June 24, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    forget about BCCI.the SLPL doesnt need them.............. LONG LIVE PAKISTAN.....................................

  • on June 24, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    I am glad that fellow Indians also admit the fact that this decision is ridiculous. Sri Lanka has always stood by the BCCI and also looked up to it. SLC has supported the BCCI at all times, but for the BCCI to come to this sort of decision just to make sure the IPL stands firm, is taking it to a very un-gentlemanly level. There is absolutely no chance the SLPL will be able to even come as close to the IPL. Its just another domestic series with a twist in it. So I really don't understand why all this fuss is about!

  • kalpakal on June 24, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    SLCB should not allow sri lankan payers to participate in IPL....and ICC should make madatory UDRS system...if not india does not want to use it..dont use it...but allow other team use it..as a example if WI want to use UDRS in next test, allow them to use it...just simple as that...India try use their power over ICC decisions..

  • on June 24, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    So indian thinks they can play cricket without other nations. lets wait and see. how the so called rich BCCI run without international cricket.

  • Karthik_CricketFan on June 24, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    BCCI must really put an end to maintaining bossism in Cricket. Cricket is for all players of all countries. BCCI should not prevent our players from playing whatever tournament they like. will BCCI accept it if none of the foriegn players take part in IPL just because their cricket board does not permit them?

  • wambling_future on June 24, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Even if BCCI allows it's players to participate, still big names will be missing from this league. They will be in England this summer so really I don't know how much SL gain out of this. Only second string players will participate and that neither guarantees a TV broadcaster nor much interest in Indian public considering that even IPL ratings took a deep plunge even though it had all the big names. So why don't they just go ahead with the series anyway and make it a event for Sri Lankan public initially.

  • flyingmachinee on June 24, 2011, 6:32 GMT

    Bcci has taken the rite decision................

  • cricpolitics on June 24, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Let BCCI ride the wave, it's their time but if they are thinking that their current position and clout is going to remain the same forever then they must think again.

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 24, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    why no england players in SLPLand why no talk about it? If there is no indian players,there are still payers from other countries are participating.so it should not be a prob for srilankan cricket board.

  • cricpolitics on June 24, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    No one but Cricket is a loser again. This game is dying by the day. None of today's teams rival the teams and greats of the past.

  • dftrtl on June 24, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    I do not know in which way financially means for Srilank Cricket Board, but from the cricket fans point of view,it is really a good decision. Otherwise it was encouraging every cricket board to start their own T20 Leagues and it will be like domestic T20 cricket tournaments happening all over world at same time. T20 has to be entertainment than puzzle to track which player is where. Most of the time sport is followed to follow their favorites, if fan gets confused to support whom then he stops watching cricket.. Hope I will watch cricket for another 10 years

  • SLfan on June 24, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Well....BCCI, you are exposed again to the whole world...! Go ahead..Good luck !!!

  • GayaOnline on June 24, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    I hope there will be something on FTP for the March/April months next year for SL.As most of the SL i don't want to see our players in IPL anymore.And bring on more Pakistani,Bangladesh,Kiwi and Australians in to SLPL and let BCCI know everything is OK without them!

  • on June 24, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    all cricket board must boycott bcci......else today its srilanka.. may b tomorrow its aus or sa or eng............so for sake of cricket avoid monopoly.......

  • Black_Rider on June 24, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    I am happy because SLC is going to hold the event despite the absence of Indians.I just wanted to see our players.I think it is a good opportunity for the guys like Chandimal,Banuka,Charith,Pradeep,shaminda Eranga,Dimuth and etc...Let's find a good back up team guys.......

  • on June 24, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    we must not allow our player to talke part in IPL.. SELFISH BCCI

  • anoopshameed on June 24, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    "May said that the association had negotiated the terms and conditions SLPL player contracts with Somerset"-well if the player contracts are with Sri Lankan Cricket Board why do they have to negotiate it with Somerset Media?

  • sudhakar027 on June 24, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    So its seems tat indian players wil not be available 4 slpl!!!!!!!! Hope the event goes well n entertain the spectators..........

  • Prats6 on June 24, 2011, 5:46 GMT

    Nothing new, BCCI does not want any competition to IPL and would do anything and come with any logic to validate its position. The only thing SLC can do is to bar its players from playing in IPL. Yes, Indians playing in the league would have kindled some TV viewership interest but nothing that they can do now.

  • Sobat on June 24, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Sumerset Ventures was registerd as a company just after getting the contract to organized the tournament. and Who is Modi?????? and Who Sri Lanka cricket? all this 3 parties are jokers of the era. im a Sri Lanken but no Sri Lanken trust any of above. Sri Lanken cricket is distroying the future of sri lanken cricket. and what organizing power they do have ???

  • anver777 on June 24, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Best thing at this juncture is just ignore the Ind players & go ahead with the SLPL..... in future SLCB should think twice before sending SL players for IPLs..... I wish SLPL all success !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 24, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Well personally the highest paid amount is USD$30000 ie approx RS 15lac i mean this is an insult look at praveen kumar who gets $850000 in IPL munaf 550000 ashwin gets 850000 pathan gets 1900000 every one gets more than 500000 whats the use of playing on same sub-continent tracks if it was SA of AUS it would have been considered as pitches would give exposure but SL surely not u may never know rain gods might not allow tournament

  • srinu494 on June 24, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    "In a statement on FICA's website released today, May said that the association had negotiated the terms and conditions SLPL player contracts with Somerset." this statement proves the bcci stance that d contracts are given by private party not the slc.

  • rustyryan on June 24, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    BCCI should learn something from its very own players lik VVS , SRT, Dravid. Ego and Arrogance would take it to the bottom of the world, i'm afraid.

  • vivekjagan on June 24, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    BCCI must learn to give respect to other nations..if australia newzealand who r more concerned with security and issues like that are sending their players what s d concern for india who s neighbouring country.. not good to act like this in bcci s part..

  • on June 24, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    This is just lame. Their intentions are crystal clear. They are just afraid that SLPL might become bigger than IPL.

  • on June 24, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    BCCI is killing cricket in India...this is one of the steps towards that..

  • cricexpt on June 24, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Ridiculous! Decision from BCCI. Good job from other boards to support SPL and in the same way the other boards and ICC should come forward and implement the UDRS system into place and make it MANDATORY.

  • quark on June 24, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    This is nothing but BCCI's sense of insecurity and monopoly around the IPL. It's something similar to what they did with the ICL, and without Indian players, the tourney may die a premature death.

  • raza1234 on June 24, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Cheap step taken by the BCCI. Their minds are on the sky but nevertheless I'm sure we will soon witness the fall of Indian cricket, then they will be begging to take their players in the other leagues like this. I'm waiting anxiously, i know you too :D

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 24, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    oh man,every other article is about BCCI,come on write something else.whats wrong if SLPL go ahead without indian players..There are many other countries also participating,and the tournament is short and will be good.By the way there are no England players ,but no hue and cry.

  • General_Public on June 24, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Thats a very regrettable stance by the BCCI.

  • Meety on June 24, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    I'm so sorry for the SLC. If the BCCI had said "Sorry the tournament conflicts with a tour" or "Sorry we are managing player workload to avoid burn out." I'd have said fair enough. As they haven't said this, and actually used the Modi/payment security cards, I'm afraid that they are completely exposed as being in the business of self interest. How ridiculous for the BCCI to say that Modi is working behind the scenes, I suppose Modi has commercial rights to Hot Spot & Snicko too! The BCCI are basically calling the SLC a pack of liars! -- -- -- -- If the SLC had of said "How about you take 50% of revenue streams?" The BCCI would of then said "Here, you can have SRT & the whole gang!" LOL!

  • GayaOnline on June 24, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    I hope there will be something on FTP for the March/April months next year for SL.As most of the SL i don't want to see our players in IPL anymore.And bring on more Pakistani,Bangladesh,Kiwi and Australians in to SLPL and let BCCI know everything is OK without them!

  • on June 24, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    It is too bad decision by the BCCI. They don't want to development of other cricket boards. They want control world cricket.

  • Provenance on June 24, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    With power comes responsibility....I am not against BCCI getting powerful because for ages ECB & Aussie boards have been the de-facto power centers. But then, BCCI needs to show responsibility with the power that it has achieved (rightly or wrongly: this is debatable)...I am really sorry to see this....(From an avid Indian cricket Fan)

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  • Provenance on June 24, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    With power comes responsibility....I am not against BCCI getting powerful because for ages ECB & Aussie boards have been the de-facto power centers. But then, BCCI needs to show responsibility with the power that it has achieved (rightly or wrongly: this is debatable)...I am really sorry to see this....(From an avid Indian cricket Fan)

  • on June 24, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    It is too bad decision by the BCCI. They don't want to development of other cricket boards. They want control world cricket.

  • GayaOnline on June 24, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    I hope there will be something on FTP for the March/April months next year for SL.As most of the SL i don't want to see our players in IPL anymore.And bring on more Pakistani,Bangladesh,Kiwi and Australians in to SLPL and let BCCI know everything is OK without them!

  • Meety on June 24, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    I'm so sorry for the SLC. If the BCCI had said "Sorry the tournament conflicts with a tour" or "Sorry we are managing player workload to avoid burn out." I'd have said fair enough. As they haven't said this, and actually used the Modi/payment security cards, I'm afraid that they are completely exposed as being in the business of self interest. How ridiculous for the BCCI to say that Modi is working behind the scenes, I suppose Modi has commercial rights to Hot Spot & Snicko too! The BCCI are basically calling the SLC a pack of liars! -- -- -- -- If the SLC had of said "How about you take 50% of revenue streams?" The BCCI would of then said "Here, you can have SRT & the whole gang!" LOL!

  • General_Public on June 24, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Thats a very regrettable stance by the BCCI.

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 24, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    oh man,every other article is about BCCI,come on write something else.whats wrong if SLPL go ahead without indian players..There are many other countries also participating,and the tournament is short and will be good.By the way there are no England players ,but no hue and cry.

  • raza1234 on June 24, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Cheap step taken by the BCCI. Their minds are on the sky but nevertheless I'm sure we will soon witness the fall of Indian cricket, then they will be begging to take their players in the other leagues like this. I'm waiting anxiously, i know you too :D

  • quark on June 24, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    This is nothing but BCCI's sense of insecurity and monopoly around the IPL. It's something similar to what they did with the ICL, and without Indian players, the tourney may die a premature death.

  • cricexpt on June 24, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Ridiculous! Decision from BCCI. Good job from other boards to support SPL and in the same way the other boards and ICC should come forward and implement the UDRS system into place and make it MANDATORY.

  • on June 24, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    BCCI is killing cricket in India...this is one of the steps towards that..