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Sri Lanka Premier League postponed to 2012

Tariq Engineer

July 7, 2011

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Mahela Jayawardene goes for a big hit during his 91, Ruhuna v Wayamba, Sri Lanka Cricket Inter-Provincial Twenty20 Tournament, final, Moratuwa, March 7, 2010
This year, the SLC will stage its regular inter-provincial T20 tournament with five domestic sides and no foreign players © Manoj Ridimahaliyadda
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The Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) has been postponed to August 2012 after facing a series of problems, including the unexpected withdrawal of Indian players from the tournament. In its place Sri Lanka Cricket, the league's owners, will conduct the regular inter-provincial Twenty20 tournament featuring five domestic sides without involving foreign players.

An official announcement is awaited, though two South African players linked with the tournament - Herschelle Gibbs and Davy Jacobs - told this website that they had been informed of the one-year deferral.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the decision to postpone the league - which was scheduled to start on July 19 - was taken on Thursday at a meeting between the SLC's new committee and Somerset Entertainment Ventures, the league's organisers. Given the BCCI's decision not to let Indian players participate and the time crunch, both parties felt it prudent to delay the launch. A four-week window in August 2012 was identified as the best time for the tournament; meanwhile the SLC will continue to lobby the BCCI for Indian participation.

The BCCI had withheld its permission on the grounds that Somerset, which owned the commercial rights, 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 was willing to back the Indian players' contracts so that their financial interests were protected, but that was not enough to satisfy the BCCI. There have been suggestions that former IPL chairman Lalit Modi had a hand in the event, but SLC and Somerset have repeatedly denied the allegation, as has Modi.

The BCCI's decision meant the tournament did not have a broadcaster for the lucrative Indian market, a situation that made it much more difficult for the SLPL to find a secure financial footing. Adding to the sense of confusion was last week's dissolution of the SLC committee that had created the tournament, and its replacement by a new panel.

The Indian board's stand - which marked a U-turn of sorts after an initial green signal - was contrary to that of the boards of Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Pakistan, all of whom extended their support to the tournament. Tim May, the chief executive of Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), had also backed the event.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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Posted by maddy20 on (July 9, 2011, 21:51 GMT)

China? Dang! Next thing you know they will be talking about Antarctica, Scandinavia, Greenland etc., coming into cricket! God these guys are hilarious!

Posted by reality_checker on (July 9, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

@Chathura Lakmal ....yes, you know what they should do!....stand in the sideline and clap for India...haha

Posted by sweetspot on (July 9, 2011, 6:48 GMT)

Cricket IS picking up in China. Guess who they are going to ask for help in organizing the sport in their country? (Hint: If you want to make a car, would you ask the Japanese or the Sudanese?)

Posted by sweetspot on (July 9, 2011, 6:46 GMT)

SL cricket board - you can do one better than BCCI if you get a totally new show going. Offer insane money, like $1bil for the winners, $1mil for each man of the match, not just cheerleaders, but body massages for the players on the sidelines from mermaids, some ogres from Lord of the Rings, some stuntmen from James Bond movies, and projection on IMAX screens worldwide. How about even cowboys shooting each other in the dugout? Now sell this idea to broadcasters and see if they bite. Stop cribbing about the BCCI because this is you vs. Indian TV audience, nothing else.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (July 8, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

China into cricket., hahaha, Cricinfo forum is becoming hilarious day by day by some disappointed fans they dont know what to do with their own cricket boards failures and asking china to come to cricket. Its like asking SLC to host a WC without any help from other countries.

Posted by KTiwari on (July 8, 2011, 16:15 GMT)

Even if China becomes popular then what..? Are they fool through their money to support Pak cricket or anyone else's cricket. They are poweful enough in other areas and are they supporting others for free....??

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (July 8, 2011, 16:14 GMT)

@Naveed85 : Until then you will continue begging India ?

Posted by mogan707 on (July 8, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

The one thing I have to say about the postponement is because of lack of transparency.Who is the owner of official broadcaster of Carlton Sports Network? What is the organisational structure of Somerset Entertainment Ventures Ltd?Who are their stake holders?What is Visakha Industries Ltd doing in Carlton Sports Limited? Is this the case of similarity between Mauritius investments in IPL?All these are needed to be answered before SLpL becomes a fullfledged most transparent and popular tournament in the world of cricket.

Posted by mogan707 on (July 8, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

The one thing I have to say about the postponement is because of lack of transparency.Who is the owner of official broadcaster of

Carlton Sports Network? What is the organisational structure of Somerset Entertainment Ventures Ltd?Who are their stake

holders?What is Visakha Industries Ltd doing in Carlton Sports Limited? Is this the case of similarity between Mauritius investments

in IPL?All these are needed to be answered before SLpL becomes a fullfledged most transparent and popular tournament in the

world of cricket.

Posted by indiawillwin1234 on (July 8, 2011, 15:19 GMT)

BCCI should protect its money cow IPL by all means. Poaching piece meal by creating minor leagues to get money from Indian broadcasters is not what BCCI will allow and all other boards should know that by now. Too much money is invested in IPL and too much at stake for Indian cricket system. Only way out is to join forces with IPL and not going against it. Each of Asian teams can request IPL to create two teams for their country, and everyone know it is not free (ready to invest $ 1/4 billion per team?).

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