Sri Lanka news July 11, 2011

SLC officially postpones Sri Lanka Premier League

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka Cricket has officially announced the postponement of the Sri Lanka Premier League to 2012, citing a lack of time to organise the tournament in the absence of Indian players as the main reason.

"Attempts to obtain the release of the Indian players were unsuccessful, causing a delay in the naming of the final composition of the SLPL teams which then had an impact on making related arrangements in an effective and timely manner," SLC said in a statement. "Therefore, SLC and the SLPL committee find that there is insufficient time to arrange a tournament of this magnitude this year, within the available window."

The Inter Provincial T20 tournament will be held in place of the SLPL, as ESPNcricinfo had first reported on July 7. The winner of that tournament will qualify for the Champions League T20 to be played in September.

The SLPL would have featured seven teams and 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 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, the SLC interim committee that had created the tournament was dissolved earlier this month by the sports ministry and a new panel was appointed in its place.

The Inter Provincial T20 tournament will begin on July 21, two days after the SLPL was scheduled to start, and end on July 31.

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  • Sakthi on July 14, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Cheap and Lame excuse by SLC for its own failures

  • Manesh on July 14, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    @Ali Sidd ...soooo desperate ...ha ha should respect at least ur

  • Ali on July 12, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    @ Vijin V Gopal: Did you have the same stand ,"I believe they hav the right to giv permission or not to their players" ,when sl interim committee asked their top players to return home from IPL to attend a training camp??Let's face it mate..In this case neither parties are innocent.But it's time for both boards to stop being stubborn and start working together for the betterment of both countries.

  • RAGHURAM on July 12, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    I don't see anything wrong in BCCI trying to be the Big Brother.... Earlier it was England/Australia combine which ruled the cricketing world... now it is India. Everyone knows that the world is round..... If any other country or group of countries have the will-power / financial clout, they can very well upstage India.... IT IS RIGHTLY SAID "EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY"...

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    @ali sidd ,pahan22: what exactly did BCCI do?? Well I believe they hav the right to giv permission or not to their players...Its their problm..

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Srilanka really needs BCCI supports also their financial support. whithout BCCI they can't do anything, what they will pay for overseas players PAAN+PARUPPU?

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    @ali sidd-: without selecting other countries teams india still no 1 n d world there is no need..

  • pahan on July 12, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    actually we dont need an ICC or for that matter any other cricket board cause BCCI is trying running everything...its high time for all the other countries to get united and to fight against india n BCCI..

  • Ali on July 12, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    @Ali Sidd: Blimey mate...why so touchy???I'm a well wisher of sl cricket,just like the BCCI.Lankan fans should NOT forget how BCCI helped them in various incidents such as getting test status,the Murali saga playing in SL when some others avoided citing security issues and so on.

  • sachit on July 12, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    @Sachin - have no idea, waiting for SLC to release the dates. And hoping the local broadcaster for SLPL, Carlton Sports Network, will telecast the whole IPT20, and that games are played outside of colombo so that more crowds will be there.

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