Sri Lanka Premier League 2012 July 5, 2012

Sri Lanka name 56 foreign players for SLPL

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Sri Lanka Cricket has named 56 foreign players who will play in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League. There are no India or England players - apart from Azhar Mahmood - among the 56, who were picked by the seven franchises via a draft system in Colombo on Thursday.

Shahid Afridi* was originally supposed to be the icon player for Nagenahira but all the franchises wanted to make sure their icon players were available throughout the tournament. Due to the recently announced Australia-Pakistan series that starts on August 28th, Afridi would potentially miss the semi-finals and finals of the SLPL if his team made it that far, leaving Nagenahira without their icon player at the business end of the tournament. With the agreement of the other franchises, Afridi was released by Naganahira in to the draft, where he was subsequently signed by Ruhuna. Lasith Malinga remains Ruhuna's icon, while Nagenahira's icon player will be named on Friday.

The list is dominated by players from Australia (18) and Pakistan (13). Misbah-ul-Haq, who stepped down as Pakistan's Twenty20 captain in May and was not picked for the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka that followed, was picked up by Kandurata in the draft. Mohammad Hafeez, who replaced Misbah as Pakistan Twenty20 captain, was not on the list released by Sri Lanka Cricket.

West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who has not featured in top-level cricket since May 2011, was drafted by Ruhuna.

The release made no mention of the salaries that the players will be paid. Sri Lanka's domestic players will be drafted on Friday.

The franchises' overseas signings
(all values in US $)
Uthura: Shakib Al Hasan (25,000), Brendan Taylor (10,000), Kevon Cooper (15,000), Imran Farhat (20,000), Fidel Edwards (20,000), David Miller (25,000), Dillon du Preez (20,000), Samuel Badree (20,000)
Nagenahira: Mitchell Marsh (30,000), Imran Nazir (20,000), Travis Birt (25,000), Ahmed Shahzad (20,000), Ben Laughlin (20,000), Elias Sunny (12,000), Musfiqur Rahim (20,000), Nasir Hossain (16,000)
Ruhuna: Shahid Afridi (50,000), Daniel Harris (30,000), Ryan Harris (30,000), Aaron Finch (30,000), Jerome Taylor (20,000), Nathan McCullum (25,000), Ryan McLaren (15,000), Richard Levi (25,000)
Wayamba: Azhar Mahmood (30,000), Umar Akmal (25,000), Tamim Iqbal (18,000), Colin Ingram (20,000), Kemar Roach (25,000), James Faulkner (25,000), Abdul Razzaq (25,000), Brad Hogg (25,000)
Kandurata: Saeed Ajmal (25,000), Misbah-ul-Haq (25,000), Sohail Tanvir (20,000), Chris Lynn (20,000), Dane Vilas (10,000), Albie Morkel (35,000), Johan Botha (25,000), Adam Voges (25,000)
Basnahira: Brad Hodge (30,000), Marlon Samuels (30,000), Daniel Smith (20,000), Dirk Nannes (35,000), Robin Peterson (20,000), Tim Southee (25,000), Clint McKay (25,000), Cameron Borgas (20,000)
Uva: Andrew McDonald (35,000), Umar Gul (25,000), Shoaib Malik (35,000), Callum Ferguson (30,000), James Franklin (30,000), Abdur Rehman (20,000), Hammad Azam (15,000), Chris Gayle (100,000)

*04:23 GMT, July 6: This article has been updated to state why Shahid Afridi is no longer playing for Nagenahira

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  • on July 11, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    i hope will playing all bangladeshi playe inshaallah

  • Stumpbreaker on July 8, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Indian ODI tour to srilanka would generate more money for Srilanka than three of these SLPL tourneys. Stop blaming India for everything and be a little thank ful at times.

  • Desihungama on July 7, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @rahulkkhh - Right! And who ended up looking like a fool in the end? Certainly not Ravinder Jadeja. Does he even need to play Cricket any more?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 7, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    That is a lot of oversees players! Seriously? Do teams need that many? Is there any room left for actual SL players then? What a shocker...

  • warneneverchuck on July 7, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    I think ravindra jadeja was paid more in IPL than the the cost of one whole team in SLPL

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Whether the SLPL will be a success or not, that's another story. BUT the BCCI should allow its players to participate in this league. Especially those players who are not even a part of the national team. Young Indian players will get valuable lessons by mingling with other international players and the local Sri Lankan guys. Why is the BCCI being so stupid and idiotic is beyond my mortal reasoning. Perhaps, those big heads at the BCCI think they are doing something sensible ? I cannot say. But it's time the BCCI stopped behaving like a corporation and more like a sports body. Enough is enough. I LOVE and SUPPORT Indian cricket, NOT BCCI cricket.

  • rofl on July 7, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    wishing good luck for SLPL.. have a lot of SL friends so probably will be watching a few SLPL matches..

    some of the comments below are belittling indian players or blaming BCCI for their non participation.. but what appears to me is that the kind of money being offered for international stars in SLPL is lower than what even domestic Indian players make in IPL.. so probably they think it is not worth their while.. anyway good luck to SLPL..

  • on July 7, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    BCCI, will never let Indian Players from participating in these tournaments. Completely stupidity, there are so many players not picked from the national side in the coming series, so they can easily send these cricketers to get exposure. But No

  • on July 7, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    why cant retired indian players like dravid,kumble,ganguly be allowed to play tournaments like this? what will bcci loose frm it

  • CRKS on July 7, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    payments shouldn't be a problem as most the franchises in SLPL are owned by Indian companies.

  • on July 11, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    i hope will playing all bangladeshi playe inshaallah

  • Stumpbreaker on July 8, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Indian ODI tour to srilanka would generate more money for Srilanka than three of these SLPL tourneys. Stop blaming India for everything and be a little thank ful at times.

  • Desihungama on July 7, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @rahulkkhh - Right! And who ended up looking like a fool in the end? Certainly not Ravinder Jadeja. Does he even need to play Cricket any more?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 7, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    That is a lot of oversees players! Seriously? Do teams need that many? Is there any room left for actual SL players then? What a shocker...

  • warneneverchuck on July 7, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    I think ravindra jadeja was paid more in IPL than the the cost of one whole team in SLPL

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Whether the SLPL will be a success or not, that's another story. BUT the BCCI should allow its players to participate in this league. Especially those players who are not even a part of the national team. Young Indian players will get valuable lessons by mingling with other international players and the local Sri Lankan guys. Why is the BCCI being so stupid and idiotic is beyond my mortal reasoning. Perhaps, those big heads at the BCCI think they are doing something sensible ? I cannot say. But it's time the BCCI stopped behaving like a corporation and more like a sports body. Enough is enough. I LOVE and SUPPORT Indian cricket, NOT BCCI cricket.

  • rofl on July 7, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    wishing good luck for SLPL.. have a lot of SL friends so probably will be watching a few SLPL matches..

    some of the comments below are belittling indian players or blaming BCCI for their non participation.. but what appears to me is that the kind of money being offered for international stars in SLPL is lower than what even domestic Indian players make in IPL.. so probably they think it is not worth their while.. anyway good luck to SLPL..

  • on July 7, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    BCCI, will never let Indian Players from participating in these tournaments. Completely stupidity, there are so many players not picked from the national side in the coming series, so they can easily send these cricketers to get exposure. But No

  • on July 7, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    why cant retired indian players like dravid,kumble,ganguly be allowed to play tournaments like this? what will bcci loose frm it

  • CRKS on July 7, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    payments shouldn't be a problem as most the franchises in SLPL are owned by Indian companies.

  • on July 7, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Happy to see that bd`s players like shakib,iqbal,mushfiq are in the team of slpl....

  • ZahidShabrani on July 7, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    We love Cricket and we want more ....<3

  • ZahidShabrani on July 7, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Lets Hope for Success of SLPL....

  • g.narsimha on July 7, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    MITHUBD- No disrespect to bd , but u r coments are childish how can a team afraid of playing against an opponent which lost 6 out of 7 test just one draw & in odis al together we won 23 & bd just 3 that too one in a decade so those are upsets , how can u say that we always loose against u r team thats why we are afraid of playing, sour grapes pak fans also saying similar things becouse of financial gains every body wants to play india if doesnt secceed , so many bad things on our team u must aqdmit u r team is not in the class of other teams from this region u can effect an upset by winning an odd game see what is u r teams plight in ZIM in the tri seriesia cup , ether junior , or senios u stands no where , thats the reality india is helping financialy by sponsering u r team so dont abuse us .

  • nitharsh on July 7, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    I was thinking that the support for Uthura oryxes was less.With the addition of Shakib we got many bd fans for our team.But its going to be always be difficult whether we support our home team or the our favorite player's team(Sanga,Mahela).Anyhow best of luck to SLPL.

  • mithu.bd on July 7, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    @IndiaRulesEverybody, listen your indian team lost maximum match againest bd, thats why u dont want to play against bd in india.because u r afraid, so why u always comment negatively about bd, u also afraid bd? we have sympathy about u.carry on.we bd r waiting for win against india.

  • on July 7, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    I think Imran Nazir is the best signing for nagenahira, he is the best player in short format of T20, it should be nice to watch Imran Nazir vs Chris Gayle vs Afridi, to h=judge who is the best hitter

  • Harry_Kool on July 7, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    @EnglishCricket. Ca';t comment on other countries, but in Australia, IPL does not get watched & is punted to pay tv without attracting barely a blip on the ratings There is minimal interest & not even reported in the sports news. The IPL might be huge in the subcontinent, but I would suggest only diehard expatriates watch it overseas.

  • sajhera on July 7, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    SLPL will help for the future of srilankan cricket and the cricket board must take a very strong decision not to send sri lankan players to IPL. cricket is not deal with money its a gentlemen's game.

  • Meety on July 7, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    Basnahira - my tip, for what should be a reasonable quality tournament.

  • on July 7, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    @legaleagle...lol I don't understand why you're so excited about? Its Pakistan who are 'desperately' in need for their major T20 tournament and 'desperately' asking Bangladesh to tour your country lol Everyone except Pakistan have their major T20 tournament already :)

  • on July 7, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    I don't understand why some Indians are so proud that no other T20 league is nowhere near as IPL. I mean the only reason why the IPL is so successful compared to the leagues in Australia, Bangladesh, England, South Africa etc is because Number 1 India has one of the biggest populations in the World 1.2 billion and Number 2 India has numerous investors nothing else and that's why its successful so really there's nothing special about the Cricket in India infact results over the past year Internationally suggests otherwise :)

  • on July 7, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    @Lord_Dravid & legaleagle - ha...Still going on about Bangladesh Cricket even though this page is mainly based on Sri Lanka's T20 league which suggests to me its all about jealousy which is very nice to see. Lord_Dravid just want to say you're definitely right about the fact that the BPL, SLPL, BBL or whatever are nowhere near as IPL in terms of finance but the Cricket is still all the same and that's the difference between India and the other countries. The fact is Bangladesh's BPL has benefited the national team but India's IPL has degraded the Indian team even Australian Big Bash has helped Australia remember your tour their where you got thrashed? Thought so! I provide facts and reasonable logic whilst ignorance has the better of you and legaleagle :)

  • on July 6, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    No demand for indian players. Well they only perform in India so no surprise. Shakib and Tamim will rule this tournament

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on July 6, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Lots of anti india statements blah blah we beat pak sl in wc and asia cup we beat sl 2-1 in aus and sl hasnt won a single test in india they play in ipl to earn and feeed family we won in eng wi pak nz sa sl not too long ago

  • EnglishCricket on July 6, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    I don't understand why there are some Indians that still think the whole world watches IPL but only the other T20 leagues are only watched by the people of their country which is of course correct but the IPL is no different. Why would Non-Indians care about cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai etc? Exactly! If they are watching IPL or any other domestic tournament than its because of their local players quite frankly, nobody gives a damn about IPL in fact the ratings show that still more than 1/10 of Indians didn't even watch a glimpse of the 2012 IPL Final what is it? Only around a 100 million views out of 1.2 billion just proves my case :)

  • Lord_Dravid on July 6, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    Agree with @legaleagle..Bangladesh players can only participate in low grade tournaments like SLPL..they are not of IPL standards! IPL is all about big players with big money hence why you hardly see any good players in tournaments like SLPL and BPL..its not worth their time. BPL and SLPL won't be even able to to challenge india anyway.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on July 6, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    @IndiaRulesEveryBody - LOL Shakib Al Hasan is Surely a Bangladeshi Who Won IPL for KKR This Year ...Isnt it ?? And Isnt the Same Bangladesh Players Kicked India out of Asia cup 2012 ??

  • EnglishCricket on July 6, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    @IndiaRulesEverybody...lol What's wrong with 5 Bangladeshi players playing in this league? Its the same handful of players that destroyed you in the Asia Cup this time Bangladesh 'ruling' 1.2 billion India :)

  • India_Rules_Everybody on July 6, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    5 Bangladesh players sold in this league - Just goes to show the substandard quality of cricket that can be expected now from this league now. They killed it even before starting it.

  • Hayat22 on July 6, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Now that Uthura has taken Shakib Hasan, it will be interesting to see their match previews and reviews, with all the odes and figures quoting. And they've had it should Shakib not play any match for whatever reason! LOL Poor Uthura! ;-D

  • ibrahim202013 on July 6, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    i am sure most of the lover of cricketers they can't enjoy much to watch SLPL.Because of missing their favorite players like pollard,Hussey brothers, M Morkal, AB, Styan, Smith, Vettori, Bravo, , Narine, Du plesis, B Macullam, B Lee, Kallis, K Piterson, Ross Tailor, JC Rider..............

  • on July 6, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    I am so disappointed that no players from Nepal like country???At least one player would have included???

  • on July 6, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    i think after stagnant IPL,we can watch plenty of exciting moments of real champions cricket in SLPL. Without Indian cricketers it's not the end of the world..it will be real champions games...

  • on July 6, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Next IPL Sri Lankan players also should not play in IPL

  • on July 6, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    y so less windies players ... bravo , smith , benn . narine ??????????

  • 9ST9 on July 6, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    @Mayank Srivastav - Chris Gayle is there.

  • Legaleagle on July 6, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    OMG!! The TOTAL money ALL the players are making is LESS THAN Gautam Gambhir's alone earning in the IPL. Domestic cricketers in India make WAY MORE MONEY than this for a short format tournament!!

  • on July 6, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Murali's Uthura got the worst!!

  • krishheturi on July 6, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    well another league but not with big players like warner watson pollard and you see indian players are not participating because they have test series with new zealand and we want india to be no-1 again so we are sorry towards this league

  • on July 6, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    nothing wrong with have a IPL like league of your own but expecting the best players to play always isn't being reasonable. this format is like the football leagues all round the work the Premier League will always be the attractive one similar to IPL, nonetheless this should be a nice tournament.

  • ProdigyA on July 6, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    I dont understand this, when all these players can be sold for so cheap why does IPL pay them so much.

  • on July 6, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    this player list final? this player list final? this player list final?

  • Mr_Anonymous on July 6, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    I can understand why the BCCI is reluctant to allow members from the national team to play in this tournament. However, I think the BCCI should allow some selected players to participate in the tournament. I think it would be beneficial to players like Awana, Nadeem, Negi, Appanna, Chawla, Bhuvanesh Kumar, Pankaj Singh, Veer Pratap Singh, Mandeep Singh (maybe even Shikhar Dhawan and Saurabh Tiwari), who are not in contention for the national team (in the next couple of months) to be given a chance to play in different conditions and gain from that experience. At the end of the day, that experience will benefit the Indian team in the future.

  • on July 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Shame about no England players, I suppose it is right in the middle of Eng vs SA but you'd have thought that Hales and Wright might have made it. Still their seems a surprising lack of interest in England players considering they are the No.1 ranked team, T20 world cup holders and recently beat WI at home, Pak in UAE and India both home and away.

  • on July 6, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    This tournament is really good for both SL and PK players (as well as BNG).. its better to wait and see how this tournament proceeds and no body should comapre this with IPL (without any doubt, its the best T20 in da world though..).. hope it will be better than BPL (which wasnt that popular other than in BNG)...

    we hope star (& talented) players like Malinga, Mahela, Gayle, Afridi, Umar Akmal, Franklin, Thisara, Angelo ,Chandiamal, Gul, Botha will make this a success... !!

  • CricketPissek on July 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    perl57 - Azar Mahmood is now British, and has qualified to play for England a few years ago, that's why he is specially mentioned.

  • sonu77 on July 6, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Kandurata seems to be the strongest on paper followed by Wayamba & Ruhuna..Sanga,Sanath,Thisara,Ajmal,Tanvir,Botha,Albie Morkel..nice combination for Kandurata.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on July 6, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    OMG! SLPL are you serious that is what you pay the international players? In IPL lowest salary cap was $50,000. Its good to see SLPL but BPL payed so much more to international players hence it attracted more foreign players. SLPL better find some good investors or else this would be your first and last season.

    Wish you all the best and hope to see some good cricket.

  • k4zz on July 6, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    So how many weeks is this league going to last for. Looking at the fees involved its a pretty big drop from the IPL, but that was expected but it is even a big drop from the BPL, yet they have some good players involved for that fee so good on them. If the PPL also comes into action then would actually like to see BPL, IPL, PPL and SLPL probably either have a small one week competition were the champions of each league play one another for champion of asian T20.

  • timtom on July 6, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @Sakthiivel - That was peach :)))....Anyways teams looks promising and games will be more interesting than BLPL..Hope SPL is hit ...

  • on July 6, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    I think this must be a less profile league. The max price has not reached 100K for many and most were around 30K. Afridi Icon player when drafted was bought for 50K. Anyways all the best for SPL.

  • on July 6, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    misbah ul haq ?????? seriously ?????

  • Sakthiivel on July 6, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    All foreign Players should start praying that they will be getting the payment at least in five years time. SL players already have used to this.

  • perl57 on July 6, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    You are on a contract job with your company who pays for two months of work, equal to a whole year. Would you dare your company and go play other months in their competitor's nest? Its like killing the Golden Goose. Besides BPL and SPL did not say how much they are paying players. That shows they are getting peanuts. Besides in this article why is Azhar mahmood given a special reference? He is neither Indian nor English.

  • on July 6, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    well indian players absence will certainly hurt SLPL as it hurted them last time!!

  • jasonpete on July 6, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Posted by AlbertEinstein on (July 06 2012, 10:23 AM GMT),Indian players are not participating because BCCI ddidnt give permission to play in SLPL.Its got nothing to do with where Indian players stands or any other reason

  • on July 6, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    ANOTHER ipl copy in da making!!!!! doesnt matter it wnt get even close to ipl !!! @mr einstien indian player did nt wnt to play in this stupid league...dats one of the main reasons slpl...was postponed to 2012

  • on July 6, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Watson, Warner, AB, KP, Steyn, morne morkel, pollard, narine, hussey, brendon macullum, vettori, bravo, kallis, sunil narine, lee ...........tedious league ..............boringggg

  • on July 6, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Can't see playes like watson, brett lee, chirs gayle, suresh raina, MS dhoni.....must be a low profile league.....

  • Udendra on July 6, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @Gihan Fernando: i also think that Andy Solomons is a promising T20 player.

  • on July 6, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Haha punya get your mind out of the gutter .... Without Indian cricketers it's not the end of the world... I think people will watch and it's a great prelude to the t20 wc! Remember icc stands for international not Indian cricket council! There's a lot more to watch my friend than your 5 superstars! So while the rest of us enjoy this super tournament you should catch up on some ranjit trophy highlights

  • Raul786 on July 6, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    love he fact how Bangladeshi fans support their player though they disappoint them more den often

  • deepakjm on July 6, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    @AlbertEinstein your general knowledge is very weak as you dont know that Indian players didnt get NOC from BCCI to play in SLPL.....and as far as their ability comes so remember they are the rockstars of world cricket....people pay money to see them.

  • on July 6, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    with the payment that gautam gambhir got from kkr....he can buy a whole team from slpl......

  • on July 6, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    afridi removed as icon player b coz he's gonna miss the semi's and finals due to national duty and franchise didnt need a icon player who wont be available to play whole tournament,

  • dinzee on July 6, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Looks awsome, pakistan players are more smashier than Indians, umal gul, afridi, azar mahmood, tanvir, malik, they all r better than indian players, so I bet there will be better matches in SLPL. some young sl guns like bhanuka rajapakse will strive on this poortunity as well. my money is on dilshans team basnahira. quality batsmen of dilly, angie and dwyan smith to go with nannes bowling also good allrounders, would be a power house, but look out for mahelas wayamba as well. theyv got two of the best allrounders of mahmood and razzaq.

  • on July 6, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @sania thatz because take a example like Kandurata team they have 3 Pakistani players , think if they had only 6 players when all this pakistan players went to the national duty vs Australia they'll only left 3 overseas players (when you can playe 4 players in a game) so then it'll be unfair to them. so to make a proper balance and to release the players for the international duty they allowed them to have 8 overseas players .

  • Ronghin_Rony on July 6, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    SLPL....will be more successfull,i hope that always ..becoz SHAKIB AL HASAN is playing for UTHURA! Then they are the champion team. It will defeat all the other teams by a margin of 450 runs in each games.

  • on July 6, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    where??? Pollard, narine, Russell, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, Steven Smith, white, Hussey Bros, Lee, Dumini, Kallis, Morne Morkel ????? specially four t20 captains Hafees? AB de villiers? G bailey? Darren Sammy?

  • on July 6, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Good first step SL. But if you continue in later versions also with these discarded players than the SLPL will close down for good. So atleast for next version try to get some high profile players. Best of luck

  • on July 6, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Great to see the Indian players not here. Everyone know that Indian can achieve records and wins only in there own pitches. BCCI thinks they are the capitol for every cricket event. But SL cricket board proved that they no need BCCI. already Bangladesh cricket board proved it. there is only one option to reply to BCCI. that is don't allow any of your players to take part in IPL.

  • Legaleagle on July 6, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Bangladesh players can ONLY get into low-grade tournaments. Their standard is not upto IPL level!!

    Furthermore, BCCI does not want to release its players for such lowly tournaments.

  • on July 6, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    I think sakib shud b the captain of uthura!! cos i dont see any other player better as a captain in Uthura than sakib n muralidharan doesnt hav the experience of captaining a T20 side!!

  • on July 6, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Yes, we cannot wait for this tournament!

    A showpiece event, which everyone will remember.

    After a Bangladesh version, an Australian version, a 2 month IPL, a Champions trophy later this year, the 20-20 World Cup as well, it makes sense to add more rubbish into the calendar.

    Honestly, all the fans cannot wait, we are all talking about the SLPL. It's going to be so exciting.

    Greed!

  • DINESHCC on July 6, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    SHAKIB AL HASAN is playing for UTHURA! Then they are the champion team. It will defeat all the other teams by a margin of 450 runs in each games.

  • AlbertEinstein on July 6, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Not even a single Indian player in the lineups, I think this should explain where they stand in the international arena.......but I am sure they'll be hitting plenty of sixes against their ordinary club bowlers on flat Indian wickets in the next IPL.

  • on July 6, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    shakib and all the otherbangladeshi players are gonna rock,.............

  • on July 6, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    and Bhanuka Rajapakse who scored 154 in 111 against aussie u.19 will also take part in this tournament ...

  • on July 6, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    there're so many local player who got talent eg :- Sanitha De Mel (who was the captain of the u.19 sri lanka team for the asia cup) so there'll more competition in this tournament

  • satish619chandar on July 6, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    @Raiyan24r : So, the show stops? Even England is not allowing players(Even to IPL)but why players play in county cricket? It should be the decision of the board and the players.. Lets respect it..

  • They.Ra.S on July 6, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    As per the rules only 6 foreign will be allowed in the squad (http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-premier-league-2012/content/story/570915.html) but now every team is having 8 overseas players. justify ?????? Sugu.DR

  • saber.shah on July 6, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    India again proof that how narrow minded they are, they thought that if indian players dont play in any other domestic league, the other country will not arrange any league like this... But bangladesh showed the way by organizing BPL without indian player,, now Srilanka is showing that again.. Go SLPL GO... India should take some lesson frm Bangladesh and Srilanka...

  • on July 6, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Indian players get paid 100 times better in IPL. So why do they opt playing in other leagues, that against will of BCCI.

  • on July 6, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    what our guys are trying to do? we will give chance to all main country players to play here in our grounds and conditions just 3 weeks before 20 twenty wc. we re missing home advantage .

  • Hari28395 on July 6, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    i think kandurata is the best!!!!!!

  • denwarlo70 on July 6, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    I am sure i read somewhere on espncricinfo that Ricky Ponting will captain one side even though he has retired from T20 but I don't see his name here?? Is it a typo is is he not playing in the SLPL??

  • azeesajid on July 6, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    Good to see misbah back in t20 format,while can't understand the exclusion of hafeez.

  • aalyan_ali23 on July 6, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    How can you leave Sunil Narine?

  • on July 6, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    how come Dan Vettori is not playing?

  • on July 6, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Why indians are not joining in this SLPL?????????????????????????????? Srilanka and Bangladesh should avoid to join in IPL from next season

  • Raiyan24r on July 6, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    players from other nations shouldn't play in ipl.india doesn't allow their players.neither should other nations allow their players to play in ipl.

  • Raiyan24r on July 6, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    all the teams are balanced.good to seee 5 bd players.

  • pjbarua on July 6, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    IPL is all about big names & icons. Even they include some test players leaving t20 performers. Too much icon players makes IPL so predictable. Just like indian tv shows. I think SLPL will be competetive than IPL

  • on July 6, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    mohammad ashraful unsold!! this is very poor.

  • on July 6, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    go on SLPL....FROM Bangladesh

  • on July 6, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Fringe Indian players can go to SLPL as its kind of off-season in domestic season.

  • on July 6, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Please Rahul Dravid for Nagenahira!

  • on July 6, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Hope Misbah makes a comeback and proves his critics wrong.Let the games begin!!

  • MDCP on July 6, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    with respect to the foreign purchases nagenahira looks the weakest. Uthura luks mediocre. Kandurata is strong but myt struggle in the semis if they qualify bse the pak players will leave. wayamba luks the strongest. Uva, Basnahira and Ruuhuna luks gud. As always "Gayle force" will prove decisive. Basnahira is spin weak. Ruhuna luks batting weak. a few worthless players bought for unknown reasons by many teams... lets wait and see... my money is on wayamba!!!

  • on July 6, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    where is SP Narine????????????????????????????

  • hani2 on July 6, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Indian players are not participate in any premier league.why other countries players participate in ipl????????????????????????????????????????

  • on July 6, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    nice to see, all team got good player

  • on July 6, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Just because India loves T20 and others take a cue from India, it does not mean it is the future of the game.T20 is a cowboy game and does more good to the business franchises and the lucky bunch of players who are in it than for the game itself..All its popularity in terms of lucre and short duration of play can never be a trade in for the richness and glory of Test cricket that has a special niche in the history of the game.

  • on July 6, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    wow .. this will be a super league in which 13 Super T20 PAKISTANi players r playing..

  • on July 6, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    UTHURA will get the most support from BANGLADESH as they have got SHAKIB in their team... & fan supports matters a lot . :D

  • siponus2007 on July 6, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    people who thinks without indian players its gonna be flop thy just think without india everythings is impossible , but the truth is even BPL was shinning without indian player , so definitely spl will be big boost for srilankan cricket , and they will definitely gonna earn huge amount of money from that

  • on July 6, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Good to see 5 Bangladeshi players in the inaugural SLPL- Shakib, Tamim, Sunny, Nasir, Mushfiq. Its time for you guys to prove urself as Shakib did. Best fo luck !

  • yorkslanka on July 6, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    a farily strong set of international players, obviuosly being in August, it is only those players who are not committed to their country/county season that will be involved as we dont want to try and disrupt the other countries players/seasons...

  • sonu77 on July 6, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Angelo Mathews will be the icon player for Nagenahira..

  • on July 6, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    i think mohammad Hafeez not include in this list because they'll have a pak vs aus series starting at the same time since he's the captain of the t20 side he may have refused the contract , plus no worries pakistan brothers this team will change every year that's the SLPL rule , not like the IPL that's the deference of draft lottery system vs auction system, so they will add him next year :)

  • warneneverchuck on July 6, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    When BPL started people said it wil beat IPL now same with SLPL but fact is no one can beat IPL

  • on July 6, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    No point of buying players from the top 4 IPL team(Pollard, Narine) because they will not be available for the CLT20 . I think that's the reason why they didn't pick up some icon players

  • on July 6, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    What???!!! we picked sri lankan players why couldnt they let indian players play. Anyway its SLPL is gonna be a epic FAIL!!!

  • important420 on July 6, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Good combination every team has big names when srilankans will be announced

  • Nadeem1976 on July 6, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Way to go for cricket. T2020 is future of cricket. Play it as much you can. I hope ICC understands and just let ODI or Test cricket go and listen to fans of sub continent who cannot spend 5 days in the stadium to watch boring test cricket.

    I hope Pakistan create their own premiere league for T2020 cricket so that international players visit Pakistan.

    I hope Sri lanka board earn some good money out of this tournament and hope Rain don't rune the tournament as well.

  • on July 6, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    it will be a flop with out indian players...

  • Brdmara on July 6, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    superb combination! when will srilankan players will be announced?

  • Colombofan on July 6, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Re: Ravindra Jadeja - he's a good player but didn't play for his potential. i think he was over rated at IPL...

  • on July 6, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    So who is Nagas' icon player now?

  • pjbarua on July 6, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    There are so many good players in this tournament. This is going to be great to watch. A great opportunity for lankan talents to flourish. Best of luck

  • KiwiRocker- on July 6, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Absence of Indian players especially non performers like Tendulya makes SPL way more attractive. Pakistani players are the biggest draw card when it comes to 20/20. Pakistani players were the one who had started the original concept of ICL and SPL obviously becomes a real magnet with their presence! I am particularly pleased to see Hammad Azam...He is one for the future! Move away IPL with too many matches and pathetic pitches! Bring on SPL!

  • Bay-Lagaam on July 6, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Wish u best of luck SLPL.... I couldnt see Nasir Jamshed picked by any team???

  • SureshBravo on July 6, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    @ lasitha : Tht's why We trashed you in WC finals....

  • Ramansilva on July 6, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    I think the non-availability of Indian players is a blessing in disguise. IND-SL encounters are far too often, boring and predictable. There is yet another IND-SL encounter very soon. So it will be good to see some other exciting foreign players in action in the SLPL. The shortened time span is also good. There will be less SL people watching the matches on grounds or on TV compared to that of IPL and when you compare man-hours lost that will not be as devastating as IPL. The sponsors will earn less but who cares. Loss to the country need to be minimized.

  • Naveed85 on July 6, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    pakistan players are main attraction rest are very ordinary .. they should have selected likes of Shane Watson, David Warner Mike Hussey, AB devillers, Styen, kevin pitersen, Pollard, Narine, Mucullam, B Lee, Kallis ,Morne Morkel, Vettori, Bravo, Ross Taylor ..David hussey

  • on July 6, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Wow Greatest Team............... Best of Wishes SCB

  • joynal693 on July 6, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    I think Wayamba will be the tough team to beat. Remember the team will be led by Mahela. Tamim Iqbal will be exploding there with Mahela in the opening. But I do not think its a good team for the No. 1 All rounder player Shakib due to the team will be leading by the legend Murali. Still hopeful for Uthura & Shakib.

  • on July 6, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    where the hell is muhammad hafeez?

  • joynal693 on July 6, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Good to see a lot of Bangladeshis are there. Specially the team Uthura where the No. 1 All rounder player Shakib will be playing, is my choice. But it needs to be watch who the Sri Lankans are there for Uthura.

  • bd_cric_lover on July 6, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    I hope it will be a good tournament to watch. From Bangladesh We 160 million people always with you. Best of luck.......

  • g.narsimha on July 6, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    MOHMAD ASHRAF -I CAN SEE U R INTENTION ON MAKING REFERENCE to RAVINDRA JADEJA , whether u agree or not he gone for one million in the last auction & i dont think any team can afford, as in some cases entire frenchise value is less than that ,even though a large chunk of finanance is from india , so relax & enjoy, forget use less over hypped (in u peoples opinion ) indians .

  • on July 6, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    will, sir Ravindra jadeja be selected or not ,please inform us ,sl management.

  • satish619chandar on July 6, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff : Unavailability of Indian players was just a reason mentioned.. Lack of clear sponsors and clarity in planning affected last year tournament.. I guess Indian players won't make any difference to the tournament.. The guys who watch T20 is going to love it being played by any team.. We do follow county cricket though not much big names are attached in it.. All the best SLPL.. Wayamba, Ruhana and Uthura looks very balanced with foreign player composition.. Uva again will be overdependant on Gayle.. His availability will be the key..

  • Sachit1979 on July 6, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    There are very few big names. Most of the Cricketers are either second grade or third Cricketers in their respective countries. I wish SLPL pulls more attraction and more better players in coming years. Siting T20 world cup in next few months, Indian Cricketers too have participated.

  • on July 6, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    this is ridicules,where is sir ravindra jadeja,...

  • snj_perera on July 6, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Best thing is tht it doesn't waste the time like in ipl. less than 1 month time...Its true tht payments will be lower than tht of ipl, but players also spend lesser time in slpl than tht of ipl...this will also help hidden players to come out into the international arena.. its better rather than making present stars further rich.. anyway its interesting to see how the lions are drafted

  • ---lasitha--- on July 6, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Mayan Priyadarshana-- very true mate i too think sl have got more talented , quality loacl players than india.

  • Chathura-Srilanka on July 6, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    Nice to see without Indian Players...All the best for future...

  • raad007 on July 6, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Bpl had alot better players like from county and Pakistan. Still will be fun and competitive.

  • on July 6, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Many people are complaining that Hussey brothers, M Morkal, AB, Styan, Smith, Vettori, Bravo, Pollard, Narine, Du plesis, B Macullam, B Lee, Kallis, K Piterson, Ross Tailor, JC Rider are missing. SCB chooses players so that these players will not having playing issues in the CL ( although there are some exception such as Sakib who is part of the KKR and i assume he will not want to play for SL teams in the CL). Good luck for SLCL

  • Prema1948 on July 6, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    The persons responsible for picking SLan players should know the importance of giving 1st preference to youngsters as it happens in India & Bangladesh. Aging useless players have to be ignored. If the officials try to employ the method of help 'yourselves' tactics by employ henchmen the whole purpose of holding this kind of event is lost. If the Game to be prospered in the Country, the promising youngsters maintained consistency from very young age have to be held at a high esteem.

  • mollik on July 6, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    Congrats Srilanka cricket board. As a bangladeshi i am always with you.........

  • chachum on July 6, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    we all pakistanis love srilankan very much . thank you sri lanka board . long live the great friendship of the two countries . it would be great fun to watch all the SLPL games . good luck to all the teams . all the best .

  • praveen4honestremark on July 6, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    All the best SLPL.- Indian.

  • PKosgoda on July 6, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    Local players have to be picked by knowledgeable, intelligent Cricketers with future of Sri Lanka's Cricket in mind. This shouldn't be a place to entertain friends & relatives of authorities or from one locality (e.g.Panadura) and other aging Cricketers. All schoolboy Cricketers(of last 5 years) maintained consistency from very young age should be given 1st preference.

  • Harry_Kool on July 6, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Given the pay issues the SL cricketers have gone through lately, I would suggest these guys get their money upfront. Most of the Aussie players here are 2nd tier players, Ryan Harris would be the only one seriously in contention for a test spot & McKay in ODI's. Even T20's wouldn't get many of these guys for international duty. As long as it works well for local desires & players can make a living out of it, good luck to them. To be blunt, I really can't see serious overseas interest in the tournament.

  • Lakpj on July 5, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Hope this proves more competitive than IPL. problem with IPL is the tournament is too long and teams keep on pilling runs from the start of the tournament to end. it seems that BCCI doesn't allow their players to play in anywhere other than IPL, which is bad allowing them to play in Big Bash or any other league would give them more exposure. i thought that even though it was not so glamorous BPL was more competitive than IPL. hope SLPL becomes even better.

  • jb633 on July 5, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    It is so strange how everyone seems to want second rate Aus, SA and NZ players to be part of their team. Look at the English quickies and your side will be much better for it.

  • Muralibomb on July 5, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka Cricket has named 56 foreign players who will play in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League. There are no India or England players - apart from Azhar Mahmood - among the 56, who were picked by the seven franchises via a draft system in Colombo on Thursday.

    Shahid Afridi was initially named icon player for Nagenahira but, reportedly, was put back into the draft and picked up by Ruhuna. The reason for this is as yet unclear. Lasith Malinga is Ruhuna's icon player.

    The list is dominated by players from Australia (18) and Pakistan (13). Misbah-ul-Haq, who stepped down as Pakistan's Twenty20 captain in May and was not picked for the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka that followed, was picked up by Kandurata in the draft. Mohammad Hafeez, who replaced Misbah as Pakistan Twenty20 captain, was not on the list released by Sri Lanka Cricket.

    West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who has not featured in top-level cricket since May 2011, was drafted by Ruhuna.

  • yoongguns on July 5, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    No(Hussey brothers, M Morkal, AB, Styan, Smith, Vettori, Bravo, Pollard, Narine, Du plesis, B Macullam, B Lee, Kallis, K Piterson, Ross Tailor, JC Rider)....missing on big guns except Chris Gayle.........

  • Zahidsaltin on July 5, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Isn't pakistan playing Australia in same time periode??

  • Zahidsaltin on July 5, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    WHY HAFIZ ISN't THERE?? top class alrounder. PCB should have got HARIS in to some of these franchises.

  • on July 5, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    come ruhuna rhinos afridi malinga chandimal bring it on!

  • on July 5, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    Best Of Luck SLPL Bangladesh With You

  • on July 5, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    I'm saddened to see so few associate players in here, in fact all the major tournaments seem to snub them, and fill the ranks with obscure players from the major nations.

  • on July 5, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Very Smart and nice to see talented players who dont get the chance to play in the IPL. I also hope Nagenahira wins as they have the least IPL players and they will be able to represent Champions League with all their players. Hopefully this will not be a breeding ground for the IPL. Big Mistake loosing Afridi. One of the greatest entertainers, both with the bat and ball.

  • Vikiiii on July 5, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    I am Eager to see Abdul Razzaq, Misbah, Afridi and Shoaib Malik in SLPL

  • Vikiiii on July 5, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    I am anxiously waiting to see my Pakistani champions to play in SLPL Thank u lankan board, Love u Sri Lanka

  • on July 5, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Interesting that Badree got in ahead of Narine. No Bravo(s). I think That Trinidad has a world class T20 Team and should send one in the SL league

  • coolitbaby on July 5, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    SLPL ?? Yawn... feeling sleepy already.

  • Rising_Edge1234 on July 5, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    All these leagues!! I'm just glad I was around in the 70s and 80s to see real cricket.

  • lankavigi on July 5, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Well, well, well!!!!!!!! I didn't expect so many players. Indian players not being in makes no problem at all. Likes of morkel, botha, gayle and all top pakistani players, this tournament looks like the next most exciting t20 tournament after ipl.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on July 5, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Shakib Might Win this SLPL for uthura just like he won IPL for KKR

  • YS_USA on July 5, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Most of the big guns, Watson, Warner, AB, KP, Steyn, morne morkel, pollard, narine, hussey, brendon macullum, vettori, bravo, kallis, sunil narine, lee...etc., are missing because, I read some place that the maximum salary is only $38,000. Still, it would be intersting to watch SLPL matches since teams have a good combination of talent and skill. You also dont want see the same players that play IPL, so it will be more intersting to see new faces.

  • denessa on July 5, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    THIS LEAGUE WILL BE HOT HOT GAYLE WILL BLASTS THE BALLS, ROACH, TAYLOR, BADREE,EDWARDS ETC WILL BOWL OUT ALL THM WICKETS....CANT WAIT TO SEE THE ACTION .......

  • cairo on July 5, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Sakib Al Hassan will be the MAN OF DA TOURNAMENT for sure..

  • on July 5, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    But Shahid Afridi wan named iconic player of Nagenahira, how he can play for Ruhuna??? some-one please explain...thanks... Go Shakib Go, rock the SLPL 2012!!

  • Stark62 on July 5, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Wyamaba, Ruhana, Uva and kandu look the strongest out of the lot!!

  • StatisticsRocks on July 5, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    One more thing: Who is paying for DRS?????

  • on July 5, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    wayamba because of azhar

  • wiseshah on July 5, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    where is guptil, rob nicole--- guptil is number 1 t20 player and dont get selected in any league

  • warneneverchuck on July 5, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Better than IPL. Ha ha lol. Just ask players like gayle and KP if they have option of playing for only one League then which one they will choose

  • on July 5, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    these matches will be so competitive ,sl have some awesome players u guys haven't seen before, most of them are better than National team players, im pretty sure this will be a flow but sl domestic players will get a chance to perform at the world stage, and selectors will get a chance to pick a great team for T20 WC and winning it should be the ultimate goal of this tournament,

  • on July 5, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Mohamma Hafeez's omission is surprising. In T20 world ranking he is # 4 as an all rounder, # 8 as a bowler and above the likes of Dhoni, Shoaib Malik, Ahmad Shehzad etc. as a batsman. I think it is an inadvertent omission and will be rectified later.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 5, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    its a surprise to see Hafeez not been selected.. he is one of the best allrounder at this time.

  • lankanlioncric on July 5, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    iHitWicket, simple coz the whole subcontinent are not interested in IPL. IPL for indian fans only, chennai,delhi,mumbai dont make any difference to me , just like new york, chicago, califonia. BPL for bangladeshi fans, n SLPL for sri lankan fans. so this has nothing to do with IPL. its all about target market coz after all, T20 is a good business

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 5, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Good one.. should be very interesting.. will miss guys like kamran akmal, nasir jamshed and Rana naveed.

  • on July 5, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka and Pakistan forever, hopefully SLPL will be a huge success...SL and Pak players will dominate the SLPL. Cant wait.

  • warneneverchuck on July 5, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Til how many years this will last. Finally something for some poor players

  • on July 5, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Im rooting for Wayamba, Nagenahira, Uthura :D

  • Sakthiivel on July 5, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Looks like Pakistan premier league started early.. Best of luck Pakistan..

  • desi-blue on July 5, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Wonder if Tony Greig will be doing commentary..

  • on July 5, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    i think this list is incorrect, players like warne,warner, pollard,bravo,ponting is missing :/

  • Troyd on July 5, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    3 comments.

    [1] happy to see Brendon Taylor signed up ... pity no/one took a chance on the likes of Utseya (very economical against all levels of competition over a long period of time), Jarvis (raw but promising, did well during his stint in NZ), Sibanda or Masakadza (both, the latter particulalry in the forms of their life).

    [2] any non-SriLankan criticising "another T20 competition" / leave off! while of course the international TV audinece is a factor and it is a little saturated .. this tournament is good for SriLankans to see top cricketers in their back yard. Get SL bums on SL seats in SL cricket stadiums. Good for SL cricket

    [3] is there no sponsor out there who can get a some kind of T20 Tournament exclusively for the best of the Associate/Affiliate Players .. sure it wont have the international appeal but might fill smaller grounds, great exposure to develop the game in these countries and players fees will be lower too.. maybe in USA?

  • Sidd_Cric on July 5, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    SPOT ON!! Great move by SLPL.Trust me it will be a GLOBAL hit. Nice utilization of players. Aussies, Tigers, Kiwis, Pakis, Proteus along with the native Lions. I am sure we will see some classic action by both bowlers and batsmen. Great job and can't wait. PS: I am Bangladeshi and would have loved to see our Vice Captain Mahmudullah, but Thanks anyways for picking 5 of our players.

  • asiacricket1234 on July 5, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Thats a good list of players :D. Sad that Mashrafee isnt there :(.

  • on July 5, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Nagenahira looks soo weak , they choke them self by releasing Shahid Afridi ,only Friday draft can save them ,if they r lucky enough :P

  • iHiranmaya on July 5, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Wayamba got all match winners but all can't play. Uthura got two CLASS player in Shakib & Brendon(fan of both) with cooper & others. Oh yes The team with shortest name UVA got the shortest team(no need to mention all)- Gayle the one man army !!

    Just One Thing Is Missing The TALENTED Irish Men.

  • on July 5, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    IMRAN NAZIR AND AHMED SHEHZAD WILL BLOW ANY OPPOSITION OFF, SMART CHOICE BY THE SELECTORS, WELL SONE

  • on July 5, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Great News, ABSOLUTELY CANT WAIT FOR THIS TOURNAMENT, EASILY BETTER THAN IPL BY MILES...... JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT CHANNEL IT IS GOING TO BE AIRED ON IN UK, I AM A PAKISTAN FAN AND LOVE THE WAY SRI LANKA OPERATES ITS RELATIONS WITH PAKISTAN. LOVE U SL

  • on July 5, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    name local players too.and captains of each team

  • on July 5, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    woow lots of good foreigner player , guess its gonna be craking one , but i think nagenhira couldbe choose mahmudullah riad , masraffie and left arm spinner razzak instead of musfiq ellias and nasir , nagenahira made wrong decision in their , but anyways good luck to nagenahira my support will be for nagenahira

  • on July 5, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Well done, SLPL.... You have taken in the Bangladeshis and Pakistanis in as well. This would make some very interesting cricket. Maybe your champion can challenge the IPL champions to see who'd better.

  • on July 5, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    My money is for 'Wayamba' . very solid foreign colections. lets see wht they have from home.. best of luck Wayamba...........

  • iHitWicket on July 5, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Player count per country: AUS-18, BAN-5, ENG-1, NZ-3, PAK-13, SA-8, WI-7 & ZIM-1. Aussies are making great living out of sub-continent T20 leagues. PAK hungry after IPL starving. Glad no Indians here .. although already over burdened by the schedule, some would have played in SLPL if BCCI would have agreed. Can't understand why there is need for another T20 league in sub-continent.

  • Slesh on July 5, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Great!! Bt it would have been better if Afridi was in Nagenahira. Now it is very intresting to see who will captain the Ruhuna!! Also i would like to see Wayamba get more than this to support Mayya..i would have loved to see Steyn here.specially in Sangas team..so likes of Steyn,De villiers,Naraine,missing here..anyway all in all very balanced foriegn selections..

  • wiseshah on July 5, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    i will support nagnehara because of nasir hossain. ahmed shehjad and imran najir will be dashing opener--then mushfiq rahim-nasir will be killer combo

  • on July 5, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Thank you very much we dnt have INDIAN players. but why they havent picked players like - AB, KP, Steyn, morne morkel, pollard, narine, warner, hussey, watson, kevin O'brian, brendon macullum,vettori..bla bla bla...

  • on July 5, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    what about dwayne bravo ,pollard or dwayne smith not see their names there ,but good for badree ,good bowler ,hope jerome taylor makes most of this chance show w i selectors he is fit and ready to go again .

  • avmd on July 5, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    From Pakistan, Farhat and Hammad Azam are useless players, Razaq is no good anymore, others are good. Biggest surprise is the absence of Nasir Jamshed and Junaid Khan.

  • on July 5, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Hey when can v see indians playing here I hope i vl take even more time

  • Proud_GhorJamai on July 5, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    uthura has shakib...bet they will get HUGE support from Bangla..

  • WTEH on July 5, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Nice to see all these pakistani players in the SLPL. It is going to be a good contest. It was a really good idea that indian players decided that they are not going to be a part of this. They do not need to be in every single cricket game, as there are lot of other exciting players in the world that fans would like to see. All the best Sri Lanka. Looking forward for this contest!!!!!!

  • on July 5, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Who is Daniel Smith in the Basnahira team??? Don't think i have heard of him before!

  • wiseshah on July 5, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    SLPL--- really knows which player to buy. not lke IPL. IPL always buy player with name and country. sometimes they buy test player for T20. this SLPL will be a big hit.

  • Extraz on July 5, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    yeah guys i m also a bit confused AFRIDI was in NAGENIHIRA then how can he be in ruhana pool!!

  • Stark62 on July 5, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Misbah?!?! o.O

    Who the heck wants him?!?!

    Anyway, wasn't Afridi Nagenhira's icon player?

  • serious-am-i on July 5, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    good luck for SLPL, I doubt if they can cash even 5% of the lucarative Indian T.V market though with out Indian players. Let us hope SLPL doesn't turn out into another laughing stock such as BPL has become when it comes to payment. SLC failed to pay its own cricketers on time, god bless these players hope they get paid on time at least.

  • on July 5, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Again BCCI shows its evil designs trying to ensure that no other league is successful. they did it to the BPL and now the SLPL. it's a shame how a rich & powerful board can get away with anything. ICC is just an observer not a governing body

  • EnglishCricket on July 5, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Ahh! Feel sorry for Pakistan because they're so desperately in need of setting up their own T20 tournament and lagging behind everyone else :)

  • on July 5, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    I don't get it, what's the point of having 8 foreign players in a short tournament in which only a maximum of 2 I think can be played during the match? Anyway, its good to see a handful of Bangladeshi players participating in the tournament may I wish the tournament a lot of success.

  • on July 5, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    where is sunil narine so dwayne bravo an pollard smh

  • r1m2 on July 5, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    I think India was onto something when they started this...

    the common belief is "too much of a good thing is bad" what they wanted was "good" another common belief was "t20 is bad" so Indians being very logical they arrived at the conclusion that "too much of a bad thing is good"

  • phendel on July 5, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Uva looks like a great squad...with Gayle, Gul, Franklin and the allrounder McDonald too.....lots of current players in this tourney while BPL had a lot of semi-retired cricketers

  • sonu77 on July 5, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Basnahira need some good local batting talents (Dilshan,Mathews,Thirimanne,Seram etc.)

  • on July 5, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    If Kandurata can pick mendis then for others sorry .com lol . Sunil Narine missing, reason?

  • cricfan500 on July 5, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Where is brendon Mcullum, mohammed hafeez, ab devillers,pollard,bravo,kallis,sunil narine,warner,lee... they all are big players in twenty20.

  • on July 5, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    apart fro ruhuna and nagenahira other teams got really good players, kadurata, wayamba and basnahira will rox and not to forget ruhuna

  • Keithnkin on July 5, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    A bold move by SLPL. Speaks volume for the rest of the world about IPL and the honchos.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on July 5, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Why no Ireland players? Paul stirling, Dockrell and Kevin O'Brien and others are better than many players in this list. ACtually they will be better crowd pullers than many players here. On top they can be bought for less price. Why is ICC not making a rule that there has to be 2 players from associates in each team. This is how game will become global.

  • on July 5, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Where is Shane Watson ..... ??

  • Stieprox on July 5, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    thats great to see so many pakistani players,its going to be fun

  • on July 5, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    i bet UVA will reach atleast semis looks like the strongest team in SLPL

  • on July 5, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Where is Shane Watson ....... ???

  • on July 5, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    I bet that Kandurata won the Draft lottery this time , they looks strong

  • TheRedox on July 5, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    On the paper i feel Ruhuna is the strongest with the likes of Malinga,Afridi and Levi.And Jayasuriya and Chandimal might come into the squad later.And Kandurata with the likes of Sanga,Morkal and spin duo Ajmal and Botha looks good.But my team Wayamba seems lack of icons.Hope some good SL players will be in it to support Mayya.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on July 5, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Where are the Indian players? Didn't they cancel last year's tournament because Indians won't be available? How will they do it this time?

  • on July 5, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Uthura oryxes got enaugh player.specially brendon,shakib,cooper are good buys.expecting this event.

  • cricinme on July 5, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Basnahira is the one I will support.

  • on July 5, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    when SHAHID AFRIDI has named as the Icon player for Negenahira, how can he included in the Ruhuna pool????????????????????????????????

  • on July 5, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    best team is kandurata because they having albie,ajmal and tanvir.... second best team is Uva only because of the gayle force

  • on July 5, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Nice to see pakistani players in the list of SLPL .. it would be gr8 contest among all the teams but feeling strange why kamran akmal not seleted as well as other players from pakistan squad....

  • on July 5, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    RUHANA LOOK SOLID TO ME.........UVA ALSO GOT SOME GUD HITTERS

  • asvirk on July 5, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    IPL & SLPL. in long run will overshadow English County cricket, once considered as a dream to play there for every International player.

  • Usmanpak55 on July 5, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    interesting that there is no sunil narine in any team.looks very strange.was he too expensive or no team picked him up.

  • TheRedox on July 5, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Shahid Afridi in Ruhuna? Earlier it said he's the icon player for Nagenahira!

  • nmdasaya on July 5, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    i really do think this will turn out to be a flop

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  • nmdasaya on July 5, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    i really do think this will turn out to be a flop

  • TheRedox on July 5, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Shahid Afridi in Ruhuna? Earlier it said he's the icon player for Nagenahira!

  • Usmanpak55 on July 5, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    interesting that there is no sunil narine in any team.looks very strange.was he too expensive or no team picked him up.

  • asvirk on July 5, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    IPL & SLPL. in long run will overshadow English County cricket, once considered as a dream to play there for every International player.

  • on July 5, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    RUHANA LOOK SOLID TO ME.........UVA ALSO GOT SOME GUD HITTERS

  • on July 5, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Nice to see pakistani players in the list of SLPL .. it would be gr8 contest among all the teams but feeling strange why kamran akmal not seleted as well as other players from pakistan squad....

  • on July 5, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    best team is kandurata because they having albie,ajmal and tanvir.... second best team is Uva only because of the gayle force

  • on July 5, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    when SHAHID AFRIDI has named as the Icon player for Negenahira, how can he included in the Ruhuna pool????????????????????????????????

  • cricinme on July 5, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Basnahira is the one I will support.

  • on July 5, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Uthura oryxes got enaugh player.specially brendon,shakib,cooper are good buys.expecting this event.