Sri Lanka Premier League 2013 July 16, 2013

SLPL franchises miss fees deadlines

The Sri Lanka Premier League has been thrown into uncertainty after the tournament failed to secure fees from its franchises, less than a month from its scheduled start date. Somerset Entertainment Ventures (SEV) CEO Sandip Bhammer, whose company is the marketing partner for the tournament, confirmed that not all franchises have paid their tournament fees, despite having breached two deadlines. Neither Bhammer or tournament director Ajit Jayasekara would comment on how many franchises had paid their fee.

The tournament draft was originally scheduled to take place on July 14, but was postponed by six days to allow the franchisees more time to pay. The second deadline of July 16 is also now likely to pass with at least some franchise fees outstanding. Each of the eight franchises are due to pay USD $4.33 million a year on average to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), in order to take part in the tournament. They also sustain operational costs in addition to that payment.

"SLC have made it clear that unless the franchises pay, they will not be able to take part in the draft," Bhammer said. "The state of it at the moment is that the SLC executive committee will meet on Wednesday and decide on what will happen. As far as SLC and SEV are concerned, we are ready."

The franchises' original contract with SLC had been for a period of seven years, but they had applied to have that extended to 15 years earlier in the year, amid fears the franchises would not be able to recover their costs in that time. All eight franchises, and SEV, are understood to have made a loss from the first season, while SLC achieved a profit.

"We will know more after the executive committee meeting tomorrow," Jayasekara said. "I will be presenting the situation to them then, and making the details known after that."

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • manjula on July 17, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    SA's are already in here. SLC!!! take the pride of canceling the SLPL and arranging at least a test match or two with SA. At the end of the day SLC will in better place.

  • Alefiya on July 17, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Can't believe they cancelled a test series for this 20/20 garbage! Sigh... At least it's done with! Shame SLC is none the wiser... about anything!

  • mark on July 17, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    All eight franchises, and SEV, are understood to have made a loss from the first season, while SLC achieved a profit..!!!!!.... finally SLC has succeded making profit...ohh this is a miracle.. SLC ha s made a profit...after their 2011 WC they may want to continue this SLPL... i too think this is useless for SL cricket... better stop this aand concentrate on improving condition of the game and insfrastructure.. playing ,ore test and finding real talent which SL team is lacking compared to its predecessors...

  • Dummy4 on July 17, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Sri Lanka cancels a test series against South Africa for this the tournament is in doubt.....and also no test series. Was all about the greed for the SL administrators! So sad that the game is not at the front of the pecking order of importance :(

  • Shamalka on July 17, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    @dragster21: Agree with you 101%

  • R on July 17, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    Lets just scrap this no show tournament which never seems to lift off the ground and replace it with some decent first class cricket. It will do our cricketers a world of good. Get them to improve their techniques, take the test format seriously and hopefully have a chance of lifting the next WC. its obvious what IPL has done to Thissara. There are other players like chandimal and thirimanne who need a chance to express themselves in longer formats than just be dashers. Look at our test ranking.. quite pathetic. The SL cricket board clearly has no pride in this. Their only intention is to earn a few dollars here and there by cancelling test matches and replacing them with ODI series with india and then what happens we get smashed in the finals by the same team. This situation is potentially brewing into a dangerious problem for SL cricket. Sliding down the ranks, no real talent coming up to replace the aging seniors. There is only so much the fans can take before they give up interest.

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