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Sri Lanka plans Twenty20 league with foreign players

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June 5, 2010

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Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lanka's new chairman of selectors, at a press conference, Colombo, May 31, 2010
The move is also an attempt to attract overseas sponsorship, Aravinda de Silva has said © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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Sri Lanka Cricket is planning to revamp its domestic Twenty20 tournament by allowing foreign players to participate, Aravinda de Silva, the board's newly-appointed chief selector has said. The move was also an attempt to attract overseas sponsorship, he added.

"This (new) Inter-Provincial League will create opportunities for players, spectators and viewers and raise scope for foreign advertisers to reach a much wider audience," de Silva was quoted as saying by AFP.

The current Inter-Provincial Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka comprises six teams, with Wayamba the reigning champions. In 2008, the governing body for rugby in Sri Lanka allowed foreign players to feature in domestic competitions.

de Silva admitted the move to include foreign players was part of the trend set in motion by the IPL. "With IPL, the Twenty20 format went a step further," he said. "Just when Test cricket was sagging, IPL was formed three years back. The whole dynamics changed. Boundaries were cleared and players were merged from across the globe to form teams.

"Viewers now have short attention spans. They want to see quick results," de Silva said. Sri Lanka Cricket is expected to announce the new structure soon.

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Posted by   on (June 8, 2010, 6:02 GMT)

i wonder why Jayasuriya is not retiring 'cause he is a member of MP. even i have observed in the 20/ world cup- the captain sanga did not talk so much with him 'cause he did not do the job. sri lanka had gone to final if Jayasuriya wasn't play at semi-final. he is really aging- no form at all. even i watched cricket when Sanath was playing on behalf of IIf award. he was out sanga's bowl. he even could not complete the smaller boundary. what i mean is that he should not select Asia cup- give youngster a chance. what i think everybody is afraid of him 'cause he is an MP even selector community.

Posted by satyasainvs on (June 7, 2010, 4:56 GMT)

I would like to ask all cricket board why you sponsoring 20-20. Are you doing business with the players? I don't think this would help grooming players a career path. Now a days cricket players are like Instant Coffee. Play few matches and disappear suddenly by injuries. Now a days watching cricket is boring. No fighting spirit shown by any of the players. Match outcome can tell by seeing few overs. Not surprising.

Posted by maxus on (June 7, 2010, 4:53 GMT)

The idea seems to be good..Aravinda you were one of the world cup winning heroes, with whom the cricketing public of Sri Lanka placed their hopes. Now you are sitting in one of vital positions in Sri Lanka and even now the public expect a lot from you. Thus we hope your selection will be based on regardless of race, color, religion, geography and most importantly hope you don't succumb to political pressure. Let the talented be a part of the playing 11 and as you have told not don't select the 11 based on experience and no loyalty and/ or favoritism should not come in when selecting the team. Cricket is a spot that brought pride and recognition to mother Lanka and it is your duty now to take it forward for the sake of the Sri Lankan Cricket crazy public. Good Luck to you

Posted by   on (June 7, 2010, 3:47 GMT)

I think Aravinda is correct. As a past cricketer, he knows what are the areas to be improved in Sri Lankan cricket. I like to make another suggestion to his thought. Mean while we are allowing foriegn cricketers, we need to introduce various kinds of pitches for LOCAL cricket which are pretty simmilar to Australian, South African, etc. pitches. Then our cricket will be further improve.

Posted by ShahzanHaiderBukhari on (June 6, 2010, 17:12 GMT)

@Ashker Enoon! Brother I totally agree with you that IPL is just like a drama of fools. The way Chandimal thrashed Indian bowlers,it seemed to me as if he was playing with kids. I bet and wish that the so-called top ranking India will revive the same sort of 'grandeur' there at Asia Cup and World Cup 2011. Just wait and see.....

Posted by fato on (June 6, 2010, 16:40 GMT)

too much 2020,the youngsters are being spoilt

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 15:42 GMT)

Go ahead with your innovative ideas.I believe money spinning is not behind your thinking.Your foremost duty is to clearup cricket for the political interferance and helping players like Chandimal to establish in the team.We have a long way to go.It is shame that in front of a wider global screen expired players like jayasuriya is playing and talented youngsters like Chandimal is watching him getting out cheaply and struggling in the field due to his age related decline.Every good thing is coming to an end.The greats like Bradmon,Sobers and Lara left cricket when their time came and why Jayasuriya is considered as an exception is difficult to comprehend.Only explanation is influence from the politicle circles to keep him in the team for their own benefit.This would very soon boomerang to the so called politicians as people may runout of patience when the team is limping.Please standup against injustice.We will respect you more for that.No political interference for the team selection.

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 14:35 GMT)

Do it Mr.Aravinda.But never ever get examples from India.We saw how talented they were when 20 yrs old Chandimal thrashing them and how pure was their IPL thanks to Mr Modi.Take it "Jarr30". Do it our way,as we all know we have something different from sub-continent.Arn't we?

Posted by   on (June 6, 2010, 13:34 GMT)

Please don't do that.it will kill our cricket. plase continue young school player to to playt20. don't sell our cricket Ara. Be honest with u.

Posted by CricketPissek on (June 6, 2010, 12:42 GMT)

people seem to think aravinda is trying to introduce a NEW tournament. read the article properly! he just wants to introduce foreign players in the already running inter provincial tournament. english county cricket has been doing this for decades! sure, the IPL may have been a reminder, but there's no way that SLC has the money to make it anything like it. Which i think is a good thing! if it improves Sri Lankan cricket, then it's an excellent idea.

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