Sri Lanka news June 5, 2010

Sri Lanka plans Twenty20 league with foreign players

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.....

  • fato on June 6, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    too much 2020,the youngsters are being spoilt

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.....

  • fato on June 6, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    too much 2020,the youngsters are being spoilt

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on June 6, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    It would be another big failure like IPL. Indian team has now become a street E class team. Did you forget it's terrible defeat in T20 WC where they surrendered to opposite teams sheepishly. The drama is at the beginning as India has continued losing matches to the lesser experienced teams like Zimbabwe. It will be in continuation as India has determined to lose almost all matches in future in all major events like Asia Cup and World Cup. Finally India will be at respectable place in ranking i.e., just at the head of Bermuda and Ireland........hehehehehehehehe

  • on June 6, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    @ Jarr30..

    Well at least Pakistanis got some good talent compared to Indians these days i guess. Anyway thats a complete different story. Being a big fan of srilankan cricket i am confident Aravinda will put it right.We simply DON`T WANT A TOURNAMENT LIKE IPL.We want a tournament where we can groom a good crop of younger players. We all saw how the so called IPL MOVIE STARS performed in Zimbabwe and in West-Indies.. I Feel sorry for Indians because when you look at there line up of new guys who INDIA and IPL rate highly, Murali vijay, ashok dinda, priygan ohja, naman ohja, vinay kumar, ravi ashwin, manish pandey, ravindra jadeja and co are simply just not good enough to play at the international level. Take yesterdays match for an example and the young Dinesh chandimal who is only 20 years old who scored a century with ease against these IPL MOVIE STARS as if he is toying a U 17 bowling attack. IPL is big with money and fame but all as Srilankans we need is QUALITY.

  • Rosh1 on June 6, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    @ Sinaha... I would not disagree with you. I wanted to make the exact statement untill I saw your comment. I mean... how come Arvinda talk about a structure of a domestic tournament. That has to come from the technical committe and not the chief of selectors.

  • Partha25 on June 6, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    I hate that idea. Every one seems to follow India. Its not good. Look at india their international performance is decreasing day by day. Players more interested performing in IPL then olaying for their country. Specialy when world cup is knocking at the door. Its better to concentrate on it rather than those sort of innovatives harmful ideas. Its harmful because it will some how shift the concentration of young stars from performing in big stage to just short cut ways to make money. Besides T20 is not all that good as well. It will effect on SL's test and ODI performances as well. We all love Aravinda. So we all hope he will do his assigned duty sincirely rather than something else..

  • Lees_Legends on June 6, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    "Viewers have short attention spans". Thanks for the compliment.

  • on June 5, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    Hmmmm with this plan there will be happen good things and bad things.. for younger cricketers.. When its come to money matters should be some limit for local players.Others wise it will be like SOME OF THE IPL KIND OF PLAYERS will be in national squd.. who plays for money. when its come to international matchs they cant profoam.. like yusu patahn from india.

  • CricketPissek on June 5, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    the less we try to emulate the IPL, the better. but this may be good news for sri lankan domestic players as well as foreigners who would want to develop their cricket on spin-friendly wickets. it may not have the glitz and glamour of the IPL, but that hopefully means people can concentrate on the cricket and produce a high quality tournament.

  • Jarr30 on June 5, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Great news!! Go ahead with your plans. I am sure apart from Sri Lankan players you guys can include players from Afganistan and out of jobs Paki players. Rats are trying to become elephant. hahahaha.

  • Sinaha on June 5, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    Here we go, now your job is to select, not make bold new plans for cricket tournaments. Stop this T20 thrash. This is how everyone gets cross-wired and then donkey start doing cows workload. Aravinda, just stick to your role and let the SLC do the planning.

  • on June 5, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Too much to T20s ruins the cricket on whole..... i personally appeal all head of the cricketing body to limit the t20s to keep other forms of game alive n popular...u al r experts than us.. its needles to suggest u in this regard. hopefully our wish becomes success...

  • lucyferr on June 5, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    OMG... is that what he looks like now? No way! Aravinda has totally lost his silhouette!

  • CricketPissek on June 5, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    it should be exciting. i hope this means there's a better chance of sri lankan domestic tournaments being shown on international television :) bring in the big names and SkySports might want a piece of that pie!

  • Srikolith on June 5, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    it's boring 2 see so many t20 matches. t20 is the most attractive format of cricket, but we also love ODI & test too. We want 2 see real cricket.I'm not saying this is a bad idea(aravinda's). But this should be a short tournament.

  • on June 5, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Good idea but should never follow IPL.. Should always make the players to play for the team and betterment of cricket not for money and fame.. Also we should not have placid batting tracks like it was in IPL.. it should be a fair contest between the ball and the bat..

  • lucyferr on June 5, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    This is fantastic news! With T20 leagues around the world, it'll be possible for more cricketers to make a living at club level instead of relying on the vagaries of national selectors. As for all those complaining that it's endangering longer forms of the game - how many spectators does a multi-day match attract at club level? No matter what you purists want, at the end of the day what matters is what kind of sporting event can attract crowds, especially families, at domestic level. If Tests deserve to survive, they will. (I won't mourn if they don't.) If ODIs want to survive, they'll become two T20 innings. And yes, I'm sure the BCCI will do everything in their power to destroy this league - it's just a question of how much power they have, especially since any individual in the BCCI/IPL setup showing too miuch power will be brought down like Modi. In any case, if this league's matches are broadcast on YouTube, I'm for sure gonna watch them... if there are NO cheerleaders.

  • diwal on June 5, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    hey it gonna rockkkkkkkk bt make sure dat Jaysurya plays

  • ARad on June 5, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Aravinda De Silva was a terrific player but his statements about the ODI World Cup selection and sagging of Test cricket are quite troubling. A good leader should see how things can be improved rather than jumping on the latest bandwagon. After he finishes making all this inane statements, I hope he will say something about how he is going to approach the Sri Lankan team in the longer format? (And, why is the chief selector talking about it?)

  • bishpera on June 5, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    There is plenty of talk about overdose of T20. What it has done is it has brought in the new generation to the game.I would watch even a test match with BAN Vs ENG. But my two kids who are Sri Lankan 7 & 5 knows about IPL.T20 has made them take to the game. If T20 did not come around I am pretty sure in 20 years from now I would not have been watching any cricket on TV. Purely because the new generation would not have taken to Cricket. During the golden days there were banks and mercantile firms looking to recruit cricketers or sportsman. it is not the case now. Therefore; this is in the right direction. Cricket in SL too should be a career to earn a decent living. Only thing is that, young and upcoming cricketers say below 22 or who have not played two full seasons of domestic cricket should not be allowed to play T20. No selections should be done based on T20 performance. This is what has happened to India.

  • on June 5, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    its simply "The Destruction of Test Cricket" :(...sad...

  • Dhushan on June 5, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Please don't overplay T20 cricket because Test cricket still IS & SHOULD be the pinnacle of all cricket. Please keep it to a limit. The biggest question that I have is whether the teams or the board can afford to pay for foreign players. the Sri Lankan cricket board definitely is not 1 of the richer cricket boards out there.

  • wanderer1 on June 5, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    I am absolutely sure that you will find the full support and backing from Pakistan and its cricketers. Try including a few of them and you'll find lots of viewers watching from Pakistan and more interest around the world. They should also be the easiest group of players to acquire, especially with so many other foreigners contracted to IPL teams.

  • vimal001 on June 5, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    WELL GOOD PLAN BY SRILANKA .THIS BRING THE MONEY GLAMOUR AND SCOPE WORLDWIDE . BUT THEY TRY TO LOOK FOR THE GOOD TIMING THAT SHOULD NOT BE CLOSE TO ANY ICC GLABAL TOURNAMENT OTHERWISE THIS STEP WILL HEAVILY BACKFIRE

  • motayyab on June 5, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    play with own playes look what happand to india

  • 9ST9 on June 5, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    @Mukund- Are you seriously suggesting that SL intend to challenge the IPL? I beleive they do not emulate the IPL- look what it did to India at the world T20. It should be a tournament with quality cricket and not a vulgar road show.

  • topspeed55 on June 5, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    I am already bored of too much of Twenty20 Cricket. I won't be surprised when all countries will start realising that this format is instead affecting the discipline, Skill and temprament of the players. The more you commercialize this more money flows and what follows money is corruption. I wish its not too late. I really feel sorry for my favorite game on the death bed

  • 9ST9 on June 5, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    A very good and timely initiative to uplift the game in Sri Lanka. The public have a good apetite for the game as they demonstrated by filling the stands during the Inter provincial T20 final, a rare sight in a domestic game in Sri Lanka.The rapid advance of T20 means it could become the globally recognised format in years to come. However SLC should take care NOT to base this competition on the IPL and rather like the Restructured Big-bash in AUS where there are teams and not franchises. Furthermore T20 should not be adulterated with vulgar side shows such as cheer leaders and the sort. The sport is exciting enough to survive without it.

  • on June 5, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    sri lankan fans love t20 cricket.But over play of t20 cricket might destroy the interest for test cricket in sri lanka.so plz make sure the tournament is short.

  • on June 5, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    good luck. sri lanka will need it against the might of the IPL

  • on June 5, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    lets not play odi and test. every country should have its own t20 league. what is going on here. england,india,australia,south africa all have t20 leagues and now lanka. what an idea. rubbishh

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  • on June 5, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    lets not play odi and test. every country should have its own t20 league. what is going on here. england,india,australia,south africa all have t20 leagues and now lanka. what an idea. rubbishh

  • on June 5, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    good luck. sri lanka will need it against the might of the IPL

  • on June 5, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    sri lankan fans love t20 cricket.But over play of t20 cricket might destroy the interest for test cricket in sri lanka.so plz make sure the tournament is short.

  • 9ST9 on June 5, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    A very good and timely initiative to uplift the game in Sri Lanka. The public have a good apetite for the game as they demonstrated by filling the stands during the Inter provincial T20 final, a rare sight in a domestic game in Sri Lanka.The rapid advance of T20 means it could become the globally recognised format in years to come. However SLC should take care NOT to base this competition on the IPL and rather like the Restructured Big-bash in AUS where there are teams and not franchises. Furthermore T20 should not be adulterated with vulgar side shows such as cheer leaders and the sort. The sport is exciting enough to survive without it.

  • topspeed55 on June 5, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    I am already bored of too much of Twenty20 Cricket. I won't be surprised when all countries will start realising that this format is instead affecting the discipline, Skill and temprament of the players. The more you commercialize this more money flows and what follows money is corruption. I wish its not too late. I really feel sorry for my favorite game on the death bed

  • 9ST9 on June 5, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    @Mukund- Are you seriously suggesting that SL intend to challenge the IPL? I beleive they do not emulate the IPL- look what it did to India at the world T20. It should be a tournament with quality cricket and not a vulgar road show.

  • motayyab on June 5, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    play with own playes look what happand to india

  • vimal001 on June 5, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    WELL GOOD PLAN BY SRILANKA .THIS BRING THE MONEY GLAMOUR AND SCOPE WORLDWIDE . BUT THEY TRY TO LOOK FOR THE GOOD TIMING THAT SHOULD NOT BE CLOSE TO ANY ICC GLABAL TOURNAMENT OTHERWISE THIS STEP WILL HEAVILY BACKFIRE

  • wanderer1 on June 5, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    I am absolutely sure that you will find the full support and backing from Pakistan and its cricketers. Try including a few of them and you'll find lots of viewers watching from Pakistan and more interest around the world. They should also be the easiest group of players to acquire, especially with so many other foreigners contracted to IPL teams.

  • Dhushan on June 5, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Please don't overplay T20 cricket because Test cricket still IS & SHOULD be the pinnacle of all cricket. Please keep it to a limit. The biggest question that I have is whether the teams or the board can afford to pay for foreign players. the Sri Lankan cricket board definitely is not 1 of the richer cricket boards out there.