Sri Lanka news May 10, 2011

SLPL to add two more provinces later

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga has said two more provinces will be added to the Sri Lanka Premier League after the first few seasons. Seven provinces will be a part of the first tournament, with the Rajarata and Sabaragamuwa provinces the only ones of Sri Lanka's nine not to have a team. Ranatunga said their exclusion would not last long.

"We merely wanted to limit the number of teams to ensure competitiveness," he told the Daily Mirror. "So far, we have had only five teams in our domestic provincial tournaments. We added North (Uthura) and East (Negenahira) for this first tournament, and as we progress with it in the next few seasons, we will add the other two provinces as well."

The first edition of the SLPL, which will be played over 18 days starting at the end of July this year, will see all its matches played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo; this despite Sri Lanka having built two new stadiums, in Pallekele and Hambantota, for the recently concluded World Cup. Ranatunga explained logistical reasons meant only one stadium could be used for the tournament.

"We had to finish everything within two or three weeks. The logistics of playing the matches at various venues are too cumbersome. The players would also be tired if they have to travel heavily within a short period. So we had no option but to limit the tournament to Colombo."

Unlike the IPL and the new format of the Big Bash League in Australia, the SLPL will not feature city-based teams. Ranatunga said having provincial teams would allow an entire province to associate themselves with a team and thus create a bigger following for the tournament.

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  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    @Ramesh ..Try to be a Sri Lankan otherwise you can go to India..

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    I need to know the team players of Nekinahira (Eastern) and the selections. bcs local players (atleast 3 -4) to be added to the squad. Excellent movement from SLC and for country players (If distributed properly). As a sri lankan, we do not mind about the money, our vision is only future...... (As three times finalist)

  • Bhagya on May 11, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    @achi82000::Why you need naked women on the cricket field??????Sri Lankan crowd can have fun not looking at them.Papara band is our thing....Let's platy it and have a dance in the stands and have lots of fun.......That's our kind of cricket bro.....We are the best crowd among cricketing nations....We can have fun with out cheerleaders...They are such a distraction to this wonderful game......And by the way most of the SriLankans will not accept cheerleaders to dance.

  • Randika on May 10, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan: You do have a point mate.. But isn't that what domestic competitions are meant to be, below international level? The expectations from IPL franchises to be Int'l level because of all the glitz and glamor may have contributed to your dissapointment in their talent pool. But I for one feel that local lads need to be given exposure and even the jadeja's of this world can only improve their game with more exposure. So here's hoping SL will unearth more talent and provide a wider stage to hidden gems in the provinces!

  • H.g. on May 10, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Look like some of older people don't like cheerleaders .But we younger guys like them hands down..

  • sachit on May 10, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    @Jagath - nice name.... hope it's something other than SLPL which is a flat old name.

  • Dummy4 on May 10, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    the name of the league SLPL really sucks. how about "I Pro T20". ( I =Inter, Pro = Provincial T20)

  • Bhagya on May 10, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera::If you want to see half naked women go to a club...

  • Bhagya on May 10, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    @ Ramesh Dharshana Perera::I don't agree with you bro.We need cricket...Not cheerleaders+ cricket...We are Sri Lankans .So act like a Sri Lankan.I hope you understand me...

  • Sinha on May 10, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Great news. Hope to have a truly inter-provincial tournament with all 9 provinces in 1 or 2 seasons. I too agree with Sanga_N_Mahiya: please keep those tacky cheerleaders out of Sri Lankan cricket. I don't mind them in the IPL though hehe. I'm not a big fan of staging all the matches at the Premadasa either, they could've easily shifted at least some of the day games to the P. Sara and the SSC. I guess the main reason is money. SLC is no BCCI and can't afford to fly the teams all over the country for a few matches.

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