Sri Lanka Premier League 2011 May 12, 2011

Sri Lanka Premier League begins July 19

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have confirmed the dates for the first edition of the Sri Lanka Premier League will be from July 19 to August 4, 2011. The seven provinces will play 24 matches over the 18 days, all of which will be telecast live globally. That suggests a format in which all the teams will play each other once in a league stage, before two semi-finals and a final.

Each team will only be allowed five overseas players in their squad, of which only four can be named in the XI. Several foreign players including Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Shahid Afridi and Herschelle Gibbs have already been signed for the tournament.

SLC also unveiled the team names for the provinces. The seven teams will be: Basnahira Bears, Kandurata Kites, Nagenahira Nagas, Ruhuna Rhinos, Uthura Oryxes, Uva Unicorns and Wayamba Wolves. The board plans to add two more provinces to the tournament within three years.

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  • Nami on May 15, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    For theforeign fans who follow (if any) Basnahira = Western, Nagenahira Nagas = Eastern Snakes, Wayamba = North Western, Uthuru = North, Kandurata = Up country (central) Ruhuna = a southern province, Uva = Provincial name

  • sri on May 15, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    I can only pronounce Uva Unicorns and Wayamba Wolves LOL.

  • Mark on May 15, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Who said IPL is to promote cricket. In India we treat IPL is like festival time for our people to go out nd njoy watching some cricket, nd the players r also enjoying it due to the fact that it is not only cricket, the players r also enjoying life. parties all night with bollywood stars, music, dance. so for people who think IPL is to promote cricket they r wrong.

  • sachit on May 15, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    @Pri Kand - LOL. good one. .But i hoped SLC would consider Lara who has expressed willingness to make a T20 comeback Arguably the most popular overseas player in sri lanka for over a decade - he would have been a star attraction, The following players have been signed up according to reports:

    Australia: David Warner, Shaun Tait, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Christian. Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal. India: Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Manish Pandey, Manoj Tiwary, Munaf Patel, Paul Valthaty, Praveen Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Saurabh Tiwary, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar. Ireland: Kevin O'Brien. New Zealand: Daniel Vettori. Pakistan: Imran Nazir Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz. South Africa: Albie Morkel, Herschelle Gibbs, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Makhaya Ntini. West Indies: Chris Gayle Danza Hyatt, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard.

  • fazal on May 14, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    hi this is fazal aziz from pakistan , i appreciate SLPL and i m extremely sm 1 esp SL came up with that idea , i would advice SLCB not to repeat IPL mistakes in this tournament otherwise it ll lose its credibility like IPL did , it should be short to keep the thrill and the team members frm the start should not mingled with other provinces later , coz this reduces recognition of a team for its fans . i am also happy that we ll see champs team stars BOOM BOOM Afridi , PiNDI EXPRESS Shoaib akhter and Yorker GUl back in action. SL is better place to watch cricket .... due its cleaness , silence and wellcoming crowd.... go SL go....

  • Goutham on May 14, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Foreign Commentators (If there are any) will have a rreally tough time pronouncing some of these team names. I being an Indian with similar names like the Srilankans am having difficulty in pronouncing those names. Good luck, Pommi, Jackers and co.

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Im going for Uva unicorns just because of the name!!

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Wow, I'm counting my fingers for the great opening day. I can't imagine the lovely atmosphere that will be in SriLanka during that half a month period. It's good that it's short, otherwise it will get boring as IPL. I hope to see some more Aussies, English players and Bangladeshis. The names are great and more realistic compared to super kings. Definitely this will be great success.

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    if the Teams Get their Players according 2 their Original whereabouts Ruhunu Rhinos wil b a Nightmare 2 othrs. Sana,Tharanga,Mali,Suraj,De Saram,Suranga Lakmal,Chandimal etc etc. I hope all these players & rest wil b divided in a fair manner bt vn all 7 teams -bt what bothers me is 4 Wht team is JEHAN moo BARAK wil b playing...???

  • kannan on May 14, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    I fell those team must come from North and east to develop the Tami's cricket also

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