Sri Lanka news June 18, 2011

No Indians in SLPL, says BCCI

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The BCCI has denied permission to the 12 Indian cricketers who wanted to participate in the Sri Lanka Premier League. The decision was made after the players had asked the BCCI for No-Objection Certificates to play in the two-week long Twenty20 competition, starting on July 19. The SLPL will be run by a Singapore-based private company, Somerset Entertainment Ventures, which will issue the player contracts, something the Indian board believes could lead to complications for the players should disputes arise.

The decision, the BCCI said, was taken to protect the players from finding themselves in a tricky situation. "In the IPL the players are contracted by the BCCI, but the SLPL is offering contracts with the event management company," a BCCI official, who attended the tours and fixtures committee meeting on Saturday at which the decision was taken, added. "So, if there is any goof-up, Sri Lanka Cricket cannot be held accountable. As a result, the board [BCCI] would not like to take any chances."

"We took the decision at an informal meeting of 18-20 members held yesterday that no Indian cricketer will be given permission to take part in the league as it is being organised by a private party based in Singapore," the BCCI president Shashank Manohar told PTI on Sunday. "The board's policy is not to allow players to take part in private party-organised tournaments."

Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Manoj Tiwary, Saurabh Tiwary, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Manish Pandey and Paul Valthaty, reportedly, are the 12 Indians who had shown interest in playing the SLPL. The BCCI had earlier stated it had no problems with the proposed league and that Indian players are free to take part, as long as there is no conflict with India's international or domestic schedule.

The BCCI official also said the decision to prevent Indian participation in the league had nothing to do with the pressure applied by the SLC and the Sri Lankan Sports ministry in April and May to recall top Sri Lankan players participating in the IPL, ahead of Sri Lanka's England tour.

Reportedly, the SLC top brass were caught unawares by the Indian board's decision and called for an emergency committee meeting to discuss it. No SLC official was available for comment.

The SLPL will be played between July 19 and August 4 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Several foreign players including Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Shahid Afridi, Daniel Vettori, Kevin O'Brien and Herschelle Gibbs have already been signed for the tournament.

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  • adamgilchrist14 on June 21, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    I Think that is really harsh by the Sri Lankans who have done it because in IPL they let Sri Lankans Play.

  • muthuthewaves on June 21, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    malinga is never a threat to india once gambhir scored 5 fours in his single over and kohli hit 4 fours in one over. That reveals how worse he is against india. No sri lankan player is threat to india. Once mendis seemed to be an threat but in very short time things changed. Sl now fears to keep mendis in their side against india. Sehwag is far better than sanga nd jayawardena. If u see his test record its unbelievable. Only three players scored over 300. Its bradman lara nd sehawag. These r great names. Sehwag missed his third triple hundred 7 runs short. His strike rate in test cricket is above 80. That is better than many sri lankans odi strike rate. Sl is just an average team. They show their talent against minnows not to india.

  • Mitsui on June 21, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    @flyingmachinee: Erm I don't think you know how to use it. You look at the *in the particular country* stats and not the *vs* stats. Let me help you - Sehwag - Aus 59, Eng 39, NZ 20, SA 25, WI 51. Sanga - Aus 65, Eng 30, NZ 66, SA 39, WI 34. I took the outside sub record hence no SL, India, Bangladesh & Pakistan. Therefore except in England & WI Sanga has a much better test record than Sehwag and I am confused as to how you say that Sehwag is better than Sanga. Also in Malinga's issue, Malinga bowled pretty well and removed SRT & Sehwag early in the final. It was the dew that caused his grip and disabled him to bowl yorkers. Hence,I don't think it's correct to say that he was NEVER a threat. Of course, the dew was because of Sanga's decision to bat first so not India's fault.

  • flyingmachinee on June 21, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    @Mitsui India tackled malinga well in wc final ,malinga gave away 48 runs more than five runs per over and pickd 2wickets ..........tat doesnt mean he dominated ..........malinga is never a threat indian batsmans.........

  • flyingmachinee on June 21, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    @Mitsui yeah ofcourse mahela is a flat track bullie......no doubt in that ,as u told u can visit statguru and find it out .........he avgs around 30to40 in australia,england and southafrica........he avgs around 65 to 70 in srilanka and india?????wat do u call him????u comparing him wit sehwag......?sehwag avgs more than sanga and mahela (u can check that)sehwag avgs around 60 in australia,40 in england,52in westindies,44in newzealand,91in pakistan,73 in srilanka,6o in india.....................so u better get ur stats rite mitsui........sehwag is far better than sanga and mahela...........

  • flyingmachinee on June 21, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Bcci has done the rite thing.......i dont think slpl wll takeoff in near future...........

  • Mitsui on June 21, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    @muthuthewaves: Did I mention we deserve to win the fin ahead of India? no. India played smart cricket and Dhoni elevated himself up the order and played smartly while SLC decided to play give into politics and made stupid decisions that affected us and also India tackled all the bowlers except Malinga. So without a doubt India are deserved winners of the world cup, I'll even say they had tougher opponents during knockout stages. But my point is that I highly doubt India would've been successful if the world cup was not played in India or even SL for that matter. India struggles against quick, bouncy conditions as they are doing now in WI. True India is missing SRT, Sehwag but they have other batsmen and WI is missing Bravo & Gayle who are the core of the team. Yet India is stuggling against a team that has won only 1 test match since 2009. Don't overestimate India and @LSmith don't call others flat track bullies when your team consists majorly of flat track bullies.

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 21, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    @mitsui,india played their first match in bangladesh only.Hope u forgot about this..And india won the asia cup in srilanka last year...by the way India was 84/5 but the final score is 246.And india won the inagural world cup t20.yes they kicjed out in 2007 world cup but won in 2011,where as srilanka runners up in both world cup final.That says a lot.

  • muthuthewaves on June 21, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    We got knocked out in first round of wc 2007. No point in denyin it. I honestly agree but we came back very strongly and became champions of this world. But lanka came runners up in previous edition and they did the same in this edition too. This shows clearly lankans dont deserve to be champs.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 21, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    Wow... had no idea that fans had such strong loyalties towards their boards, probably even more e than their teams! LOL! :-p

  • adamgilchrist14 on June 21, 2011, 23:48 GMT

    I Think that is really harsh by the Sri Lankans who have done it because in IPL they let Sri Lankans Play.

  • muthuthewaves on June 21, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    malinga is never a threat to india once gambhir scored 5 fours in his single over and kohli hit 4 fours in one over. That reveals how worse he is against india. No sri lankan player is threat to india. Once mendis seemed to be an threat but in very short time things changed. Sl now fears to keep mendis in their side against india. Sehwag is far better than sanga nd jayawardena. If u see his test record its unbelievable. Only three players scored over 300. Its bradman lara nd sehawag. These r great names. Sehwag missed his third triple hundred 7 runs short. His strike rate in test cricket is above 80. That is better than many sri lankans odi strike rate. Sl is just an average team. They show their talent against minnows not to india.

  • Mitsui on June 21, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    @flyingmachinee: Erm I don't think you know how to use it. You look at the *in the particular country* stats and not the *vs* stats. Let me help you - Sehwag - Aus 59, Eng 39, NZ 20, SA 25, WI 51. Sanga - Aus 65, Eng 30, NZ 66, SA 39, WI 34. I took the outside sub record hence no SL, India, Bangladesh & Pakistan. Therefore except in England & WI Sanga has a much better test record than Sehwag and I am confused as to how you say that Sehwag is better than Sanga. Also in Malinga's issue, Malinga bowled pretty well and removed SRT & Sehwag early in the final. It was the dew that caused his grip and disabled him to bowl yorkers. Hence,I don't think it's correct to say that he was NEVER a threat. Of course, the dew was because of Sanga's decision to bat first so not India's fault.

  • flyingmachinee on June 21, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    @Mitsui India tackled malinga well in wc final ,malinga gave away 48 runs more than five runs per over and pickd 2wickets ..........tat doesnt mean he dominated ..........malinga is never a threat indian batsmans.........

  • flyingmachinee on June 21, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    @Mitsui yeah ofcourse mahela is a flat track bullie......no doubt in that ,as u told u can visit statguru and find it out .........he avgs around 30to40 in australia,england and southafrica........he avgs around 65 to 70 in srilanka and india?????wat do u call him????u comparing him wit sehwag......?sehwag avgs more than sanga and mahela (u can check that)sehwag avgs around 60 in australia,40 in england,52in westindies,44in newzealand,91in pakistan,73 in srilanka,6o in india.....................so u better get ur stats rite mitsui........sehwag is far better than sanga and mahela...........

  • flyingmachinee on June 21, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Bcci has done the rite thing.......i dont think slpl wll takeoff in near future...........

  • Mitsui on June 21, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    @muthuthewaves: Did I mention we deserve to win the fin ahead of India? no. India played smart cricket and Dhoni elevated himself up the order and played smartly while SLC decided to play give into politics and made stupid decisions that affected us and also India tackled all the bowlers except Malinga. So without a doubt India are deserved winners of the world cup, I'll even say they had tougher opponents during knockout stages. But my point is that I highly doubt India would've been successful if the world cup was not played in India or even SL for that matter. India struggles against quick, bouncy conditions as they are doing now in WI. True India is missing SRT, Sehwag but they have other batsmen and WI is missing Bravo & Gayle who are the core of the team. Yet India is stuggling against a team that has won only 1 test match since 2009. Don't overestimate India and @LSmith don't call others flat track bullies when your team consists majorly of flat track bullies.

  • mathewjohn2176 on June 21, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    @mitsui,india played their first match in bangladesh only.Hope u forgot about this..And india won the asia cup in srilanka last year...by the way India was 84/5 but the final score is 246.And india won the inagural world cup t20.yes they kicjed out in 2007 world cup but won in 2011,where as srilanka runners up in both world cup final.That says a lot.

  • muthuthewaves on June 21, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    We got knocked out in first round of wc 2007. No point in denyin it. I honestly agree but we came back very strongly and became champions of this world. But lanka came runners up in previous edition and they did the same in this edition too. This shows clearly lankans dont deserve to be champs.

  • SRT_GENIUS on June 21, 2011, 0:42 GMT

    Wow... had no idea that fans had such strong loyalties towards their boards, probably even more e than their teams! LOL! :-p

  • Mitsui on June 20, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    @muthuthewaves: by the way my friend, the 'real' heavyweights are doing mighty fine in WI I say. 84/5 against a team that has won only 1 test match in the last 3 years and is playing against their main players. Twice the pride, double the fall

  • Mitsui on June 20, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    @muthuthewaves: "Srilankans qualified fr wc finals coz they had their knock out matches in their home ground" Cant the same be siad about India mate? Infact I'll say India qualified into the 2nd round only because almost all their matches were played in India. I highly doubt India would've got past the 1st round if the matches were played in bouncy, moving conditions or even Bangladesh. We all remember how poorly India performed in t20 world cups in England and WI and how they got kicked out in 2007 WC in WI. They even lost twice in a row to Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe and lost to SL in a tri-series in Bangladesh. Pot calling Kettle black don't you think?

  • JohnSmith1950 on June 20, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    we're seeing how good India is at this very moment. 60/4 in against one of the worst possible bowling attacks. I feel sorry.

  • Afta on June 20, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    I heard that this year's IPL was a financial loss for the franchisees. Wonder how long its going to last.

  • muthuthewaves on June 20, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    no point in comparin sanga wit sachin. If sanga is a student in cricket sachin is an university. Srilankans qualified fr wc finals coz they had their knock out matches in their home ground. Wen it comes to india task is impossible for lankans watever the condition wherever the ground is. Check out the one day series took place between these teams in both home and away in last two years not even a single series is being won by lanka. Moreover sri lanka never won a test match in india. That shows how worse lankan team is. India r the real heavy weights

  • ash_symby on June 20, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    "BCCI is a political beast": John Wright

  • Mitsui on June 20, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela are flat track bullies? Excuse me but I recommend you visit cricinfo stat guru and then comment. In fact Sanga has a better record in Down Under than Tendulkar. If you are looking for flat track bullies look no further than for the likes of Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina etc. who are real flack track bullies. @ indianzen: I feel sorry for you mate. I really do. Good luck

  • SettingSun on June 20, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    @BElur Keshavaram - well, no. World Series Cricket was played between '77 and '79, so I've no idea what you're talking about.

  • muthuthewaves on June 20, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    dont think ipl wont last long... It is cricket's second most watched tournament all over the world next to cwc. Moreover it holds record of world's 2nd highest saleries paid for the players next to nba.. So Ipl wont lose it fame. So dont think like fools. Ipl hav produced lot of international players not only fr india but also for top countries such as oz, sa.. epl fr soccer nd ipl fr cricket. Tis is the truth..

  • on June 20, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    IPL is the Platform for Cricket 2100. Way back in 1980s World Series Cricket was started by Late Kerry Packer who was the owner of Channel 9. At that time Aus,WI,Eng, NZ were playing the leagues in Australia which was the beginning of Day/Night Cricket Match. Now D/N Cricket has become famous. Every Match is played with coloured clothing & white ball not with regular cricket ball which is played in tests. Now in IPL -Indian Premier League must be named as International Premier League. Indian Premier League players from different countries come & play for their respective franchises. Similarly even test matches will be played in future the same way Indian Premier League is played.Here the respective boards are responsible for the players. Just like RCB,CSK,RR who are the franchies in Indian Premier League it will be similar in International Premier League. Regarding Indian Players not participating in SLPL it is very sad. BCCI is playing a one sided game. Keshavaram 8722004477

  • on June 20, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    all out there have ur ears, any team which has indian players will be watched by billions so an an indian i dont want to waste my people money on some second rated country like srilanka,and for people saying ipl is flawed what is slpl? just another league aimed at indian people more than srilankans!

  • LSmith on June 20, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    Sampath_Lokuge, Sanga, and mahela are flat track bully, mahela only trives on dead tracks, and home conditions...

  • LSmith on June 20, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    Without India or Indian players SLPL will be one of those tournament where only crow watch on ground, and commercial less TV...

  • anver777 on June 20, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Can somebody answer this question............Is BCCI is dominating the world cricket or ICC ???????????? I think BCCI simply want to spoil SLPL & keep IPL intact for future in T20 arena.....

  • Kumar_NJ_USA on June 20, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    This is shameful..Being an Indian, all I can say is the BCCI is flexing it's muscles trying to main and intimidate the other boards. Is this really about private ownership or about infringing on BCCI's pet project, the IPL?

  • indianzen on June 20, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    everyone should fall at India's feet... no matter even it is other country boards... I love it... Jai ho india...

  • Jim1207 on June 20, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    VisBal, the point is BCCI also blames SL for the way slpl is going to be conducted. why criticize bcci for that?

  • on June 20, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    IPL and SLPL should stop it destory cricket.... player are playing for money not for the country.....the future for cricket dark ...........money take control

  • sharn72 on June 20, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    BCCI destroys world cricket. It's monopoly say hurts development of world cricket qualitatively and quantitatively. It's a shame that even most influential international cricketers do not voice against it. Seems like they are good with bat or ball but do not have that personality to come forward and talk for their countries and their cricket. or they are so greedy for money and they don't care about the future of cricket. Think about what Ranathunga did on that murali issue? He challenged AUS, ENG big guns in that time and protected not only murali but most importantly SL cricket. That is a real Legend of Cricket!

  • Harmony111 on June 20, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    @Tissa Senevirathne: Just to remind you that SLPL is a domestic league and not an international series.

    @Baundele: Some people said the IPL wont survive even the first year. And it is 4 years old already. Problem is that the SL board is not capabe ofa nything and yet wants to combat the one board that keep bailing the bankrupt SL board time and again. Why should BCCI care for SLPL when SLB was involved in jeopardizing IPL? And in any case, the SLPL contracts do not come from SLB itself. This is a very valid reason on its own forthe BCCI. I would like to see what Ranatunga and Tony Greig now have to say for BCCI. I can already see the sponsors pulling out of SLPL. I doubt if SLPL will go beyond its first year. DOOMED.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 20, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    As per some people IPL is bad and SLPL is good...and SL board was over smart to call all SL players back from IPL. They forgot that they cannot stand without the help of BCCI. Also, if any problem in future with signed players, the SCB will say they do not have any role in it and BCCI have to pay for it. So overall its a good decision.

  • Alexk400 on June 19, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Time for world league. BANISH IPL.

  • on June 19, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    very cheap decision. their poor mentality is exposed.

  • on June 19, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    now now people, stop being bitter. Try giving the option of International cricket or IPL to Sri Lankan crickeeters, I'm sure most would choose IPL. Less working days + big payday = easy choice. Now try forcing your Lankan players to choose SLPL. Then you can moan about IPL and BCCI.

  • Baundele on June 19, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    A wrong move by the BCCI. With PCB and SLC going against them, ICC will again be the puppet of the ECB-CA-NZC. The IPL is a temporary thing, it will not survive another 3 years. BCCI with all that power they have gained recently could do wonder in spreading cricket, freeing it from the older so-called aristocratic board. But they are doing even worse for cricket.

  • on June 19, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Haha...payback time.. Srilankan board acted toooooo smart and now they deserve this....Hear Hear BCCI....Pat on your back BCCI...!!!

  • on June 19, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    Well our good old willy Arjuna was right, if anyone recall when he was CEO SL Cricket he start putting stops to IPL interference. Though he was sacked unexpectedly and unexplainably, everything he said has become true. This is yet another example of BCCI interference with international cricket. Countries should have freedom to run cricket in the way the country wants not the way BCCI wants. We all know bullies in BCCI did to ICL (Kapil Dev's) original 20-20 leage. BCCI stole the idea of 20-20 from ICL and then twisted arms of players not to join ICL and there by killed ICL. In some points silly boards like SL Cricket fell in to that trap by banning players like Marvan, Russel Arnold because they played for ICL. SL Cricket now you know the real face of the beast. Time you start recognizing old and wise talent/advise from folks like Arjuna.

  • on June 19, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    if BCCI will not allow players to play for SLPL so 2012 IPL will be without srilankan players & pakistan players.....

  • abhipba on June 19, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    all srilankan r not digesting there world cup lose. so if there boarf not give them noc then kick the players back

  • on June 19, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    To me the 20/20 leagues in different countries makes no sense to me, for example, how can one player play for three teams, and say if two of his teams get knocked out of their domestic tournament he is allowed to play in the Champions League 20/20 for one of the teams that got through to the final! It's like Lionel Messi playing for FC Barcelona, then on the La Liga off season playing for another team in another league in the world! It's totally dumb!

  • Harmony111 on June 19, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    @VisBal:

    My context was the test matches. I thought all the talk was centered around it. After all, ppl expected Sanga and Mahela to attend the prep camp for the test series over IPL.

  • on June 19, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    This is just a clear case of the BCCI protecting India's cricket interest - they do not want any competition against their IPL; especially when it's one like the SLPL that is so close to them on the subcontinent. But I think that all the other Boards should just follow their suit and ban all players from participating in the IPL and all other such insular and selfish undertakings.

  • on June 19, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    so maybe no sri lankans in IPL 5 kochi and deccan start finalizing captains

  • Harmony111 on June 19, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs:

    Graeme Smith said something similar to what you said and realized that this Indian team is bloody good and truly the #1 test team. I would like to see your face after India have won this series against Eng.

  • euphony69 on June 19, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Iam Indian and i hate BCCI. They killed ICL and now ready to kill other similar organizations. With so much money BCCI failed to produce a world class pace bowler. BCCI did produced a world class gambler who is hiding in UK Iam glad Lankans standing up to BCCI. ICC must remove that "No Objection" certificate. Players must be allowed to play where ever they want

  • muthuthewaves on June 19, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    srilankan cricket board cant do anytin abt it. If they dont allow sl players to play in ipl everyone knows wat wil happen. They wil just quit international cricket nd play fr ipl. Moreover ipl wont get affect in the absence of sl players coz every team has strong bench strength of foreign players like du plesis theron southee tait oram etc. So ipl nd indian players wont lose their pride. If sl decide to avoid ipl then they hav to forget ipl. Lanka wil become the next pak of ipl.

  • VisBal on June 19, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    @ Jim1207: People do not necessarily blame BCCI for organising IPL. They blame BCCI for how IPL is conducted.

  • VisBal on June 19, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    @ Arvind Pai: The BCCI does not need to hold them at gunpoint, their contract does that. When SLC asked for the players to be released for Test duty, BCCI refused to let them leave more than 4 days before the series. If they had gone, they could be held for violation of contract.

  • VisBal on June 19, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    @ Harmony111: "did SL win anything before IPL?"

    Have you forgotten that they won the World Cup?

  • on June 19, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    This is much similar to what BCCI is doing with Pakistan

  • on June 19, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    its kinda jellos.....................................................................

  • SettingSun on June 19, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    @Rayer_Fernando - you're absolutely right the IPL is unique, but comparing it to Wimbledon and the Premier League is utterly laughable. After all, Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson won't be told they have to give away all but four of their players next season. On the world scale of great sporting competitions and leagues, the IPL is an utter joke.

  • Zaheerahmed on June 19, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    BCCI's big wigs in an attempt to make more money are bent upon destroying the wonderful game of cricket. The apparent fall out of this 180 degree turn by Indian politicians-cum-cricket administrators would be that SL cricket board would be under pressure by Sri Lankan public to not allow SL cricketers to participate in IPL next year. Some of them who are already in 30s and have just a few years of cricket left in them would rebel and might annouce early retirement and the eventual outcome would be plenty of dollars for IPL administrators and handful of cricketers but big loss to international cricket.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 19, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    I am certainly no hater of Indian cricket and thoroughly respect many of the Indian cricketers themselves. But this is such a hypocritical stance from the BCCI it is untrue. The BCCI is seriously starting to anger me now. It's one thing when you're a "bad" cricketer board and hurt only yourself, it's a whole different thing when your decisions affect world cricket so unanimously. It has to stop.

  • adith_thegod on June 19, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    oh no, BCCI, what have u done? Now Sharda Ugra will waste 10 inutes of our lives by writing an article about this decision of urs!!

  • athar.cricket on June 19, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    players in my view should not take chances.it should be the responsibility of the sri lankan cricket board to give contracts to the players when the tournament is being played in their nation. how could a foreign corporate company which has no experience of holding a tournament of such repute (involving star players) be trusted.

  • Sanjay_27 on June 19, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    While BCCI is often criticized rightly for several reasons, i feel that they are not wrong in this case for asking the SLC to take responsibility for the tournament and any goof off that occurs during it. Considering the fact that only 12 third rate Indian cricketers were interested in the tournament, it seems actually a waste of time when no Indian public (except for 12 indian families) were going to watch the tournament.

  • Jim1207 on June 19, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    People criticize if BCCI organizes T20 tournament as IPL. People criticize if BCCI stops Indian cricketers from going to SLPL.

  • johnathonjosephs on June 19, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    i love how the indians are criticizing Sri Lanka for doing under par in England, but have so much confidence that they will defeat England. England has been weak for many years (reason why India and Lanka won in England a couple years ago) and both teams underestimated this new STRONG England team. In my opinion, especially in their own conditions, England is the #1 Test team, and the only reason they are not #1 on the list is because they are making up for the last couple of years when they had a horrible Test run. Apart from Laxman, Dravid, and Tendulkar, I do not see any Indian batsman racking up runs and other than Zaheer Khan , I see no way India will bowl out England in seaming conditions. That being said, may the better team win and surely India will put up a better fight than Lanka

  • Baana on June 19, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    Good Decision taken by BCCI !!!! I was expecting the same. Indian Cricketers are rich in talents & stuff . They need to make sure that they ll not sign any other cricket leagues like SLPC etc!! since IPL T20 is spoiling the game.

  • on June 19, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Enough is enough...Now its HIGH TIME for SL C to BAN all Sri Lankan players to play IPL.

  • cric_fanatics on June 19, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    @rana2000..hahaha...funny comment dude but.if performance is the benchmark....keep afridi away from all this...he has brought glory to pakistan by taking them to n0.6 and 7...let him make enjoy thr...

  • Smithie on June 19, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Perhaps now SLC may vote for UDRS full international adoption in the forthcoming ICC Exec Hong Kong meeting as PAYBCK for this BCCI decision. Srinivasan's cement is clogging his brain and he needs a few good WAKE UP calls!

  • sjitendran on June 19, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    BCCI the Big broter is again taking stance for betterment of their own interests. They already demolihed the other one led by Kapil and demonised one of the biggest sons of India (Kapil) to play cricket. He was the first one to bring World cup to India and they did not even invite him in 2011 for recognition and celebrations. Now they are playing their game to denigrate and demolish neighbour competition. And they wonder why Indians are hated by neighbours. BCCI is the biggest bully in world cricket.

  • on June 19, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    what a bunch of weakilings these senior! indian cricketers are! why cant they stand up for this and the icc - the one that really started the IPL craze. But icc a la Kapil Dev was banned. The senior cricketers are just counting their money and wont stand up for cricket and its spirit. Sad....

  • on June 19, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Bangladesh is also planning a t20 topurnament next year.

  • lijihas on June 19, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    poor lankans...with out indian players and indian players supporters it will end in one season ......

  • on June 19, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    @Sampath_Lokuge LOL, really? Do you think BCCI held Sanga and Mahela at gunpoint, tied up their arms and legs, and threw them into the playground to play IPL? Don't be stupid. They decided to play IPL of their own will. If they gave preference to IPL over playing for SL, then why is it IPL's fault?

  • on June 19, 2011, 5:47 GMT

    BCCI z afraid of SLPL's popularity taking over IPL's fame... They have held a meeting to find a reason and they v got one... SL players should skip da IPL n let them learn da lesson...

  • Harmony111 on June 19, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    I love this. BCCI has many reasons for this. 1st is the stated 1 and they do have a point. 2nd is the outbursts by Ranatunga who forget that SLC depends on BCCI all the time and should not criticize them so much. 3rd is to nip out competition to IPL. All the SL fans were so far blaming the IPL for their poor performance in Eng but will the blame now shift to SLPL or will IPL continue to be the villain? The IPL is only 4 years old; did SL win anything before IPL? What is their excuse for that? If IPL was the reason for decimation in Cardiff then haven't the SL players gotten used to the conditions by the 3rd test? Or are they still in IPL mode? Fact is, SL is a poor test time and a competitive ODI and T20 team. Overranked SL would lose to Aus even now. Even Murali and Vass were not able to change their record abroad since others were just not up to it. I find it bemusing when SL criticize India and its #1 rank. INDIA PLAY BOUNCE MUCH BETTER THAN SL DO. Ha, Sangakkara and his big mouth.

  • harshacc on June 19, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Much as I would like to malign the BCCI for this, I think they have made the right choice.The contracts need to be with the SL cric board.If they get that right then BCCI should give the go ahead.A 3rd party business venture can lead to intransigent stances, and as they opposed ICL on this very basis they cannot seem to agree to this.An agreement between two boards can lead to give and take, however unlikely it is with BCCI

  • on June 19, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Simple Decision.Enough is enough don't send the Lankans to play in the IPL.PERIOD.

  • on June 19, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    The Stance of BCCIT "the board's policy is not to allow players to take part in private party-organised tournaments." Is ridiculous.They actually want to take revenge from SLCB,which asked its player for early return from IPL 2011,in order to prepare for upcoming England tour.

  • GayaOnline on June 19, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    This could well lead to a disaster! Players missing from SLPL won't be a problem since it has opportunities to make up with the missings before it starts.But if SLC respond this by withdrawing SL players from IPL it will create huge hole in IPL's heart!Beware!

  • on June 19, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    I rather suspect there is no "restraint of trade" legislation in India for this justification to suffice. Either that or the BCCI really doesn't think much of its players' intellect. (for the record I wish the many attempts at mega "domestic" t20 events should die a natural death)

  • anmn on June 19, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    If SLC wants to make money, they should do it based on their economy. Not by making Indian public pay for their coffers. Only reason SLC wants Indian players is to get Indian viewers, Indian advertisers and eventually Indian money. Every cricket board wants to hone in on Indian wealth. BCCI should get tough. They should start with sponsoring a website which will present balanced views, unlike cricinfo - which seem to be determinantly anti-BCCI, ergo anti-Indian.

  • maddy20 on June 19, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    All those accusing BCCI of non-sense, just think about it for a second. If some problem arises SLC will be helpless and the players will be caught in a legal tangle with Somereset entertainment don't know for how long. Players can't afford to risk so much for 10,000$

  • on June 19, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    great,they lost the england test series because of IPL now they can blame SLPL for losing a home t20 series against australia

  • pradeep_dealwis on June 19, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    @ Rayer_Fernando, the IPL is not the Wimbledon of cricket, the Ashes is. the IPL is like a homerun derby in MLB. Lots of fun. Nothing more. oh yeah. and lots of cash. On the other side. the SLPL is a domestic tournament and as many as local players should b there, not foreigners. of course these Indian players add FINANCIAL value to the tournament. but not a great deal of talent. Shoaib Akthar not coming should be a bigger issue, because the young SL players could have LEARN something from him. What will they learn from Munaf Patel? HA!

  • on June 19, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    Actually SLPL is better off without these Indian IPL puppies.. Why do you need them in the first place? Non of them have a regular place in the Indian side. None of them have performed well at the international stage.. They are just average cricketers made big by IPL.

  • 9ST9 on June 19, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    P.S - this will do the tournament no harm anyway any T20 tournament with Gayle and Pollard in it is worth watching

  • 9ST9 on June 19, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    BCCI has a simple strategy if they benefit from something they endorse it if not they try to ban. Reminds me of the ICL BCCI pulled the rug from under them copied the concept and everybody's gaga over the IPL. Where we live we call this dictatorship.

  • on June 19, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    BCCI,the funniest of all boards.they dont like DRS.now they dnt want a league in SL.when SLPL first show their program,they told that a singapore based compani is in charge to contract players.but after such a long time BCCI is finding a coz to prevent it and they use it as a cause.actually indian board is worried about ipl,they dnt want slpl to be successful.we see in current senario that CRICKET AND BCCI are two opposition.thanks to ALLAH not to make me a india supporter.i am happy to be bd and sl supporter.go slpl go...

  • on June 19, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    provided these guys should b exposd as they r young nd alsolikes of pathan nd tiwary for their international comeback...............

  • VisBal on June 19, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    There can only be one game around and that is mine.

    On a different note, it is actually better that the event is managed by a company and not directly by SLC. The less interference in day-to-day operations, the better. What BCCI means when they say, "if there is any goof-up, Sri Lanka Cricket cannot be held accountable" is that we cannot use strong-arm tactics against SLPL. The only recourse would be (gasp) the legal route.

  • --.-- on June 19, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    Shame on Sri Lanka Cricket Board. Were not Big Bash and IPL enough to spoil Cricket ?

  • on June 19, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    What exactly do the BCCI think will happen? I suspect there main concert is that this competition might be popular and rival the IPL. Bit of a shame that it is scheduled right in the middle of the England-India test series. Does anyone know if any (non-test) England players are playing?

  • on June 19, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    I will support the Inidan stance in this case but the decision should not be made in a hurry. Sri Lankan board should be totally accountable for the money thing. We will have to check if IPL contracts are given through BCCI but the players are paid by franchises, I think. Also, sri lankan board should confirm that they are responsible for the contracts. Also, the event managment company should have a contrat with SLC.

  • CricketChat on June 19, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    It's ridiculous!. How on earth BCCI can prevent players from making a living?. It should be left to players to choose. BCCI shouldn't act as their guardian unless these players are under their contract. I think the rest of the cricketing world will be desperate to clip BCCI's wings and rightly so.

  • on June 19, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    Well done, BCCI: The less the slap-and-bang disillusion of 20-20 cricket, the better it is for cricket.

  • samincolumbia on June 19, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    It's hilarious to read SL fans blaming IPL for Sri lanka's pathetic performance. They are yet to win a single test in India, Australia and SA and I am sure IPL/BCCI is responsible for that as well!! Not to worry though, with SLPL, Sri Lanka will regain it's former 'glory'!!

  • xenon555 on June 18, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Does anyone know how many teams there are?

  • Rayer_Fernando on June 18, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    HA HA HA>>>> All Creicket league can't be IPL. its unique as much as wimbledon and as much as all football Premier leagues.....! deccan & Kochi struggled in IPL 2011 because captaincy . Punjab struggled in 2010 IPL because captaincy. hope all you learn......... The Chennai Super kings the only team who had unchanged best captaincy IPL 4 years history.

  • alilone on June 18, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Srilanka losing to England had very little to do with IPL. Read the comments from Sanga and other re: red tapes etc in Srilankan Cricket. Stop blaming IPL for everything - these players need their share of the pie as well!

  • Meety on June 18, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    I actually partially agree with the BCCI on this, some of those guys should not be playing there, however others should be allowed. When a decision like this is made it is not a good look for BCCI!

  • KingOwl on June 18, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    From a cricketing point of view, losing these 12 would not mean anything - they are after all very much a mediocre bunch. But commercially, it will be important to get Indian particiption.

  • Sampath_Lokuge on June 18, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Well done BCCI.Srilanka lost Ingland test series because of IPL.Top playesr didn't participate tour practice games and hence top players (sanga and mahela) totalley out of form b'cos IPL.Now SLC wake up.

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  • Sampath_Lokuge on June 18, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Well done BCCI.Srilanka lost Ingland test series because of IPL.Top playesr didn't participate tour practice games and hence top players (sanga and mahela) totalley out of form b'cos IPL.Now SLC wake up.

  • KingOwl on June 18, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    From a cricketing point of view, losing these 12 would not mean anything - they are after all very much a mediocre bunch. But commercially, it will be important to get Indian particiption.

  • Meety on June 18, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    I actually partially agree with the BCCI on this, some of those guys should not be playing there, however others should be allowed. When a decision like this is made it is not a good look for BCCI!

  • alilone on June 18, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    Srilanka losing to England had very little to do with IPL. Read the comments from Sanga and other re: red tapes etc in Srilankan Cricket. Stop blaming IPL for everything - these players need their share of the pie as well!

  • Rayer_Fernando on June 18, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    HA HA HA>>>> All Creicket league can't be IPL. its unique as much as wimbledon and as much as all football Premier leagues.....! deccan & Kochi struggled in IPL 2011 because captaincy . Punjab struggled in 2010 IPL because captaincy. hope all you learn......... The Chennai Super kings the only team who had unchanged best captaincy IPL 4 years history.

  • xenon555 on June 18, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Does anyone know how many teams there are?

  • samincolumbia on June 19, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    It's hilarious to read SL fans blaming IPL for Sri lanka's pathetic performance. They are yet to win a single test in India, Australia and SA and I am sure IPL/BCCI is responsible for that as well!! Not to worry though, with SLPL, Sri Lanka will regain it's former 'glory'!!

  • on June 19, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    Well done, BCCI: The less the slap-and-bang disillusion of 20-20 cricket, the better it is for cricket.

  • CricketChat on June 19, 2011, 1:49 GMT

    It's ridiculous!. How on earth BCCI can prevent players from making a living?. It should be left to players to choose. BCCI shouldn't act as their guardian unless these players are under their contract. I think the rest of the cricketing world will be desperate to clip BCCI's wings and rightly so.

  • on June 19, 2011, 2:18 GMT

    I will support the Inidan stance in this case but the decision should not be made in a hurry. Sri Lankan board should be totally accountable for the money thing. We will have to check if IPL contracts are given through BCCI but the players are paid by franchises, I think. Also, sri lankan board should confirm that they are responsible for the contracts. Also, the event managment company should have a contrat with SLC.