Sri Lanka news June 18, 2011

No Indians in SLPL, says BCCI

ESPNcricinfo staff

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 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 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 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

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