Sri Lanka news June 19, 2011

SLC rejects Indian board's claim over SLPL

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has rejected the BCCI's claim that the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) is a private-party organised tournament, saying that the SLPL is owned and approved by SLC - and so, automatically, by the ICC - and that Singapore-based Somerset Ventures only owns the commercial rights to the tournament. The BCCI had on Saturday said it would not allow Indian players to participate in the tournament on the grounds that it was a privately-run event but the reality is that there is little difference between the SLPL and the BCCI-run IPL.

"This tournament is approved by SLC," its secretary Nishantha Ranatunga told ESPNcricinfo. "And Somerset are the marketing arm, having won the rights through a tender process. Nobody can say it is owned by Somerset."

Somerset is responsible for the logistics and marketing of the tournament, a role similar to the one IMG plays for the IPL. And unlike in the IPL where the teams are owned by private franchises, it is SLC that owns the seven teams in the tournament and will determine which players are assigned to which teams, thereby giving them a substantial degree of control over the event.

The BCCI had initially stated it had no problems with the proposed league and that Indian players were free to take part, as long as there was no conflict with India's international or domestic schedule. However, on Saturday came the board's announcement denying permission to the 12 Indian cricketers who'd sought No-Objection Certificates to participate in the SLPL on the grounds that it is Somerset who would be handling the contracts for international players, and that could lead to complications for the players should disputes arise.

That sudden volte face has left SLC "surprised and hurt", Ranatunga said, and the board will be meeting on Monday to discuss how to tackle the situation. "We need to explain the matter to the BCCI and whatever the concerns that they have, we need to give them an explanation. It is very important to have them [Indian players] as they add a lot of value and glamour to the tournament."

However, when asked whether he was hopeful a solution could be found, Ranatunga said, "I really don't know. We will have to wait and see."

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.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on June 22, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    I really dislike the way the BCCI is handling world cricket. No it's not the ICC, BCCI is the de facto leader of cricket.

  • dummy4fb on June 22, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    shame on bcci, no board should send players to ipl if the bcci stand is this.

  • Laserwheel on June 22, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Jealousy of the year - BCCI

  • dummy4fb on June 20, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    I think BCCI is doing the correct things in this situtation

    some facts, as BCCI says...

    1. We don't know who is organising it, we are yet to get formal papers about the event. 2. We have only been reading about the SLPL in the newspapers, and about the fact that there are players from India who want to take part in it. 3. Till date though, we haven't received any official letter from the Sri Lankan board. 4. There is no authentication about the tournament so far," a top official said on the condition of anonymity 5. The BCCI, also, are miffed because they weren't the first to know that the private company has been negotiating with players from both India and abroad, and earning a commission to represent players in SLPL.

    Even during the fourth season of the IPL, the BCCI had cut the wings of agents who tried to convince player to represent a certain franchise by procuring a tri-party contract.

    6. "Also, the Sri Lankan board is not an elected board, they are run by the government

  • Alexk400 on June 20, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    What we need is WORLD LEAGUE. 2-4 matches in different city every week. for4 months. rest is filled by world test cricket tournament. That can shut down IPL and bring money to other boards.

  • HAKF5 on June 20, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Shame on BCCI . BCCI will be isolated very soon by other cricket boards if they fail to work with other nations.

  • chrisgus on June 20, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    it should be the players decision not the bcci's

  • SHEKSHEKSHEK on June 20, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    BCCI absolutely right. SLPL is looks like selling the players third party. The third party not in SL and sold to Singapore. This will cause lot of issue. Each country have own law It might going to create problems. Because these games not controlled by ICC

  • swisstar on June 20, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    ridiculous .. shame on BCCI

  • bobbo2 on June 20, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    BCCI is doing everything it can to ruin world cricket. Even the IPL is a joke and as a mad cricket fan I couldn't care less about it - I don't care so much I can honestly say I don't even know who won the IPL this year. Luckily the real cricket has started again.

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