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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  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 9:33 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Laserwheel on | June 22, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Jealousy of the year - BCCI

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY chrisgus on | June 20, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    it should be the players decision not the bcci's

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY swisstar on | June 20, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    ridiculous .. shame on BCCI

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | June 22, 2011, 9:33 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Laserwheel on | June 22, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Jealousy of the year - BCCI

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY chrisgus on | June 20, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    it should be the players decision not the bcci's

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY swisstar on | June 20, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    ridiculous .. shame on BCCI

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Being an indian and a cricket-lover, I'm angry at BCCI. All other sport governing bodies across the world are trying to reach out to all countries, even where that game isn't very popular. But ICC - remote-controlled by BCCI - is doing just the opposite. If tomorrow, cricket goes down, a lot of blame will have to be borne by the current idiots in BCCI.

  • POSTED BY india_champ on | June 20, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    I think BCCI shoul act more smartly....they should support SLPL....it is going to b huge flop...and then it will b very interesting to see from where SLC is going to pay the money to the oversea players....may b World Bank loans....Lol

  • POSTED BY viaESPN on | June 20, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    1 more. Everythin is for monetary purposes not to promote youn buddies. Its enough already 1 ther(IPL) so SLPL get away. Players who hav enrolled their names in SLPL pl nevr think tat u wil hav chance 2 be part in IPL in future. TO ICC pl dn't give accreditaion 2 tis. Since it would affect the scheduling of international matches in future. billions of fans likes 2 watch their nations to compete with others not t heir beloved players............

  • POSTED BY viaESPN on | June 20, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    well. BCCI never promote its opponents. tey won't giv up. I think indian players wont be greedy to mak money. well stay back is a good decision to mak proud of ipl being part in it. one n 1ly the prestigious cricket game show now is ipl tat is been conducted by INDIA. I'm proud of it. Being patriotic i want india to rule anythin of any format despite conspiracy behin ther sometimes.........

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    come on BCCI. Let the players like Paul Valtathy prove themselves more, let cricket win not politics and power.

  • POSTED BY tahseens20 on | June 20, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    BCCI is trying to arm twist each and every board and events. By giving lame excuses it is trying to prove the world that they can do anything. BCCI's administrators are a bunch of idiots, who are trying to dicatate the world of cricket.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | June 20, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    what ever and who ever LPL is another biggggggggggggggg flop...

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    @Harmony; Get ur facts right first; ARjuna ranathunga was against T20 all way along; The person who has commented above is Nishantha Ranathunga, the secretory of SLC. Having the same sirname doesnt mean they both are the sam person LOL

  • POSTED BY flyingmachinee on | June 20, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Cant compare slpl and ipl.............ipl is far much better and bigger than slpl.........so its wrong to say that bcci is worried abt there growth........

  • POSTED BY meejee on | June 20, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    BCCI feeling insecure, punching below the belt. Shame on BCCI in trying to bully others. Just the other day, one of BCCI officials stated that BCCI will not adopt UDRS till it is "100% accurate". Get a life, nothing is fool proof.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    @willmot only handful produced yet world champs and test no1

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | June 20, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    @GayOnline:

    It would be better if you checked your facts first. It was Arjuna Ranatunga who criticized IPL a few weeks back and said that IPL was a monster that was destroying the game. It was paradoxical that the same Ranatunga said nothing about the SLPL and its potential harms. Is this not double speak?

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    BCCI need to rea;ise that they are not gods and rot in the ground like everyone else.

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | June 20, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    Lalit Modi behind the SLPL? Cant ignore Modi sitting down idle, he might be licking his tongue to bounce on the BCCI !!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY KP_84 on | June 20, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    India should welcome the new T20 leagues in Australia and Sri Lanka. Cricket would be far better off financially if each of the leading cricket natiions had a high profile league (as is the case in soccer) and it would increase the game's appeal to the public around the world. India need not fear the prospect competition - the IPL will surely remain the premier T20 league in the world since no other nation can match them financially.

    The SLPL can still be a sucess without Indian players. It is still going to have most of the Pakistan national team players and this should create a lot of interest in the SLPL in cricket-starved Pakistan; and one has to wonder how much interest a few Indian B-graders would have created in India. However, the Indian board's attitude towards the league is far more important to the league's long term success.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 20, 2011, 4:40 GMT

    SL board was over smart to call all SL players back from IPL. They forgot that they cannot stand without the help of BCCI.

  • POSTED BY Horn.OK.Please on | June 20, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    No Mr.Jerseyite, Sachin Tendulkar was not supposed to be playing. Some people don't get a good night's sleep without a daily dose of Sachin bashing, right?

  • POSTED BY acviline on | June 20, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    @ranga_s: you absolutely right. SLC always comply with BCCI but they do not.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    Srilanka have legal right to Start SLPL. Don't worry it will be start soon. indian player should join this tournament.As a cricket fan i appreciate this tournament.

  • POSTED BY satanswish on | June 20, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    SLPL seems to be dud event of flop players.

  • POSTED BY on | June 20, 2011, 1:28 GMT

    Feel sorry for India and BCCI, i guess they cant see anyone else running such shows, we clearly can see how badly IPL has damaged cricket, its long boring league with no local interest forget international.

    I am sure Srilanka's short SLPL will be much better than IPL and i guess BCCI knows this and they are trying to put every possible rock in its way. Shame on BCCI and India!!!!!

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | June 20, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    Two baddies slugging it out. Let me get popcorn and settle down. Round 1 tit for tat. :-) Of course, the face that fans have such strong loyalties towards their countries boards is extra spice on top! LOL!

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | June 20, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    BCCI have to step down and realize that all nations are equal IPL is to long all league should take 1- two weeks and each country should have a maximum of two with international players

  • POSTED BY mso797 on | June 20, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    why not make a cricket league where it has group matches in t20 knock outs are odi and final is a test now that would preserve cricket

  • POSTED BY willmot on | June 19, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    @cric-maestro , 1. BCCI certainly dioesn't want any alternative competetive league taking root that could provide and breed anything like greater proficiency in t20 for other nations. Anyway India is truly unique that despite having a population of well over a billion to choose from it can still only produce a tiny handful of players worth considering , Tendulkar, Dhoni,Sehwag,Yuvraj.....and after that? .

  • POSTED BY surajit13 on | June 19, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Not much time left when we see these leagus being played all over the world by every test playing nation who well have their own separate leagues.

    Then their will be no time for international cricket as these leagues will cover the whole year.

    And it may become like soccer where club football is played round the year and some few international friendlies .

  • POSTED BY nagc on | June 19, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Why can't BCCI just let players play the game of Cricket, what this board want to do it so much of control by BCCI over world cricket is not good for cricket.......This kind of attitude of BCCI creating negative image of Indian cricket.....

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    Is this the BCCI playing world bully again? If you can play in one, why not the other? Or vice versa... I wish I could say I'm surprised, but nothing really does - sadly - with the BCCI these days, too much power and not enough sense (other than their own preservation) it seems to me. Another DRS scenario again probably, where most of the rest of the world are fine with it, yet some for some antediluvian, incomprehensible and/or megalomaniacal reason, the 'Bored' (sic) don't seem to want to embrace anything thats different to their way of thinking. I just hope I'm wrong and they see sense

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | June 19, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    @ranga_s: In IPL all the players are contracted through BCCI unlike SLPL. Governing council at IPL does not issue contracts. check your facts dude, before commenting.

  • POSTED BY cric-maestro on | June 19, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    @Fazle: Cmon dude ,The ind players that wre about to play in slpl have nt shown that much interest in it....they are not dying to participate in it....mark my words,,they already hav much better options ..very much unlike other subcontinent players....and as far as bcci is concerned, the board does know to protect its players interests unlike pcb,wicb,etc. .... i said foreign players themselves come to ipl...bcci cant force them to come...and no matter wat happens to this slpl, they will still come to ipl next year...i mean all foreign players excluding the pakistanis...they have to be content with slpl from now on...

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | June 19, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    @Lovetesh: Does BCCI offer contracts to IPL players.......atleast SLPL has SLC as it's governing body.....IPL has it's own commission to control IPL.....so stop play innocent...It's well hidden fact SLC and BCCI had issues since WC final......lot of controversies....no wonder these things happening......

  • POSTED BY Reggaecricket on | June 19, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    It hurts, but it serves up right! Until recently one didn't have to be an Indian to feel good whenever it was said that the BCCI was now dictating terms to the rest of the Cricketing world. It felt good because we collectively felt as if it was pay back time for 100 years of domination by our former colonial masters! A country of a billion people will never need anybody else's support to keep bulldozing their way through - because that is where all the money is. However, we are ALL now at their mercy. It's probably good for India but certainly not a good thing for the rest of the World. We've seen only the tip of the ice berg!

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    @cric-maestro : that is exactly the point - you said....the matter of fact is even if indian players dont show out in slpl , the sri lankan players will be there in the next ipl....no one forces them to participate...so no need to blame bcci for that.... You are right, no one forces SL players to participate in IPL, but BCCI FORCES INDIAN CRICKETERS NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN SPL !!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    icc should step in this matter and stop IPL OR SLPL and stop all this B.S. ..everything was good before IPL . i miss the way it was 5 years ago . just playing for own country not playing for franchise .. but i guess BCCI is has too much control over ICC .

    well let's sit and watch see how this one played out

  • POSTED BY cric-maestro on | June 19, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    @AYAZ NOOR M: i m just waiting for the day pcb introduces its league.....maybe the fine they are collecting now a days will be invested there...oops, i forgot there is not anymore intl. cricket being played thr....bt see the name of the teams can be LeT,JeM,etc. ....

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 19, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    yet another shamful news from Indian board. what exactly do they want by not letting these 12 or so players play SLPL? ahh let me guess they are afraid if SLPL is a success then nobody is gona care about their IPL? so they are trying everything they can to make that happen? or is it that they dont want any cricket played elsewhere? or is it something else? well whichever it is its a shamful reason for banning your players play cricket outside india. absurd. but frankly speaking if gayle and afridi are playing it must be prety awesome to watch so SLC shouldn't worry a thing.

  • POSTED BY cric-maestro on | June 19, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    @AMIGO LITON: Hey i would like to know how is all this in anyway related to indian players??...my suggestion is that u people raise ur voice in bangladesh and make awareness about BCCI ...encourage bangladeshi players like shakib al hasan not to play in IPL (will make no difference at all to india actually).....ask BCB not to play cricket with india (will make no difference to india again)...lets see then wat happens next season...and pls check ur facts ..its not 150 crores bt 118 crores......

  • POSTED BY cric-maestro on | June 19, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    @RAJIV NEKKANTI: well said mate...i think apart from indians , those lines can be understood by srilankans only frm the subcontinent.....frm the comments below, one can easily conclude that pakistanis can nvr accept bcos they are obv not part of it (rest assured, WILL NEVER BE)...nothing to say abt bangladeshi fans....

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Grow up folks. This is commercial interests that BCCI is protecting. Cricket, and other sports are no more friendly encounters to have fun and be nice - it is cut throat competition with huge monetary exchanges. Now if BCCI says anything demeaning about SLPL, that would be wrong, but if they are protecting their assets - this is business!

  • POSTED BY cric-maestro on | June 19, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    @AZHARUL ISLAM: well,one is Manoj Tiwary and the other is Saurabh Tiwary...and dude,believe me both players are better than Md. Ashrafuls , Alok Kapalis ,etc. , etc. ..... but the basic thing is every player cant be Shane Warne or Jacques Kallis...and this is something a bangaldeshi will take a lot of time to understand....

  • POSTED BY cric-procrastinator on | June 19, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    BCCI is just trying to protect its turf. SLPL is nothing but a private outfit like ICL (that was run by subash changra of zee). Since t20 leagues can only be run by countries and not private companies, what the private company is doing is using Sri lanka cricket borad as a shell company whereas the real event is run by the private company.BCCI has realised this and put a stop to this. BCCI knows the IPL is here to stay with or without players from other countries and are flexing the muscles.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 19, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    WOW!!!!

    I remember when this tourny was announced; some fans voiced out that the bcci will definitely do something to intervene and now, it seems like they might have been right.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Well, what is exactly wrong if "INDIAN" players do not play in SLPL!!! Who's some Tiwary or bla bla?? Some Shane Warne or Jacques Kallis??

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    IPL = Indian Premier League.... Indian specific. I don't think any board was forced to send players to the tournament. They are invited, but not forced (albeit with so much $$$, the invite is hard to resist). If they do decide to send, they will be held on to their contract. All the other players/boards are attracted to it, like moths to a lantern. Both the players/boards make good money and it's their choice to participate in it or not. Players can make three times (or more?) what they currently earn, just by getting into one season of IPL. I don't think anyone will miss the 4/5 SL players who can get in... same applies to any other foreign players.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | June 19, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Power play! It isn't just a 5 over period in an ODI! It is the attitude of the BCCI!

  • POSTED BY nwsk on | June 19, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    may be indian borad have some afraid bzuse its will come more than IPL? STUPID / BUT sl payers playing in IPL? WHERE ARE THE WRONG?????????????????????????

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    To:- Sri Lanka Cricket Board, now you know who your real friends are ! Forget India, take more Pakistanis, West Indians, South afircans, Australians and make this tournament a success. Invite the bigwigs of all the boards, including India, so that there is a grand show of solidarity. I am sure all other playing nations will agree.stop sending Sl players to IPL. ipl will be a flow wiithout pak indian players. tks........

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    I think in cricket every board of other nations doesn't need to think about BCCI and the players of India. BCCI dominates in cricket by their powerful marketing where they have 150 crore up people's pockets of money. The BCCI dominates in cricket in a such kind of way that they (BCCI) think that cricket is their own game... where they can do anything as they wish. BCCI should give up their arrogance and their domination in cricket by money. They should only dominate in cricket by playing well. So they should learn how to behave with other nations of cricket from Sri Lankan cricket board. Because Sri Lankan players know how to play with fairly and how to behave with other players and their board doesn't know how to make noise in cricket. And BCCI can also learn from their player Sachin Tendulkar on behavior in cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Sri Lankan president was not allowed to meet the Sri lankan players before the finals. Why?

    That is so wrong.

  • POSTED BY CricSamraat on | June 19, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    The two boards need to talk to each other and sort the matters out amicably. No one is bigger than other. Egos or feeling of hurt do not do any good. In the end, both the boards want to make as much money as possible. Sri Lankan Board members are smart guys and they need to sell their tournament to India and they need Indian Board on their side. Indian Board needs to understand that big brotherly attitude does not sit well with younger brothers if it is only for overlording - be accommodating and caring to younger brothers, work with them.

  • POSTED BY sachingilly on | June 19, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    BCCI is becoming a money minded organisation. They are jus ruining cricket with their money minded approach.

  • POSTED BY k_biran on | June 19, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    ha ha ha stop SL players from sending to IPL! cmon guys do u want them to retire from every format of the game!!! ha ha ha i love this

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    on your face BCCI ! they just cant face competition!

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    isnt this the same RANATUNGA who called IPL a monster out to kill cricket?? now why is he supporting SLPL

  • POSTED BY SriLankanFan1978 on | June 19, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Hey, BCCI think they can do what ever they like. Why these idiots think they can buy everything for their money? They do not like DRS because they thing their money can buy umpires decisions. They do not like their payers to participate other tournament- because it will mess up their international schedule.

  • POSTED BY GSP17 on | June 19, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    @banglafan, yes, we too know who are real friends. Pakistan is far better than Bangladesh... If Sl stops sending players to IPL, nothing will happen to IPL. Except Malinga, No one will missed here..

  • POSTED BY loveall on | June 19, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Power & success blinds peoples and might is right. LOVETESH has raised a point so Why not ask BBCI to organise SLPL.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Enough is enough.stop sending SL players to IPL..argument is over.a simple answer~

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    it is not very good matter done by BCCI.they always play on their mine game.they can offer to chance who like to play SLPL NEXT MONTH in srilanka.after the windies tour india fly to uk for a big series.the players who not in that tour squad who can play for SLPL.in that moment india should support for the srilanka.because in the IPL season srilanka cricket gave a fulll support for the BCCI.

  • POSTED BY vksid on | June 19, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Guys stop criticizing BCCI. It's a tit for tat by BCCI. Ranatunga did same thing during the IPL,now its BCCI's turn. Anyway they will compromise at end and BCCI will allow Indian players to play in SLPL. Srilankan board and some of the players are very jealous of Indian team's performance in recent years. For example, when Srilanka won 1 test match against India in Srilanka, Sangakara had given a statement by saying that Indians are not deserved to be world no 1. Look at them now in England, its going to be 2-0. They are only tigers in Srilanka but out side they are cats.

  • POSTED BY Jerseyite on | June 19, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    I certainly hope that one of those 12 Indian cricketers is not a certain Mr Tendulkar. After his decision to stay out of the full Windies tour, if he had planned to make more millions by playing in SLPL, he should not only retire from the game, he should perhaps retire from the country.

    I think we Indians are emotional fools, and idol worship all these idiots, when all they are concerned with is managing their careers and boosting their personal wealths. The game is bigger than anyone. Chappell's recent article about brooding youngsters makes a lot of sense.

  • POSTED BY Day87 on | June 19, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Shame on u BCCI . Fine if BCCI not interest on SLPL keep ur players . Better to give more chances for Pakistanis. By the way SLC & Other Cricket boards should make decision whether allow their players to participate on next IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    @lovetesh

    please read the article again, Somerset only has media and logistic rights to the SLPL just like how IMG handles IPL's media and logistics. The contracts will be issued through Sri lankan cricket board. And for your information EVERY team in SLPL is owned by sri lankan cricket board unlike IPL where the teams are privately owned. so IPL can be called a privately run tournmanet but not SLPL because SLC owns EVERYTHING

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    While I'm not in favour of these T20 Leagues, including the IPL,... this is a short tournament, probably doesn't have the same strain on players as the IPL and helps out a country and cricket board that actually needs the money... the IPL is an overgrown monster who is hurting Int'l cricket for the sake of its own gains... injuries, money and T20 will rob the future of some of its best players.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    well, well yet another show down by BCCI, who can blame you money talks,the whole taste of cricket going down the drain, its just too much cricket, I strongly suggest that all the t20 tournaments should be abandoned specialy IPL. its creating a big mess, I am a very very much cricket loving frustrated fan>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Before we start the BCCI bashing again, does anyone know if what they are saying is true - that players will be contracted to Somerset and not the SLC? In the IPL, players are not contracted to IMG.

  • POSTED BY Suresh.Balajee on | June 19, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I feel the BCCI is really letting down the spirit of cricket. Two factors need to be corrected. 1. DRS should be made compulsory. - As a Wicketkeeper is the Captain, India should realize they benefit the most through this system. Just bcoz of expenditure on Hotspot, BCCI is letting the standards down. 2. Some other league such as IPL should emerge. Actually it will increase the standard of cricket and gives more players the opportunity to play. Please consider the FIFA as example, they are having many league in England, Spain, Italy and Germany which has profited them and increased the standard of all the nations.

    Its ICC time to take action.

  • POSTED BY Lahori_Munde on | June 19, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    I just can't understand why some criticizing BCCI here? I really think these bunch is simply looking for BCCI name here on this board to start bashing..:) BCCI is simply saying they will not deal with the private body and I bet most board will do the same. Remember Kerry Packer's and ICL? They were run by private body and verge on establishing parallel cricket netwrk as ICC.

  • POSTED BY getgopi on | June 19, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    This is starting to get ugly now.

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketFan on | June 19, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    @Lovetesh may be right. No one here knows the finer details. But @bangalafan without the Indian market these bashes don't make the moolah. Indian markets, though this year is saturated with cricket, is huge and always hungry. The TV revenue is big - not the gates. So ANY country, including Pakistan, Bangla and even Australia & England do fight for the Indian cricket-crazy viewers to get a bigger return. Bottom line, BCCI controls and acts as pay masters. Right or Wrong, they hold the power. So SLC has to play ball. Isn't that market-driven-economies ? Probably SL, Pak and other countries produce 1.2 billion babies so that they can beat India?

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    BCCI is behaving like a big bully. No one realizes the damage it is doing to the game. BCCI may be making money, but it is killing cricket by its arrogant attitude. It is time the Indian government intervened and disbanded this body.

  • POSTED BY Roar911 on | June 19, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    "we need to give them an explanation. It is very important to have them" ....absolutely PATHETIC! as if there's no better cricketers than those 12 players! what Attapattu said was true, SLC is full of 'Puppets run by a Joker'... they earned till we get sick of Indo-SL cric, now running after BCCI like puppies... shame!

  • POSTED BY cric-maestro on | June 19, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    @MAYAN MANSILU: no one sends players to the ipl...its only the players who participate on their own...and as far as pakistani players are concerned, they are not allowed for obvious reasons...no one is stopping ipl bcos of their absence...so no question of ipl being flop...who cares if they are playing or not....

  • POSTED BY Mitsui on | June 19, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Serves SLC right. We skipped English tour in the past and kept some of our players at the cost of 1st warm up game just to support BCCI and IPL and what happens? BCCI slaps SLC in the face and denies permission for its players to participate in the SLPL. Well we are not gonna cry like Indian fans did and blame the BCCI because of this but this would teach the spineless cricket board of SL who not only ruined cricket in SL and cost us the world cup but also danced to BCCI's tune while doing so. So BCCI as fans it doesn't make much of a difference for us whether your players play or not and we are not gonna cry like certain people did when Dilshan decided to cut short his tenure in IPL and go to England, but we instead thank you for teaching a lesson to the spineless puppets in our cricket board. Atapattu was right all along

  • POSTED BY cric-maestro on | June 19, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    @banglafan: in anycase slpl will be a flop show...only a handful of international stars are not enough to make a tournament successful....the matter of fact is even if indian players dont show out in slpl , the sri lankan players will be there in the next ipl....no one forces them to participate...so no need to blame bcci for that... and cut on tours of india !!!..lets c i dont think anything of this sort can happen...not for a century atleast...

  • POSTED BY GayaOnline on | June 19, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    BCCI=Failed! @Harmony111 Hahaha...lol...It's not Arjuna Ranatunga but Nishantha Ranathunga,the secretary of SLC.Please read it carefully b4 writing such long biased comments.lol

  • POSTED BY Mariakutty on | June 19, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    Hi, Those of you who criticize the BCCI must understand one thing. If all players boycott IPL, BCCI is going to lose only an atom of their income. They have lots of cricketing super stars and they are more than enough to make the game successful. Ponting, Clarke and so many great players skipped IPL for the past two sections. Who lost? Did this give any setbacks to the BCCI? Ponting and others missed `once in a lifetime` grab. Lot`s of Srilankan`s where complaining about overdose of cricket. Now why do you want a league in your country? Let your players take a monsoon break.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    i agree with mits6 i too am an indian but dont like the boards dictorship approach they are harming cricket throught the world

  • POSTED BY Afta on | June 19, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Looks like BCCI wants to conrol all of cricket from DRS to tournaments even outside India. Already other boards (ICC as well) are bending in two and three to satisfy BCCI, is it all money..? What kind of yardstik are they trying to use by threatning non inclusion of Indian players. I thought we always played a gentlman's game with the spirit in it...... Give me a break....Very soon we all will have to dance to the Bangra......! Not that we are very far away....!

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Why can't all the cricket boards just get over themselves and their own egos and let their players just go and play cricket when and wherever they like.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    I am an Indian but ashamed of the arrogant cricket administrators in BCCI. They only seem to have attitude typical of many in subcontinent in position of power - total disregard for others. The financial clout should make the BCCI act more responsibly for the cricket fans rather than using the BCCI as their own feifdom.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | June 19, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    I like Indian team, they deserved to be # 1 in Tests and the world champions, but due to BCCI's action like this, I'll be wishing England beat them in upcoming series. Hope that would bring BCCI down to earth. What respect and support Indian PLAYERS have acheived in the world for Indian cricket, BCCI is losing it fast.

  • POSTED BY mits6 on | June 19, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    Though an Indian , i hate the approach of BCCI.Cricket is secondary,to them money matters .Hope other boards unite against this dictatorial approach . Then ...the problem is other boards too (except a few ) are run by idiots.

  • POSTED BY banglafan on | June 19, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka, now you know who your real friends are ! Forget India, take more Pakistanis, West Indians, South afircans, Australians and make this tournament a success. Invite the bigwigs of all the boards, including India, so that there is a grand show of solidarity. I am sure all other playing nations will agree.

  • POSTED BY banglafan on | June 19, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    BCCI's stand is simply disgusting. It is time other Boards stood up to them. Cut back on tours to India. Let them habe a taste of their own medicine.

  • POSTED BY cryptq1 on | June 19, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    3 words - delusion of grandeur

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    This is just a tit for tat by BCCI ,SLC made the first shot by calling back the players from IPL on May 5,Then compromised .Same is going to happen here.Both the boards will not get into a rift because we Indians and Srilankans are destined to watch the teams playing against each other for 5 series a year and for next ten years so that both the boards can fill their coffers.

  • POSTED BY Venkatb on | June 19, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    BCCI's double standards had to unfold soon and it has happened now. For all the arm-twisting the BCCI did so that other boards would toe the line and commit its players to the IPL, well it is now the turn of the other Boards. SL is but the beginning of similar T20 ventures in other countries, notably Australia and England, and its consequences on world cricket would be disastrous. The BCCI Board is in a drunken stupor on its perceived power over the game. While this issue was earlier confined to India, Subask Chandra and the ICL were throttled in every manner possible with no avenue for justice and equality. Now that this issue has become global, the time is appropriate to take this matter to the International Court of Justice at The Hague. However, finally, the BCCI is still the one that controls this sport financially, as only Indians are throwing money at anything performing in flannels.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    BCCI is a a very powerful and giant baby

  • POSTED BY Arthaurian on | June 19, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    HAHA this is interesting. So initially the BCCI said they had no problem with their players playing in the SLPL as long as it didn't conflict with their international scheduling. So the BCCI is very happy to mess up other countries' schedules, but when it comes to theirs they cry fowl? But judging from this article SLC looks like its going to take a kiss-ass approach to this. Unfortunate, just fueling the BCCI ego.

  • POSTED BY Lovetesh on | June 19, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Guys stop bashing BCCI. They have raised a very valid point. Contracts in SLPL are given by private company so legally SLC cannot be help accountable for anything. Why should BCCI deal with a private company? They were under the impression that SLC would be directly involved. There is difference between saying something and legally doing something.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    so stop sending Sl players to IPL. ipl will be a flow wiithout pak indian players.

  • POSTED BY layya on | June 19, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    Now it is the time for SL big players to see the truth.Sanga, Mahela & Malinga should nw see what BCCI's agenda is.BCCI is one big fat rich board only trying to make them strong and beat the rest not by playing proper cricket by other way around.They are afraid what will happen to them when new young players emerge from SL not to mention the fact that they still couldn't find the variety that SL have in their billions of population.BCCI may not poor in monetary terms but way poorer being righteous.

  • POSTED BY stifflers11 on | June 19, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    its very funny from BCCI.. they never had control over d IPL themselves.. leading to so many disputes.. and now they want to point out reasons for not letting their players to play in SLPL..which is because of the simple reason that they themselves will gain no power or money out of it..

  • POSTED BY VisBal on | June 19, 2011, 10:02 GMT

    Obviously the BCCI cannot bear to have another T20 competition in its own neighbourhood. So they do what they can to scuttle it. Other boards should take the cue and do what is in their best interest, ie not allowing their players to play the IPL when a Test/ODI series/tour is scheduled. IPL only makes money because of the foreign stars, not because of the quality of cricket on show. So withdrawing them would hit where it hurts the BCCi most.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | June 19, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    BCCI has got the power in world cricket but they don't know how and when to use it. Its doing the same to the other cricket boards and ICC, what PCB is doing with Pak cricketers, shameful.

  • POSTED BY Zaheerahmed on | June 19, 2011, 9:45 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.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | June 19, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    this is just the bcci playing silly games as a retaliation for SL players leaving the IPL early( which was also wrong- they should have not been signed into the ipl if they were leaving early)..

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | June 19, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Ladies and gentlemen, can you all say MONOPOLY!! Yes thanks. Microsoft have been dragged thru the courts for doing exactly what the BCCI is doing. Once again BCCICC, I mean ICC, is a clueless spectator on the sidelines.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    This is already expected but came little late. BCCI is a Hippocratic and only looks for their pocket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    BCCI has problems with Everything in cricket, assuming India to be the only country playing cricket.. "No Indians in SLPL", "No to UDRS".. It wont be surprising, if all the other countries collectively go against BCCI's attitude, starting with Boycott IPL !!

  • POSTED BY Horn.OK.Please on | June 19, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Is it absolutely necessary for the BCCI to play party pooper with anything and everything. Stay out of the news at least for a while fellows!

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | June 19, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    The BCCI are trying to make the SLPL the next ICL! Haha... next they will say the Big Bash and Twenty20 Cups are secretly run by Kapil Dev. Personally, if there have to be so many Twenty20 Competitions around the world, it would be good if they contained a few Indian stars. Because then the BCCI will realise what the other boards have to go through during the IPL period. It would hopefully lead to the compromise which improves cricket's future in the long-term. It is hard to see it happening but you never know.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Typical. To use a biblical analogy the BCCI continue to look at the speck of sawdust in their neighbor's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | June 19, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Interesting because BCCI is not stupid... They would not mix up something like this. From a neutral standpoint it looks like a backstab to me. Poise SL up by saying they support them and then in the end pull out. Ouch. Hard lesson learned by SL as SLPL is looking to turn into a major flop

  • POSTED BY inshaflive on | June 19, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    why these SLC and BCCI are fighting..Y can't they compromise each other......

  • POSTED BY cric_fanatics on | June 19, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    shows the demand for india discards...compare this to the treatment meted out to pak players..really bad...it was as if they meant nothing...finally its good for them...

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | June 19, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    And so the drama unfolds

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | June 19, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    The hypocritical stance coming from the BCCI, especially in respect to how it wants 'everyone' to kowtow to the IPL is almost sickening. At the end of the day the BCCI is looking out for its own interests, namely the superiority of the IPL and nothing is allowed to come even close to touching that. If the BCCI really wants to be a world leader and be respected as such, it needs to look beyond the tip of its own nose.

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    It's BCCI or No CCI [Contituted Cricket (withouth) India]. BCCI thinks that they are the USA of cricket. Play by their rules or don't play at all.

  • POSTED BY Enots on | June 19, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    When will the BCCI monopoly on world cricket end?!?!? No referal system for the England Series, No indians in the SPL, what else??? Such a disgrace to the game with a board like ours... Wake up world; India is not the only cricket playing country!!!

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  • POSTED BY Enots on | June 19, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    When will the BCCI monopoly on world cricket end?!?!? No referal system for the England Series, No indians in the SPL, what else??? Such a disgrace to the game with a board like ours... Wake up world; India is not the only cricket playing country!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    It's BCCI or No CCI [Contituted Cricket (withouth) India]. BCCI thinks that they are the USA of cricket. Play by their rules or don't play at all.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | June 19, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    The hypocritical stance coming from the BCCI, especially in respect to how it wants 'everyone' to kowtow to the IPL is almost sickening. At the end of the day the BCCI is looking out for its own interests, namely the superiority of the IPL and nothing is allowed to come even close to touching that. If the BCCI really wants to be a world leader and be respected as such, it needs to look beyond the tip of its own nose.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | June 19, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    And so the drama unfolds

  • POSTED BY cric_fanatics on | June 19, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    shows the demand for india discards...compare this to the treatment meted out to pak players..really bad...it was as if they meant nothing...finally its good for them...

  • POSTED BY inshaflive on | June 19, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    why these SLC and BCCI are fighting..Y can't they compromise each other......

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | June 19, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Interesting because BCCI is not stupid... They would not mix up something like this. From a neutral standpoint it looks like a backstab to me. Poise SL up by saying they support them and then in the end pull out. Ouch. Hard lesson learned by SL as SLPL is looking to turn into a major flop

  • POSTED BY on | June 19, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Typical. To use a biblical analogy the BCCI continue to look at the speck of sawdust in their neighbor's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | June 19, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    The BCCI are trying to make the SLPL the next ICL! Haha... next they will say the Big Bash and Twenty20 Cups are secretly run by Kapil Dev. Personally, if there have to be so many Twenty20 Competitions around the world, it would be good if they contained a few Indian stars. Because then the BCCI will realise what the other boards have to go through during the IPL period. It would hopefully lead to the compromise which improves cricket's future in the long-term. It is hard to see it happening but you never know.

  • POSTED BY Horn.OK.Please on | June 19, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    Is it absolutely necessary for the BCCI to play party pooper with anything and everything. Stay out of the news at least for a while fellows!