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Sri Lanka Premier League set for August this year

Tariq Engineer

May 7, 2012

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Angelo Mathews and Mahela Jayawardene at a training session, Colombo, April 2, 2012
The Sri Lanka Premier League is set for later this year © AFP
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Sri Lanka Cricket has signed a new deal with Somerset Entertainment Ventures to hold the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) in 2012, ESPNcricinfo has learned. The deal was signed on May 5 and the tournament has been tentatively scheduled to be held between August 10 and August 31, just ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 that will be held in Sri Lanka in September.

The SLPL was supposed to kick off last year, with SLC's then interim committee signing a five-year deal with Somerset Entertainment Ventures to organise the event. However, the Sri Lankan board was forced to postpone the tournament after the BCCI refused to allow its players to participate at the last minute, causing a delay in the naming of the final composition of the teams and affecting overall preparations for the event. In addition, the interim committee that signed the deal was subsequently replaced and there was criticism of some of the clauses in the contract by the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE).

A new set of administrators were elected in January and they have been negotiating with Somerset Entertainment Ventures to resolve their differences. The new deal has addressed the concerns raised by the COPE report and has been cleared by the office of the Sri Lankan attorney general, ESPNcricinfo understands.

The format of the tournament remains the same. SLPL will have seven teams that will play each other in a league format followed by semi-finals and finals. The games will most likely be played in Colombo and Kandy. Last year's event was scheduled to kick off on July 19, 2011, with the final to be played on August 6. The tournament hit its first hurdle when the BCCI decided to withhold its permission to allow Indian players to take part on the grounds that Somerset Entertainment Ventures, which owned the commercial rights, would be handling the contracts for international players and that it could lead to complications, should disputes arise over payments.

In order to assuage the Indian board, SLC was willing to back the Indian players' contracts so that their financial interests were protected, but that was not enough to satisfy the BCCI. There were also suggestions that former IPL chairman Lalit Modi had a hand in the event, but SLC and Somerset Entertainment Ventures repeatedly denied them, as did Modi.

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Posted by   on (May 10, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

i hope play bangladeshi player shakib.tamim.nasir.asraful. masrafee bin mortoza.musfiq rahim.and abdur razzaq

Posted by stormy16 on (May 9, 2012, 20:35 GMT)

Wishing SLC best wishes - they need a break! Compairing its success to the IPL is nothing more than ignorent. This is a small country without the financial clout of the BCCI or the massive Indian cricket community. In reality this would amount to a regional T20 in ONE Indian state but the standard of cricket and stakes would be much higher. More than anything else is offers SL's an opportunity to showcase local talent and attract overseas contracts. Lets hope the outcomes are positive.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

sri lanka p league...........................................................

Posted by chapathishot on (May 9, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Last time also it was cancelled in the 11th hour ,Lets hope it wont happen this time.They might have some confidence from the BPL but banglas are real cricket crazy

Posted by Bruisers on (May 9, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

IPL is successful worldwide because of the quality of the cricket.. We all saw how well South Africa hosted the 2nd edition of IPL and also the crowd turnout was fantastic. Sri Lanka does have some good players but the talent can't match the Indians. And the money they offer won't lure people like Gayle, Pollard, Warner etc. However we may see most of the Pakistanis participate (as usual), but this league won't be successful without Indian stars..

Posted by 30-30-150 on (May 9, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

@EPL - What do you mean by EPL? Barclays Premier League? If so, then what does that have to do with Sri Lankan cricket?

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (May 9, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

guys , can we please wait before commenting , for bcci to OFFICIALLY ban it's players from participating.to my knowledge, there's no official word about it for this edition.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

@ he's still against ipl,slpl ,slc, & BCCI

Posted by   on (May 9, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

ha ha... here we go again.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 22:58 GMT)

How much do you think they will look to offer Gayle,Pollard and Bravo?

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

good luck for sri lankans. they are always good expectators for the cricket. i consider two teams as my favorites. Pakistan and Srilankans. i wish a great success to SLPL.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

waw it is great news at least we can find new players

Posted by lankanlioncric on (May 8, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

this is nothing to do with india. SL having its own PL like any other country. some indians claim IPL gave idea to ALL other PL's but it started long before IPL, its EPL from whom we got the idea just like how we got idea from england for each an everything. Each PL catering their own audience. its a good move in a way but 10 PL in 1 year, cricket fans would be tired

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

I'd like to see this happen as a SL cricket fan, most of the talented players in srilanka doesn't get a chance to show their talents.. so i hope that this wiil be a good chance for them... i dont think it will be a crash without INDIAn players.. All the best SLPL

Posted by Fawmy on (May 8, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

What Srilankan former caption Arjuna Ranathuga says about this? I remember he kicked away from SLCB because he against to IPL. Now what he would say?????

Posted by crick_wizard on (May 8, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

Can someone be a bit creative...at least in naming the league?.first India copied EPL, then Bangladesh and now srilanka are blindly following..how many more "premier leagues" will we have? Where is individuality?

Posted by MohammedWasi on (May 8, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

I am not a huge fan of IPL but no matter who starts a premier league...No indian players = No revenue...Indian commercial market is too huge sply if it related to cricket...i m sure many of my pakistani brothers wont agree with this but matter of fact is Indian players, Indian audience, Indian sponsors and Indian media can only make a tournment successful..Noooo chance of appreciating Indians...As mentioned below, BPL went unnoticed even thought they had almost all the pakistani players(also other nationals) playing in it..Proud to say IPL has atleast given them an idea...Dream On guys...!!Best of Luck..!!

Posted by getsetgopk on (May 8, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

I guess thats the way its going to be, T20 leagues coming out from all corners, as a Pak supporter, I hope it will be a grand success, I actually think England, Sl and Pak should come up with a combined league, three teams from each country played at Eng, SL and UAE on home and away basis should be fun to watch.

Posted by NatarajR on (May 8, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

Srilankan Premier league may not be successful. SL doesnt have sufficient grounds to attract the crowd and also the SL is a small country. Also number of people going to the ground will be very less unless the prices are less. Again this will not generate a huge revenue. IPL survives because of country's craziness towards the game, population, number of grounds and the wealth of BCCI.

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 8, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

With England waiting in the wings and Zim and NZ are already including foreign players in their T20 competition which could be easily named as ZPL, NZPL leaves SA the only country where they are playing normal T20.. 10 T20 leagues per year would be very absurd to say the least.. Saying that, it will provide the domestic stars who are discarded for national selection a good life.. Feel happy for them but not for all other things..

Posted by Metro-ant on (May 8, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

2 grounds? as much as I would want the tournament to succeed for my country it looks like it's gonna turn out to be a spinner's tournament throughout.

Posted by silvan on (May 8, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

I don't think this SLPL will hit like IPL since sri lankan fans doesn't go to grounds to watch cricket matches like Indians.

Posted by bala2rahul on (May 8, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

@sportscenter-BD, you said it bro. keep aside two months every year, for all the countries to stage their domestic tournaments. but the problem is which two months will you chose.?? Summer is in different times in the two hemispheres. England cant play from october to april at home. And southern hemisphere teams like aus, sa , and ind cant play during june to september.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

will be flop again. who wants it actually

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

i donno if i'd wanna watch the matches even if u give me free passes..!! the only way to make it a partial hit would be to rope in few Indian players n thereby try to get some audience...Else it would be yet another version of BPL; who knew when it started and culminated..!! No way the Aura of IPL or BBL is going to be recreated.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

those who are brilliantly saying indian players are not neccesary, should realise , slc wants to do buis , the more indian players in thier league the more revenue they would generate from the indian spons and brodcasters, so under stand buisness before saying blah blah

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

these leagues will destroy cricket badly..... they must ban in all country, as its just to make money, not good for cricket and true cricketers.

Posted by Hayat22 on (May 8, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

The rest of South Asia could develop a league from this pool includig Afghanistan, as each of these markets by themselves may not be huge by themselves but together could create a viable and competitive mechanism. As it grows, it will get the attention of the Indian market thus forcing BCCI to put inter league competitions.

To those who think that the emergence of these leagues is bad news for IPL are off the mark. IPL has now developed inter-city rivalries and created core loyalities. That's the first step to ensure sustainability.

Posted by Stark62 on (May 8, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

@ Robin Kaul

What planet are you living on? Do you know the current top two wicket takers in intl. cricket? Yep, it's AFRIDI and GUL! 3 of the top 5 are from Pak in the most wickets department.

Also, ever heard of a bloke named Razzaq?

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (May 8, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

Good luck Srilanka.. i would like to see some pakistani players competting in it.. i wish a great sucess for event..

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

indian fans telling me ipl is enough, oh well, it may be enough for u people but we dont care abt ipl, we want a our own league and u cant argue with that,

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 8, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

@Shred On, forgot how dry it was in August last year when the Aussies came here? July and August are relatively dry months in Sri Lanka in case you do not know. Monsoon does not necessarily mean rain everyday.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Like someone mentioned - SLC have to use their brains to understand that as long as there is IPL there is no point in trying to win over Indian supporters. Instead focus on the IPL starved Bangladesh and Pakistan fans - bring in a lot of PAK, Bangla players along with the abundance of T20 talent from the carribean. Afridi, Gul, Ajmal, Imran Nazir, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib,Mushfiqur Rahim these are really exciting t20 players with lots of following from their home fans. Add to that list players like Dwayne smith, Narine etc (If i remember right Gayle was also contracted last year - but may be he's not available this year) and we have a good mix of foreign players to go with the local stars like Dilshan,Sanga,Mahela,Murali and Malinga.

Posted by Breaking_Point on (May 8, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

Bad times waiting for IPL!!! Bangladesh already did Sri lanka is doing Pakistan is waiting lol..soon every country will have a league @satan in game spot on dude...that is going to be a huge problem in next 5 years! ICC must take a decision! A player should play in only 1 t20 league and IPL,BPL,BBL,PPL(yet),SLPL(yet),Stanbac all should start same tym jst like football leagues than it will be a huge challenge for every country to make it a success! Then ICC's problem will be solved! 30-45 days of t20 tournament all over the world! And no national duty will be hampered! And IPL will face challenge as now everyone plays there coz at this tym there r not many international cricket but during BPL there was many it matches!

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 8, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Well.. I assume that BCCI wont send their players to ANY league.. They got a schedule which is as packed as it can be and they hold their own IPL.. They wouldn't want to send their core player to other league and get them injured.. Plus, i am not sure whether the other leagues can exist at times when Indian cricket team is off from tour and even in that period, dont the players need rest? What i will be happy is, to send the fringe players or free players to tournaments..I think it would be a good option for the player to earn, plus get more game to improve his T20 skills..

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

A cricket tournament in the midst of the monsoon season? Not a very good idea, I must say.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

why no PPL Pakistan premier league

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

i hope it will be not SLPL = SL postpone league

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

SL will find a good team before ICC T20.

Posted by potofazherbaizan on (May 8, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

BPL,PPL and now SLPL- NONSENSE!

IPL is enough

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

IPL... BPL... SPL... why cant we have Asia Premiere League

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

WILL postpone the tournament ,

Posted by TheBlackMonk on (May 8, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

So, it'll be like same top players playing in every countries premier leagues and leaving no chance for others. I know these are money making competition but should a player be allowed in every team as he's notably best. What will happen if his two teams from diff countries get selected for Champ T20, who would he be playing for? Players like Gayle/de Villiars are game changer, and they can single handedly make a team champ in a low graded tournament. Now if he opts for playing his first team, the second team will be reasonably weak as he was the major player for them, and as usually the team will perform worst. I don't see Messi/Ronaldo playing for multiple leagues then why should this be allowed in Cricket. It's time to think, and make it equal for everyone, it's for the better sake of cricket not for commerce.

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

as for Pakistani replacements in place of players currently playing in IPL, i think any team would love to have saeed ajmal, shahid afridi, and even rana naved in their team...they have demand all over the world...there's Azhar Mehmood playing and so far he has done well...and the way razzaq, nasir jamshed, imran nazir and ahmed shehzad performed in the BPL and keep performing in Pakistan's T20 tournament, teams would dig out a place for them in their teams..

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

All those who think IPL gives enough to all players and the teams should be merged etc etc, tell me, will BCCI share the revenue with the BCB or SLC? In fact, BPL was a success and Bangladesh just have to improve on that first tournament...

Posted by koolramesh on (May 8, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

BCCI would allow Indian players who are not representing at the highest level. Good opportunity for Yusuf, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh etc... Yusuf got 11 cr for IPL. How much will he get here?

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

@ppl who think india will not play this time ,i think nothing to be worried they will play this time because it'll be a golden opportunity to prepare for the WCT20 in September , & @sri lankans who think this will destroy SL younger generation's cricket i think SLC had listen to your ideas & now they have banned T20 cricket from School level , so all good :)

Posted by SPN777 on (May 8, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

Insted of use Sri Lanka Premier League,change it's name as Sri Lankan Twenty20 League.Don't copy the name from English Premier League atleast....

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

When they will announce their Auction date. Will Afghan players participate in the league?

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

BCCI is NOTHING. IPL is NOTHING. SLPL doesn't need indian players

Posted by Slesh on (May 8, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Should start much later than this...

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

SLPL & BPL SHOULD MERGE AND HAVE TOTAL 9 TEAMS (5 FROM SRILANKA & 4 FROM BANGLA) AND THOSE 9 TEAMS SHOULD TIE UP WITH ONE TEAM EACH FROM IPL.THEN ALTERNATE YEAR THEY SHOULD BE ORGANISED. SUPPOSE 2012 ITS IPL THEN 2013 SHOULD BE SLPL+BPL(JOINTLY ORGANISED). SAME SET OF PLAYERS SHOULD REPRESENT BOTH THE TEAMS IN TIE UP. EXCEPT 4 OR 5 LOCAL PLAYERS SHD BE INCLUDED DEPENDING ON THE PLACE OF ORGANISATION OF THE TOURNAMENT.FOR EXAMPLE DELHI IS BECOMING COLOMBO WHEN PLAYED IN SRILANKA; SAME SET OF PLAYERS WILL BE REPRESENTING THE COLOMBO TEAM, ONLY DROP SOME INDIAN LESSER PLAYERS AND INCLUDE SRILANKAN PLAYERS. SIMILARLY IF KOLKATA TIES UP WITH DECCA THEN DROP SOME LESSER INDIAN PLASYERS AND INCLUDE BANGLADESHI PLAYERS WHEN PLAYED IN BANGLA.

Posted by RizwanKhan102 on (May 8, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

will the Pakistani players take part in SLPL??????????????Plz tell

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (May 8, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

I DON'T THINK BCCI WILL ALLOW INDIAN PLAYERS FOR SLPL THIS TIME . SL SHOULD CONTACT PAK & WI PLAYERS FOR SLPL . BOTH COUNTRIES PLAYERS ARE BRILLINAT T20 PLAYERS .

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

DLF IPL is the best forever......all other leagues like BPL, SLPL or Eng county is only a duplicate copy.....they can't sucess like DLF IPL.........

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

@Athula Weerakoon.... name any pakistani/bangladeshi players that can be included ahead of the international players currently playing in IPL... Also please name the international player that should be omitted... I dont find anyone apart from franklin and taylor who are under performing... but dont either see any opener and middleorder replacement for these 2 in pak and bangladesh..

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

Make sachin tendulkar, saurav ganguly and sehwag to play this SLPL... and see it'll be a big hit....

Posted by   on (May 8, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

I hope they will have a auction system

Posted by S305 on (May 8, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

Oh, please,................ dont ruin Sri Lankan cricket by bringing this into the country.

Posted by torsha on (May 8, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

BPL has messed up in the ending when 2 of the teams were unsure which will go through to semis but anyways I'm not against BPL. The point is too many T20s. When everyone can play in IPL why we need another league? Younger cricketers will not be interested in playing test matches anymore. It is obvious that these leagues will not be popular as IPL. And wasn't the reason that SLPL delayed last year due to financial crisis?

Posted by D-Ascendant on (May 8, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

Why is there such an incredible lack of originality in the cricket world that every time a country organizes a Twenty20 cricket tournament, it's called a "Premier League?" The IPL name itself is a knock-off of the English Premier League. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are using names that are knock-offs of a knock-off. Good thing the Aussie at least retain some originality in calling their tournament the Big Bash League.

Posted by bgshankar on (May 8, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

If Indian fans can have god time with IPL entertainment, then why not Srilankan fans? and other country fans? So the only way in my opinion is that ICC should limit the players/countries participation with strict guidelines considering all factors. Example: Each player/country can have a quota of 10-15 games in a year. This way everyone would get a fair chance.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

More entertainment yes! Only drawback is that they young talented players would not want to play Test Cricket anymore, instead they would get drowned by these lucrative T20 contracts.

Posted by Iamsorrybut on (May 7, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

Why is that everybody is blaming BCCI or the Indian players ? Is it jealousy ? A smart businessman always looks for a good ROI, in this case it is India as the fan following in the cricket crazy nation is and will be unmatched.

Posted by gunnerr4life on (May 7, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Bad move by the Srilankan board ... Anyways , BCCI ( ICC ) or ICC ( BCCI ) will not allow this tournament to take place ...

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

ipl is all about money....it doesn't do any good to cricket ..

Posted by NikSaid on (May 7, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

Its a shame that ICC not taking advantage of T20 popularity to come up with its own league based version and help other non-BCCI country. BCCI will never be as good as any western boards that help share their success over period of time, if not right away as with T20.

Posted by ElBeeDubya on (May 7, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

There will NEVER be a world T20 league. Ampanis, Mallyas and Srinivasans are not fools to allow other leagues to compete with THEIR IPL. BCCI will use some EXCUSE about player fatigue to prevent Indian players from playing in such leagues instead of telling them the TRUTH - it will prevent a few millionaires/billionaires from making MORE MONEY. For all practical purposes, IPL is a PRIVATE venture just like BCCI and it does not belong to the INDIAN PEOPLE. I don't think the Indian government can even see BCCI's books. When Indian players are playing for IPL, they are NOT PLAYING FOR INDIA. Slogging against mostly average Indian bowlers and a few International stars who are only limited to bowling four overs will not make any YOUNG AND PROMISING Indian batsman better. (See RAINA). Similarly, success against batsmen who are mostly trying to slog will not help a young bowler develop his skills. (See RP SINGH). cricinfo, pls publish.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

Forget BCCI . They are big bullies. Get players from Pakistan and Bangladesh involved. IPL is missing out on so many talent coming from those countries, it is good for cricketers after retirement looking for re-employment.

Posted by Meety on (May 7, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

@CaptainKool - the reality is that every country that plays International cricket must have their own domestic league. How profile a country makes their league is up to them. Bangladesh (o my surprise) actually held a very good T20 comp, & I suspect SL will do similar. Too much International cricket - yes, but this is the way it is evolving. Their are enough International mercenaries for this to comp to be reasonably successful. particularly if they have a lower cost model.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (May 7, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

does sri lanka or anyone for that matter think india is going to watch this SPL? the answer is no because after watching IPL who'd wanna watch a reject version of the IPL again? besides india plays hell of alot of cricket and the fans will be busy following the national team. No indian players will go to the SPL anyway, and wont be allowed to due to fatigue issues, and rightly so.

Posted by CaptainKool on (May 7, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

Obviously now SLPL and future PPL will not be as popular as IPL and Big Bash. The reason is unavailability of the players due to international fixtures and considering IPL and BB schedules. I would say stop making this too many T20 leagues when everyone can play in IPL and I'm sure Pakistani players can soon able to play in IPL. It is like racing now each and every country needs their own league.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

well,,, it will be quite tough task for the Lankans to pull the audience in SPL... because the Srilankan audience is not as much as enthusiastic about the cricket as the other sub continent nations are.. most of the time the grounds used to be empty in Srilanka.. and most importantly due to too much T-20 cricket, the game of cricket will loose it charm.. So ICC plz take some serious steps.. otherwise our next generation will see only one format of the cricket and that is T-20 cricket..

Posted by serious-am-i on (May 7, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

I am seeing some geniuses claiming BPL was hit. Wow !!! when did that happen ? At least 1 of the match had full house capacity ? What are the T.V. ratings ? May be some forgot Ban officials claiming it wasn't a hit as they expected it to be. Anyways, come on guys stop this BCCI bash & BCCI doesn't give a damn if Indian players aren't going to be permitted as no other league is offering these players money as IPL does. But let me guarantee something for 2 years any league would farewell, the testing phase starts after that. You are not going to cash-in Indian T.V. market with out having some big names from India, after looking at the way IPL is currently going on, I highly doubt that's even remotely possible. The only suggestion I have is, let SLPL and PCB have a single league which would save money & time. Period !!!

Posted by lankanlioncric on (May 7, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

not a bad move, coz none of the BD n SL fans watch IPL. IPL is custom designed for IND fans. But if SLC is calculating that SLPL will attract indian crowd, they r mistaken. BPL was a hit in BD, for BD fans, not world cricket fans, just like IPL. SLPL also will be a hit IN SL for SL fans, definately these regional crickets will not attract world fans. so when u r planning something, make sure to plan properly. Pulling out coz india didnt allow its 3rd level players(no indian star players were about to play in last SLPL), meaning SLPL have serious problems.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

DJ will be interested in this one!!

Posted by Harmony111 on (May 7, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

It is that time of the year where this SLPL circus will start again...oops...sorry....it would make all the noise but won't happen actually. In any case, even if SLPL happens then SLB can say goodbye to the audience coming in for the T20WC. There is simply not enough money that the SL People will come for SLPL as well as T20WC.

Posted by Adeel9 on (May 7, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

You should not blame BCCI for your own fault. BCCI withdrew support because of genuine potential problem of financial clash besides you shouldn't be relying on other country's board to start off your T20 league. Bangladesh did it and so can you. So, stop blaming BCCI to hide your own fault.

Posted by rcjunk123 on (May 7, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

SLPL will as successful as BPL. When did BPL happen? :)

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

BCCI will be no hurdle believe me, this is another attempt by them to keep international cricket out of Pakistan as we are planning to host our T20 event in October. But I think that these 'slogging leagues' are a curse to international cricket courtesy BCCI and must be done away with or they should not be televised internationally to keep interest in international cricket alive.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 7, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

does this mean the WI won't be able to beat New Zealand This Summer ?

@ IndnCrktfan ..... ODI cricket is dead ..... 20/20 and Tests will dominate now ...

more money for players, more appeal for youngsters and no one will care who the 20/20 world champions are, It will be like winning the toss World Cup of Coin Toss ...

Test Cricket will always be the Game of Champions ....

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

What's going on in Sub-continent ? First IPL then BPL , now SLPL and I have seen some Pakistanis saying that PPL is going to start in October this year. Man too much of T-20.

Posted by rcjunk123 on (May 7, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

BPL was hit? When did it happen? May be some Srilankans might watch SFL first year and come 2nd year both SFL & BPL would die. Just like IPL lost some traction over years. But IPL is still popular because of volume & money.

Posted by Sudipta.94 on (May 7, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

Again another league? It will be good if indians do not participate because they need rest. Though BPL and SLPL may be a success, they will never get money and popularity like IPL.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

SL board, with all due respect, plz pay the salary overdues of your cricketers. Then, let us ponder about PL.

Posted by ammarhassan on (May 7, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Goodbye bilateral series ... soon cricket will be like soccer .. country teams will play in WC only and players wont know how to play for country ..

Posted by Muxammil on (May 7, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

Being a Pakistani I would say "Sri Lanka" is my all times favorite team. Hay Sri Lankans believe me all Pakistani simply love you guys and say best of luck for your league.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

Contratz SL, I should not depend on India. Not in the cricket but for others as well.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

All the country who have premier league except India should ban Indian Players coming to their team and not allow any of their contracted players to join IPL. Even though i am Indian fan of cricket, but cant stand IPL. It is just an money making machine. They are focusing in IPL more than ODI, T20, and Test. I hope they fall through rankings.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

I agree with SamAsh07, There should only be one premier league, it should be International Premier League, with 32 teams in total, 3 teams from AUS, BAN, ENG, IND, NWZ, PAK, RSA, SRL, WIN, ZIM AND 2 teams from OTHER ASSOCIATES/AFFILIATES TEAM. Have two conferences and each conference have 4 division, and each division have 4 teams. Then have playoff of 6 or 8 teams from each conferences and play knockout round in each conference to have one finalist from each conferences to play a final. Have it run for 2 months.

Posted by samincolumbia on (May 7, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Yet another wannabe IPL league!! I will watch only if Ranatunga is playing...LOL. BTW,he had labeled IPL as evil, so what does he has to say about SPL now?

Posted by SRPP on (May 7, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

@ bilal_bilal on (May 07 2012, 16:25 PM GMT) You r right bro, now try to understand all fools who always blame BCI and our Indian cricket stars for all your proposed league failure, success. You can not expect Indian people to follow your league and our sponser companies Investing. So try your Ambition on your own risk please.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

get lost BCCI...................................................

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (May 7, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

@ SamAsh07, agreed. Its only a matter of time before all 10 Full Member nations have their own "T20 League". It would be much better to just have 1 league. Even though it would be the ideal solution, the problem is that it won't be possible before 2020. The FTP is completely crammed up till then. And I highly doubt that ICC will wake up to this problem. At least, not until T20 loses its appeal. by that time it would be too late to turn back

Posted by rajithwijepura on (May 7, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

I dont see the need of another T20 league in srilanka. Just make the national T20 league more professional and increase the payment of Srilankan domestic players. Because they are the one who will develop srilankan cricket, not that money hungry Indians.

Posted by Perera32 on (May 7, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

This is a good idea because this will be a good Chance for the Sri lankan players to get used to the pitches and new grounds for the upcoming 20/20 WC. They haven't played much games in the Pallekele and Hambantota Cricket grounds.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

Here we go again,lets see how many West Indian players apply for and recieve no objection certificates.Do you think Gayle,Bravo,Pollard amoung others will be front runners?

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (May 7, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

why is every board trying to replicate the IPL? they gonna make world cricket boring with too much T20..and i certainly dont want indian players taking part in this SLPL due to too much cricket being played by our players already..besides it wont be a success in sri lanka without indian backing and i hope bcci refuses our players for good. @sachin_vvsfan..agree with you.. if sri lanka cant stand on its own feet i ask them please dont drag india in this and cause more problems for us.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

There should be some kind OF Champions league in which t20 teams of all the world should qualify in their respective tournaments and play in that champions league... Which should be supervised by ICC... IN short it should be like UEFA.... they are growing their game,money plus fame and talent.... hut our ICC is dominated by just one or two boards.. If the behavior of ICC is not gonna change then i think the future of Cricket is dark....

Posted by Sidd_Cric on (May 7, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Awesome!!! It will be a great initiative for international player to play in SL before the World t20. I am sure it will be a hit without Indian players as BPL was. It is all about how SL fans takes it. If SL people who will buy tickets takes it seriously like BD people did, I am sure it will be a great success. Most of those tournaments are entertained by WI players. Also, ENG and AUSSIES and RSA players will love to show their ability in SL to be selected for t20 World cup. Pak and BD players will love to play as they want to understand the condition and will be great bargain deals for franchises. It will be definitely be a hit.

Posted by SamAsh07 on (May 7, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

ICC will never wake-up, just dump all these leagues and start a World Premier League! Or if you're so inclined to that ever blossoming "IPL" tag then just rename it to International Premier League and allow 2 clubs from each country to participate!! Splitting this into a round-robin-esque league just like IPL - There would be a total of 20 teams, with 18 being from Aus, Ind, Ban, Pak, Eng, SA, NZ, SL and WI. The rest 2 from the top associates. Simple does it. Let it run 3-4 months. One league is enough!

Posted by TheRedox on (May 7, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

BPL was a huge success even without any Australian,Sri Lankan or so called money machines Indian players,So SLPL won't be a flop without Indian players as long as players from SA,Aus,Pakisthan,Bangla and NZ going to be part of it.But i strongly recommend a change in the SLPL structure starting from it's own name and team names.

Posted by bilal_bilal on (May 7, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Its not indian players that SL needs. Its the indian market. Obviously there is more talent in any other major country but if indians play, it will mean that indians will watch so indian broadcasters and sponsors will be attracted

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

As a afghani i wish that the board of srilanaka let some of afghanistan players to play in SLPL (2012) best of luck for SLPL(2012)

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (May 7, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

GoodBye Test Cricket........Don't get me wrong just coz I am Indian. I don't like IPL either. Call me old school as I prefer test cricket over any other form of cricket. These IPL. BPL, SLPL, ....blah blah PL is going to destroy test cricket. Imagine if every country were to strat these "PL's" where is the time & fitness to play other forms of cricket. ICC wake up and put an end to this farce money making machine that you call cricket.

Posted by serious-am-i on (May 7, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Come on guys, there is already too much of it. Each country is having their own premier leagues, sad to see it happening. What we have currently ? IPL (the starter), BBL (Aus), BPL (Ban), next we are going to have... Pakistan's own, SLPL, Even ECB planning one. Wow! we can cancel the national games over then and switch over to 3 hour hits.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

There should be a combined Sri Lanka - Pakistan T20 league! SPPL :-)

Posted by shafrazz on (May 7, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

It's nice to hear we able get sign the new deal with Somerset Entertainment Ventures this year. Please leave the Indian players if BCCI refused to let play. There are far better players around the world than Indians. Bring it on!

Posted by KP_84 on (May 7, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Has SLC resolved it's issues with BCCI? Because unless they have done that, this is just a waste of time - BCCI will cause further delay.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (May 7, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

A genuine question to SL Board and its cricket fans. Why do you have to depend on BCCI for your own leagues. If you are depending solely on BCCI then don't call it SLPL and don't blame BCCI for your own problems. We cannot solve your problem when we have our own. Also BCCI may not allow its regular players (may be some non regular ones). They already play huge amount of cricket and some players might not be interested in SLPL money as they already make huge money. SO don't blame if BCCI/IND players are not intersted in SLPL. But i wish the SL board good luck as some domestic players will get monetary benefits.

Posted by cric_freakNo2 on (May 7, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

can any country dare to have a "premiere league of TEST"?

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

This just overdose of T20 cricket and I clearly see the slow death of the good old test cricket if this overdose goes on and on

Posted by Head_gear on (May 7, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

I am not Considering BPL 2nd Bt with the interest for Sri Lankan players in the World and considering Gayle paid $800k in the inaugural BPL, the 3rd highest rated team in ICC t20 team rankings it'll be a shame if we can't pay 1/2 of that amount considering the no. of matches played. As a cricket board Sri lankan cricket board must keep looking on these as well,becs we can't climb directly to top it may take 3 or 4 yrs to Settle. They must take proper attention on Sri lankan players as well If foreign key players are paid high they too must be paid high.we worth our players!Bt I am pretty sure many International players would like to get involved with the World T20 in september.However I don't like the exactly copy cat name IPL It's better if they are trying another name like Premiers T20,Sri lanka Premier Elevens.etc .Franchise names Of some franchises too must be modified like what of Kandurata Kites becs Kites doesn't relate anything with the teams(doesn't tell sanga is flying kites)

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

won't be a success like IPL..and BCCI will not allow Indian players to take part.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

oh wow good slc board thiefs. what a waste of time too many t20 tournaments as it is should have been before bangladesh t20 at least

Posted by British_North_America on (May 7, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

SL board is very clever, all the criketers will participate to have some practice for wc

Posted by Head_gear on (May 7, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

It's good to see such a tournament is organized in sri lanka. Bt it's nt pleasent to hear the same repeat oF IPL or BPL here also bcs prior to that Sri lanka had Five elevens tournament which was a unique name.Another problem is how the Franchises are auctioned and the Players will be auctioned.As i remember BPL franchises went to app.$10m(approximately low) Bt IPL franchises fetch very high prices.So If there is such a tournament in Sri Lanka the franchises must be sold at least 1/3 of the IPL franchise prices considering their present value And they must be more than BPL Franchise prices.The other problem is How the Domestic and International players who are participating are going to be paid.Last year they were planning to pay a max of $30ks for a foreign player bt it didnt highlight any amount for the LOcal players like Mahela Sanga or Dilshan who are in top 10 of ICC t20 rankings.

Posted by Brdmara on (May 7, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

wow back i was waiting 4 this moment its back . thanks SLCB

Posted by Charindra on (May 7, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

It's right after the Indian tour of SL, but will the big name players stay back and play in this?? Cuz otherwise I don't see this going far.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

I guess the only positive thing would be for the foreign players to get some good match practice in Sri Lankan pitches just before the T20 WC!

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

Bangladesh Premier League. SriLanka Premier League. Indian Premier League. T2O tournaments ok,but honestly,the names are pathetic. Look at soccer leagues:

Seria A : Italian' Premier LEague'. Bundesliga : German 'Premier League'. La Liga : Spanish 'premier' league. Dutch Eredivisa.

Make better,catchier names,not a laughing stock of a name.Kudos to australia for 'Big Bash League' , good name i say. What SL and Bangladesh are doing is trying to make money out of thin air,they need the brains and Money of Lalit Modi,BPL was a big failure in ratings and attendance and the matches were borefest.SLPL need someone like MOdi.No Modi means no success.IPL4 was a disaster in everything,bad attendency , ratings took a plunge => TERRIBLE MATCHES!!!

Posted by spinnermatt on (May 7, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Genuinely, does anybody actually care??

Indian Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League, English T20 Cup, Australian Big Bash and now the Sri Lankan Premier League... zzzzzzzzz

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Good Time For Srilanka Cricket Board Robbers!! The Main AIM Should Be Stolen Public/SLC Money For The Robbers.. Espn Crcinfo Please Be Alert On Financial Side....

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Too many of these T20 tournaments is getting in the way of International Cricket and ruining the game. I hope International matches clashes with these tournaments especially the IPL because nobody really cares about these tournaments such as IPL, BPL, BBL etc besides the people of those countries.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

i bet, the bcci will come with another hurdle.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (May 7, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Will Sachin Tendulkar be allowed to take part in this tournament by the BCCI?

Posted by Stark62 on (May 7, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

The temperatures will be peaking around 38-42*C!

I know it's T20 but 20 overs is much longer then people think, not unless all matches are going to be D/N.

Will there be an auction or something for the players?

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Good Decision..It will be very interesting....

Posted by s.a.91 on (May 7, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Things happen only when the BCCI wants them to happen, don't they?

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

Hopefully there will be some associates and affiliates players as well.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

it will not popular like IPL ...

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