Sri Lanka news May 10, 2012

SLPL to be played in Colombo, Pallekele

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The inaugural edition of the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) will be played from August 10 to 31, Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed. The tournament will feature seven provincial teams, and be played at two venues - the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and the Pallekele International Stadium.

Each team will be allowed a maximum of six overseas players in their squads and four in their playing XI, SLC said in a release. Also, it will be necessary for each team to field a local under-21 player in every game. The SLC will name icons, from among the national players, for each team shortly. The teams' branding will based on the unique features of the province they represent.

SLC had signed a new deal with Somerset Entertainment Ventures to hold the league on May 5, ESPNcricinfo had learned earlier. Initially, 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), prompting a new deal to be drawn up.

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  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Okay, until now I thought the IPL names were stupid.. And for Kandurata, why not call it Kandyans. while not creative at least its not any worse than Mumbai Indians.

  • POSTED BY Firefly on | May 13, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Err...thanks to the Gypsies I remembered another one..Hoa about Kandurate Kurumitoes?

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | May 13, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    @Vikas_USIT "Why this infatuation with alliteration?" Funny!! Couldn't agree more. Let's just say our cricket establishment is not headed by greatest of minds!!!

  • POSTED BY Firefly on | May 13, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    How about Kandurata Kings? Kandurata Kollo's? Then again how about Northern Tigers, Southern Lions, Central Corruptors, Keeping up with Indians etc. Yes I agree with most people that this is just going to end in tragedy if its not managed well and no rest for the ususual players. Yet it could be used to get many of the outstation boys to be really interested in cricket (not monet or fame) and to be competitive and work hard. Again it is upto the organisers to see if they bring anything good or play to those who want to make a quick buck.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | May 12, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Kandurata Kites?!?! LOL even I wouldn't have thought of such a stupid name for a team, they should change it or else the SLPL could (and probably will) be a huge flop.

  • POSTED BY Code_Lyoko on | May 12, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    must change logos & names of the leagues! Need to have a separate web site for SLPL

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Good chance for the youngsters to perform with international players..

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    I think the names are ok..........bt except 4 the central province (Kadurata).....bettr changin it!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    For everyone's information I think there's only one reason behind naming these sides, in fact I strongly believe this should be the reason so as to name sides in a funny way to put it simplistic. It's coming from high-authority and you can see there are core-relation between names in SLPL and Carlton Rugby 7's. If you know what I mean. Anyway this is going to be the joke of the year "Nagenahira Nagas" you got to be kidding me. Or may be the biggest joke in the history of the game of Cricket. Well done SLCB and good luck or I forgot, please don't stay without paying for players after August.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Ashwin sharma. Correction. First ICL not IPL

  • POSTED BY on | May 14, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Okay, until now I thought the IPL names were stupid.. And for Kandurata, why not call it Kandyans. while not creative at least its not any worse than Mumbai Indians.

  • POSTED BY Firefly on | May 13, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    Err...thanks to the Gypsies I remembered another one..Hoa about Kandurate Kurumitoes?

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | May 13, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    @Vikas_USIT "Why this infatuation with alliteration?" Funny!! Couldn't agree more. Let's just say our cricket establishment is not headed by greatest of minds!!!

  • POSTED BY Firefly on | May 13, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    How about Kandurata Kings? Kandurata Kollo's? Then again how about Northern Tigers, Southern Lions, Central Corruptors, Keeping up with Indians etc. Yes I agree with most people that this is just going to end in tragedy if its not managed well and no rest for the ususual players. Yet it could be used to get many of the outstation boys to be really interested in cricket (not monet or fame) and to be competitive and work hard. Again it is upto the organisers to see if they bring anything good or play to those who want to make a quick buck.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | May 12, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Kandurata Kites?!?! LOL even I wouldn't have thought of such a stupid name for a team, they should change it or else the SLPL could (and probably will) be a huge flop.

  • POSTED BY Code_Lyoko on | May 12, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    must change logos & names of the leagues! Need to have a separate web site for SLPL

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Good chance for the youngsters to perform with international players..

  • POSTED BY on | May 12, 2012, 1:29 GMT

    I think the names are ok..........bt except 4 the central province (Kadurata).....bettr changin it!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    For everyone's information I think there's only one reason behind naming these sides, in fact I strongly believe this should be the reason so as to name sides in a funny way to put it simplistic. It's coming from high-authority and you can see there are core-relation between names in SLPL and Carlton Rugby 7's. If you know what I mean. Anyway this is going to be the joke of the year "Nagenahira Nagas" you got to be kidding me. Or may be the biggest joke in the history of the game of Cricket. Well done SLCB and good luck or I forgot, please don't stay without paying for players after August.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Ashwin sharma. Correction. First ICL not IPL

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Kandurata name should be changed. It cannot be kites please find a suitable name.

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    thanks bangladesh.............................

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    it is going to be very good Chance For young SL cricketers

  • POSTED BY on | May 11, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    I think the money and leagues like IPL, BigBash, SAPL, SLPL, EPL, etc will result in overdose. It is good for the non regular players though. It will have local appeal. For example, why would someone from pakistan be interested in a Perth Scorchers or a Sussex game? Why would a kiwi be keen to follow a Rajasthan game? So best is to focus on tests and ODIs between countries. Make it mandatory for players to represent domestic competitions. Let contracted players play max - 2 such T20 leagues(SLP and IPL or IPL and EPL or SLPL and BigBash). Let non-contracted players play more t20 provided they take part in 3 months of domestic cricket. Else Cricket will become a bore. Even the IPL will fail. ICC must step in and regulate these.

  • POSTED BY bala2rahul on | May 11, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Please please reconsider the team names. SLC, you are getting a big thumbs down from all the cricket fans.

  • POSTED BY Vikum72 on | May 11, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    I can't see any rationale behind these names. Are they trying to give the tournament a comical touch? SLC please change these names immediately!

  • POSTED BY Penny71 on | May 10, 2012, 23:12 GMT

    Also where is Rajarata Rambutan???

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | May 10, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Uva Unicorns?! HA HA HA. I bet the players will be praying they aren't part of the team that is named Unicorns! Will their helmets have a single horn pointing forward? That would be hilarious!

  • POSTED BY yasask on | May 10, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    guys, a 'naga' is a snake

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Hideous team names :/ not so professional...

  • POSTED BY Head_gear on | May 10, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Didn't they have any other names to put in for the League and Teams.Sri Lankan Premier Elevens ,Serendib cup,Sri Lankan premiers or Lions League T20 would hv been better options.I hope others hv better names as well.Talkin abt team names Uva Unicorns,Southern Rhinos,Utura Oryxes and Wayamba wolves might be ok bt wht abt the other 3 teams don't they hv an ability to find sm names whr we can stop laughing. Talkin abt Icon players I think Sanga,Mahela and Dilly would captain 3 and Tharanga and Matthews must captain 2 others Vettori and Afridi are better captainship options,Bt if Yuvraj is going to play it's better if we can let him a chance to make Captaincy or VC

  • POSTED BY KP_84 on | May 10, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    What the heck is a 'naga'? Pretty sure it's not English. As Shamilan Doole points out, it sounds a bit like a colloquial Sinhalese word for 'sister'. If I were able to watch it, I'd look forward to it. Unfortunately, considering Foxtel won't even show the IPL, they probably won't even considering telecasting the SLPL. We get coverage of the damned Pro40 competition from England and yet we can't see the IPL! Ridiculous!

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | May 10, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    @sachinkhairnar5983: Your Idea is good and has better logic than majority of those so called cricket boards. But with your composition, it's only realistic that either a Bangladesh or a Sri Lankan team will win the APL. I guess 5 each from Ind and Pak & 2 each from SL and BAN would make much sense. Group A & B will comprise of 7 teams each.

    Group A: 3 Indian Teams 2 Pakistani Teams 1 Sri Lankan Team 1 Bangladeshi Team

    Group B: 3 Pakistani Teams 2 Indian Teams 1 Sri Lankan Team 1 Bangladeshi Team

    Each will play 6 matches. Top 2 from each group will go to play offs.

    I think 4 international rule and 1 U21 rule should apply for all teams.

  • POSTED BY ElPhenomeno on | May 10, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    With team names like that there will be no shortage of comedy, that's for sure.

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | May 10, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    All the best to SLPL. As a Bangladeshi cricket fan, I want this tournament a big success. Srilankans are different than other nations in south asia, and they have respect for others (does not matter how big or small they are in cricket). So they deserve this.

  • POSTED BY ranga_s on | May 10, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Only 2 problems...1 is laughable and other I don't know why..The names...Please if you play an International Circuit please put effort to get names that will catch up in other countries..I mean how hard is it to call Western Bears rather than Basnahira Bears..and the other thing is the number of grounds..why only 2 Could have easily used 4 grounds and earn revenue even...I really doubt Colombo crowd will spend time watching preliminary stage matches..With knockouts not more than 40 games will be played and could have easily spread around 4 grounds like Hambantota, Dambulla, Pallekale, RPS. Apart from those other stuff are atleast theoretically good. only 6 foreign players making only 2 benched..I hope Pakistan and West Indies and South Africans will take part in this...Sue as hell those guys play lovely cricket...Unless SLC run after money, this tournament can be good for cricket.. Especially in Sri Lanka..

  • POSTED BY ElBeeDubya on | May 10, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    This is the best league EVA. Rhyming names (Kites, Yes, KITES! and Unicorns! tangling in Taprobane!!!) and the cream of the crop (49 local players) and some left-over foreign mega-ultra-super-duper stars like Pollard (who is the GREATEST allrounder since Sobers)! I can't wait!! Any news on cheerleader composition?? Page 2 writers must be drooling even in their sleep!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    another foolish idea of SL Cricket board.giving practices for for forign players in SL pitches n new bowlers and batsman in local arena....!

  • POSTED BY Jay_candid on | May 10, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    @lankanlioncric , dude without talking about India cant survive.. understand that first..

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    this should be carlton 2020 for sure!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY lankanlioncric on | May 10, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    people, plz dont talk about india or IPL here. this is about SLPL n sri lanka

  • POSTED BY rukii on | May 10, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @rezmata and others who are confused with foreign players policy . only six foreign players are allowed in squads and of them only for can play a match. for me the only reason behind just two venues should be lack of international level grounds in east(nagenahira) and nothern(uthura) parts of the country. but the names looks funny.

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | May 10, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    sachinkhairnar5983@ AGREED excellent IDEA. But quesstion is, will the Foreigners will agree to play in Pakistan grounds ??

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | May 10, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    These are really money making ventures. Nothing else. Although as a Sri Lankan, I would like to see it succeed, I would actually prefer it to disappear all together. The best to me would be, shorten the IPL (the quality will improve - quality always trumps quantity); open a window in the calendar, let all leading players participate. Too many leagues will spoil cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    @sachinkhairnar5983 I CONCUR with you sir!

  • POSTED BY rezmata on | May 10, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    6 overseas players??? really?? It should be International Premier League. Another SLC blunder.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Excited-ish! One the one hand there is the 'Yeah! More Cricket' and then on the other hand there is the 'Oh No! More Cricket'!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Might be a good idea to include atleast 1 player from the minnows in each team - Afghanistan, Netherlands, Ireland, Kenya, Namibia, Canada, PNG, etc. The players should be allowedto play atleast 4 matches. BCCI should release the fringe and retired players such as Uthappa, Rahane, Raydu, Parthiv, Irfan, Yususf, Ganguly, Dravid, Venu Rao, Pankaj singh and promising youngsters like valthatty, Awana, madeep etc. That is atleast those not in the Test or ODI regular side. Chance for county and T20 specialists such as Murali karthik, Dinesh karthik, and ICL discards should be given. nothing against the SLPL but one t20 tournament per year is more than enough for regulars in test/ODI. If the money is more in SLPL, then the big guns (shewag, Sachin, Dhoni etc) should play only in SLPL and not IPL. Unless they are not regulars.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Nagenahira NAGAS....WHAT A FUNNY NAME....SOUNDS NAGENAHIRA SISTERS....DONT WE HAVE BETTER NAMES...HOPE THIS WONT BE A FLOP AGAIN LIKE THE LAST TIME

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Afridi is leading Ruhana Rhinos!!

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | May 10, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    It will be better to stop such leagues like IPL, SLPL,BPL and Pakistani are also planning the same with other name, Instead of that start Asian Premier League (APL). with more teams at least 16 divided into 2 groups and playing for the trophy. India-7,Pakistan-5, Srilanka 2, Bangladesh 2 teams. than quarter-final, semi final, Final. Teams, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Banglore, Kolkatta, Ahmedabad, Punjab, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Karachi, Islamabad, Sialkot, Colombo, Kandy, Dhaka, Chittagong. and for this teams 8 Asian players will play in every playing XI and three non-Asian Players. Total squad of 25: out of that 18 Asian Players and 7 foreigners and i bet it will be more interesting than this leagues. league matches 56, and rest 7 matches total 63 matches and touranament is done. So waht you think guys?

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Its a good composition of team... 7 domestic(with a u-21 player must) + 4 overseas..Hope BCCI follows d same in IPL...Only few IPL squads are having eligible U21 local player in thier squad ( SK Yadav,Varun Aron,Akshat,Ashish,Veer,Debrata)...

    BCCI should allow indian players to participate in this. Players who get minimal chances in IPL will get a chance here, the likes of rayudu,asish,debrata,saini,mandeep,harmeet etc...

  • POSTED BY BeatTheChamps on | May 10, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I can already hear Russel Arnold going bonkers in the commentary box

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    no point of watching these kinds of tournaments, it's a real waste. Modern day cricket boards have got their priorities wrong. Would be surprised if this won't turn into a major flop. 2 venues, endless matches, attendance will take a hit for the worst. plus the names are atrocious, it's kindergarten stuff. As a sri lankan fan it's really saddens me.

  • POSTED BY bluefunk on | May 10, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    hope the BCCI doesn't act spoilsport this time and allows indian players to participate. even if workload is an issue, it still leaves space and is a positive opportunity for a number of players who are not in immediate international reckoning. i'm still mystified as to why players from india were not allowed to participate in the recent edition of the bangladesh premier league.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Pakistani player are in it or not????????????

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 10, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Wow... Anirudh.. Look how many folks are there to correct u man.. Keeop these guys with u always.. You can never do anything wrong in your entire life.. Lol..

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | May 10, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan: They are just following the tradition to bash BCCI for each and everything that happens in any cricketing nation!

  • POSTED BY Surajrises on | May 10, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    7 Teams and only 2 venues! People would be bored to see the matches happening in the same venue...

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    T20 charm of cricket will go fast if tournament like this will come often. First IPL, than BPL and SLPL, amazing all cricket boards wants to make money and they are least bother about the cricket growth. These tournaments are draining criketers likeanything and there cricket lives are getting shorter. God bless SLPL AND other leagues!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Anirudh only one u21 sri player is said to have to put in

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 10, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @Anirudh Krishnan ...its not 4 my dear, its only 1 under21 player in a playing XI !! FYI the XI should comprise 4 foreigners + 1 local U21 + other locals

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | May 10, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Kandurata Kites is the worst possible name I can imagine for a provincial team, even worse than Uva Unicorns :) But I like the fact that its getting off the ground and is played in Kandy and Colombo both as opposed to only Colombo. Only 4 provinces have world class cricket grounds so perhaps the future editions can help to develop such facilities in every province!

  • POSTED BY IshanH on | May 10, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    @ Anirudh Krishnan; Mate, please read the segment carefully before commenting. Not sure where you got the 4 under 21 player story from???

  • POSTED BY 1988_1988 on | May 10, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    it says they have to field atleast 1 u-21 local player not 4..i belive that is fine to have 1 u-21 player ion every team.

  • POSTED BY Sulaimaan91 on | May 10, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    LMAO at the team names.Its not necessary for the names to rhyme and start with the same letter-nil for creativity.

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    anirudh krishnan, can u read? it sed 1 UNDER 21 PLAYER great idea

  • POSTED BY Vikas_USIT on | May 10, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Why this infatuation with alliteration?

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    @anirudh plz read it again

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    @anirudh... its 6 players for side and only 4 players can play.... read carefully lol....

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Good for SL! 6 overseas players is bit too much i feel but it will add the excitement for sure! Bring local talents from SA,AUS amd ENG!

  • POSTED BY Vikas_USIT on | May 10, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Why this infatuation with alliteration?

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | May 10, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    where does it say the team has to have 4 u21 players? :-S please read before you comment! hope this goes well, SLC needs the money and the domestic league needs to draw the crowds

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Anirudh, do you not know how to read? There is only one under 21 player required you muppet.

  • POSTED BY TheRedox on | May 10, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @Anirudh Krishnan It says only one U21 player in each playing 11! :)

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | May 10, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    " 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 "

    How does the composition of a team depends on the other national players?Distracting news!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    @Anirudh Krishnan - It not 4 U21 players its only 1... Please read properly!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    the decision of fielding 4 u 21 players in every game is quite bizarre... 4 u21 4 foreign players and only 3 srilankans in each team above the age of 21? i vote getting the number of u 21 reduced from 4 to 2

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    This,is excellent,for cricket,that give chance to youngsters i cong,to SLCB,at last they ready to organised the event love to see PAKISTANI ,players in action :)

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  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    This,is excellent,for cricket,that give chance to youngsters i cong,to SLCB,at last they ready to organised the event love to see PAKISTANI ,players in action :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    the decision of fielding 4 u 21 players in every game is quite bizarre... 4 u21 4 foreign players and only 3 srilankans in each team above the age of 21? i vote getting the number of u 21 reduced from 4 to 2

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    @Anirudh Krishnan - It not 4 U21 players its only 1... Please read properly!!

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | May 10, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    " 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 "

    How does the composition of a team depends on the other national players?Distracting news!!

  • POSTED BY TheRedox on | May 10, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @Anirudh Krishnan It says only one U21 player in each playing 11! :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Anirudh, do you not know how to read? There is only one under 21 player required you muppet.

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | May 10, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    where does it say the team has to have 4 u21 players? :-S please read before you comment! hope this goes well, SLC needs the money and the domestic league needs to draw the crowds

  • POSTED BY Vikas_USIT on | May 10, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Why this infatuation with alliteration?

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Good for SL! 6 overseas players is bit too much i feel but it will add the excitement for sure! Bring local talents from SA,AUS amd ENG!

  • POSTED BY on | May 10, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    @anirudh... its 6 players for side and only 4 players can play.... read carefully lol....