Sri Lanka Premier League 2012 June 13, 2012

Sri Lanka Premier League adopts franchise model

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The Sri Lanka Premier League has undergone a significant structural change, adopting a franchise system, with teams coming under private ownership instead of the SLC's control, and a draft system for those franchises to pick their players. The changes were announced on Wednesday by Sri Lanka Cricket, which also started the tender process for the franchise system. The SLC would have owned all seven teams had the tournament gone ahead as planned in 2011, but ESPNcricinfo understands that private commercial interest in owning teams has led the board to change its stance.

The reserve price for the franchises has been set at $3 million. The teams will be leased for an initial period of seven years, following which the franchisees will need to sign a fresh agreement but will have the first right of refusal. Those interested in owning a franchise will be allowed to bid for up to three teams. The tender process closes on June 25 and the bids will be opened the same day and the teams awarded to the highest bidders.

Under the original system, SLC would have assigned players to each team. However, given private ownership of the teams, there will now be a draft along the lines of the one held by the National Basketball Association in the United States. In the first year, a lottery will be held to determine the order in which players are picked. SLC will determine the value of the contract for each player in advance and the franchises will be made aware of the cost of the player. The players are likely to be drafted in two groups - the first consisting of players from Sri Lanka and the second all the foreign players. The draft is being seen as the best way to ensure that players are evenly distributed among the teams, making it a level playing field.

The seven provinces that will form teams are Basnahira, Kandurata, Nagenahira, Ruhuna, Uthura, Uva and Wayamaba. Each franchise will have an icon player, two of whom will be foreign players, and teams will be allowed a maximum of 18 players, out of which six can be foreign players.

Teams will be allowed play a maximum of four foreign players per game. Out of the remaining seven players in the XI, one must be a Sri Lanka Under-21 international.

SLC had signed a new deal with Somerset Entertainment Ventures to hold the league on May 5. 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.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | June 16, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    If we assume the icon players are the captains of their teams....I must say again...commady of errors done by SLC ...Lasith Maliga ..who has not even captained his club NCC..named as a cpatain.2.Foreign players are going to be appointed as captains......Wer is the future Sri Lankan Captain Angelo Mathews.....Chairman of SLC ..Can you answer this????????????

  • POSTED BY RGL87 on | June 15, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    What is the point of the 'icon players'? Also while I am a huge fan of Kumar Sangakkara and he is clearly one of the batsmen in the world, I am not convinced of his ability in T20 cricket...

  • POSTED BY YS_USA on | June 15, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Sinhababu, you are funny, man. Isn't that the way the world works??

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    sachin & gilly non other of them

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 14, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @bmoizuddin - I think they have a second name like Wayamba Wolves and Kandurata Kites :D

  • POSTED BY beeran on | June 14, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    pak pool will likely to be umar akmal,gul,ajmal,sohail tanvir&afridi!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    is there is any rules to fix international players as an icon?what are you going to do for methews, why he can't be an icon player?

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | June 14, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Looks like Sri Lankan cricket is also about to go down the same path as Indian cricket. Luckily there isn't nearly enough money in SL for it to pose a huge problem. The vultures in SLC and their political masters will bag most of the profits anyway.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    chris gayle and shahid afridi should be the other two players!

  • POSTED BY B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on | June 14, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    all is fine .. just a small suggestion only if the SLPL likes it or not... they have to change the names of the teams.. atleast add second name to the existing names..

  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | June 16, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    If we assume the icon players are the captains of their teams....I must say again...commady of errors done by SLC ...Lasith Maliga ..who has not even captained his club NCC..named as a cpatain.2.Foreign players are going to be appointed as captains......Wer is the future Sri Lankan Captain Angelo Mathews.....Chairman of SLC ..Can you answer this????????????

  • POSTED BY RGL87 on | June 15, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    What is the point of the 'icon players'? Also while I am a huge fan of Kumar Sangakkara and he is clearly one of the batsmen in the world, I am not convinced of his ability in T20 cricket...

  • POSTED BY YS_USA on | June 15, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Sinhababu, you are funny, man. Isn't that the way the world works??

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    sachin & gilly non other of them

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 14, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @bmoizuddin - I think they have a second name like Wayamba Wolves and Kandurata Kites :D

  • POSTED BY beeran on | June 14, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    pak pool will likely to be umar akmal,gul,ajmal,sohail tanvir&afridi!

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    is there is any rules to fix international players as an icon?what are you going to do for methews, why he can't be an icon player?

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | June 14, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Looks like Sri Lankan cricket is also about to go down the same path as Indian cricket. Luckily there isn't nearly enough money in SL for it to pose a huge problem. The vultures in SLC and their political masters will bag most of the profits anyway.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    chris gayle and shahid afridi should be the other two players!

  • POSTED BY B.Moizuddin.Gouhar on | June 14, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    all is fine .. just a small suggestion only if the SLPL likes it or not... they have to change the names of the teams.. atleast add second name to the existing names..

  • POSTED BY abhitupe on | June 14, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Now here is the thing. England out rightly denies that promoting T20 is killing cricket, opposes IPL and here 'Somerset' wants to sign a deal. This is hypocrisy at its best. England grow up. Dont have double standards.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | June 14, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    @SachTLG Its not the league thats unique, but the way they marketed it thats unique. The locals love it, the overseas players who have absolutely no connection with the cities represent love to take part in it. Converting a popular idea from other sports into a successful reality in another is no joke. No other wanna be IPL -like - league will be as successful. You can be damn sure about that. In terms of quality, SLPL will out do BPL but not IPL. Financially I think it has all the attributes to become cricket equivalent of a box office bomb !

  • POSTED BY Kadmin on | June 14, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    This could be a ripper, if SLC could pull this off. I would pay to see this as it looks interesting.

  • POSTED BY Head_gear on | June 14, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    @ Last a good thing.Otherwise if it hasn't got a franchise system i got a doubt that how the players would be played.I also think the animal names after the franchise names too are removed.But the problem arises in offering the captaincy I hoped Angelo and Tharanga could easily find teams to be captained.It might be due to as the SLC board is planning to add 2 more franchises in the next tournament.I think it will be a mega hit as both of Malinga and Murali captaining their sides for the first time and more attention from the people will be gained. But it's good if SLC can guarantee the payments for the foreign players as BPL was such a failure due to payment issues. But the franchises must begin planning even from their team jersey to make the fan attraction bigger.hope not their won't be fancy names and even ugly colours like that was in BPL. But it's good to keep a better look in Tendering television rights internationally and locally

  • POSTED BY Mr.Khb on | June 14, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    This will be a good chance for domestic players and upcoming young stars. Even Indian players wont participate it wont matter as there will be Pakistan players. Hope it will be succesful and will continue in the future as well.

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | June 14, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    TEAM names are so unique,antique and peculiar OHH MY GOD> I am not going to follow this.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | June 14, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    @anver777 - not sure but a local newspaper named the following players:

    Australia: Brad Hodge, Cameron White, Dan Christian, David Warner, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Tate. Bangladesh: Mohammed Ashraful, Thamim Iqbal and Shaqib Al Hasan Netherlands: Ryan Ten Doeschate Pakistan: Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razack, Misbah-Ul-Haq, Mohammed Sami and Umer Gul. South Africa: Albi Morkel, Herschelle Gibbs and David Jacobs. West Indies: Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Keiron Pollard and Shivnarine Chanderpaul New Zealand: Daniel Vettori and Ross Taylor.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | June 14, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Can somebody tell me, who are the probable foreign players who are interested in taking part in this competition ????????????

  • POSTED BY Meety on | June 14, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    If SL pull this off, it would be quite remarkable, this would potentially make it the 2nd biggest T20 domestic league, (unsure of the dollar contracts floating around in Eng's T20). With 4 Foreign players allowed in a game, the standard & wage bill be high. The MASSIVE problem as I see it is, that it would appear they are going to pitch this tournament right in the middle of the IPL (based on start date of 5th May). I wonder if March would be a better time to play, I know it eats into potential Test slots, (Oz usually tour this time of year)! == == == Any money on Sanath coming out of retirement, maybe legislating that he MUST be an icon? LOL!

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | June 14, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Make way for another IPL cousin.Hope the players get paid int his tournament unlike BPL.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | June 14, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Yeah I know all this T20 is a madness and it will end up destroying cricket - but strange why people are criticizing only a few boards when they start their tournaments. So what they basically are saying is Let a few boards run the show,and be rich and let the others 'preserve cricket' by not having T20 contests. Biased comments.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | June 14, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    wannabe IPL? IPL was in fact a wannabe ICL in the first place - It's a huge copy cat operation that was successful.. so maybe another copy cat operation might work... who knows? It's funny how people think IPL is a 'unique' thing. IPL = ECB's t20 format + NBA/MLB/NFL naming + american franchise system+ ugly colors from ICL + 'Premier league name from English Premier League'

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    For love of god..dont name it a premier leauge...please dont. If Football fans ever find out about the naming of tournaments it'll be a laughing stock.

  • POSTED BY YS_USA on | June 13, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    Everyday, let them play test matches during the day and T20 games every night as they do in the USA.

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | June 13, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    SLC got something right...IPL and all T20 domestic tourneys should be franchise models..better for the league and fan loyalty and team development. well done. also ICON players have to be sri lankan so most likely Uva- Chaminda Vaas, Nagehari- Sanath Jayasuriya

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    It will be great if SLPL can pull it off this time. If Bangladesh can do it, SL can do it too. However, $3M for reserve for the fanchises is a bit too much even though it is for 7 years. The danger of SLPL is off course the packed T20 leagues thats going on all over these days. Neverthless, its good money for cricketers, more options to bring in new players and definitely will make things more exciting for each boards to agree on schedules for their tournaments...

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | June 13, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Yet another wannable IPL, but will end up being a very poor imitation of IPL, if it gets off the ground in the first place!!

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | June 13, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    How many more PL we need...T20 is getting more attention that other formats....

  • POSTED BY Dilmah82 on | June 13, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Well for this inagural series why don't they make the two other icon players Chaminda Vaas and perhaps either one of Sanath Jayasuriya, or Thilan Sameeraweera. Thats the full set of stars that have kept SL cricket going in the last decade or so

  • POSTED BY K.H.Dushmantha on | June 13, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Icon player Uva - V.Sehwag or Afridi ;Nagenahira - D.Warner or Kevin Pietersen

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | June 13, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    I don't know how players making tons of money can be bad for cricket..

    There are many lawyers, doctors, engineers, businessmen, accountants, plant operators, policemen, clerks, ect, ect, ..who chose a more stable career over cricket ..

    as a West Indian I can safely say that Cricket is played only by those who can earn more playing cricket than they would in regular life or by those who are so well set that they can slum it for 10 years and still be financially safe.

    When WI fans talk about cricketers, they talk knowing that half of them can perform better than those who actually make up the WI team these days ...

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | June 13, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    You know what this is how the International Cricket gonna be ruined. Every single coun try will try to have their own T20 league. Its profitable so sponsors will throw money. Player will get paid lot more than what they got paid from their board. Now one pietersen left cricket in 5year time most of the good player will choose to play one form of cricket to ensure that they have enough time to play in those leagues and earn good amount of money. For some countries it wont even take 5year. If NZC force their player to play for NZ in England nxt year instead of IPL they'll refuse now, some of them will just go. WI players too choose to play in lucratice league over their country. Honestly WTH is happening. Probably we will never have player like Sachin, Dravid, Wasim again :(.

  • POSTED BY ashraf1991 on | June 13, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    lol...who really cares bout SLPL!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I doubt Pakistan will ever have their own T20 league -_-

  • POSTED BY TheRedox on | June 13, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Most likely Nagenahira=Afridi,Uva=Vettori!

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  • POSTED BY TheRedox on | June 13, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Most likely Nagenahira=Afridi,Uva=Vettori!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    I doubt Pakistan will ever have their own T20 league -_-

  • POSTED BY ashraf1991 on | June 13, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    lol...who really cares bout SLPL!!

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | June 13, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    You know what this is how the International Cricket gonna be ruined. Every single coun try will try to have their own T20 league. Its profitable so sponsors will throw money. Player will get paid lot more than what they got paid from their board. Now one pietersen left cricket in 5year time most of the good player will choose to play one form of cricket to ensure that they have enough time to play in those leagues and earn good amount of money. For some countries it wont even take 5year. If NZC force their player to play for NZ in England nxt year instead of IPL they'll refuse now, some of them will just go. WI players too choose to play in lucratice league over their country. Honestly WTH is happening. Probably we will never have player like Sachin, Dravid, Wasim again :(.

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | June 13, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    I don't know how players making tons of money can be bad for cricket..

    There are many lawyers, doctors, engineers, businessmen, accountants, plant operators, policemen, clerks, ect, ect, ..who chose a more stable career over cricket ..

    as a West Indian I can safely say that Cricket is played only by those who can earn more playing cricket than they would in regular life or by those who are so well set that they can slum it for 10 years and still be financially safe.

    When WI fans talk about cricketers, they talk knowing that half of them can perform better than those who actually make up the WI team these days ...

  • POSTED BY K.H.Dushmantha on | June 13, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Icon player Uva - V.Sehwag or Afridi ;Nagenahira - D.Warner or Kevin Pietersen

  • POSTED BY Dilmah82 on | June 13, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Well for this inagural series why don't they make the two other icon players Chaminda Vaas and perhaps either one of Sanath Jayasuriya, or Thilan Sameeraweera. Thats the full set of stars that have kept SL cricket going in the last decade or so

  • POSTED BY Shajadul on | June 13, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    How many more PL we need...T20 is getting more attention that other formats....

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | June 13, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Yet another wannable IPL, but will end up being a very poor imitation of IPL, if it gets off the ground in the first place!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    It will be great if SLPL can pull it off this time. If Bangladesh can do it, SL can do it too. However, $3M for reserve for the fanchises is a bit too much even though it is for 7 years. The danger of SLPL is off course the packed T20 leagues thats going on all over these days. Neverthless, its good money for cricketers, more options to bring in new players and definitely will make things more exciting for each boards to agree on schedules for their tournaments...