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SLC seek change in Caribbean Premier League schedule

Andrew Fidel Fernando

May 9, 2013

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Muttiah Muralitharan bowls, Ruhuna Royals v Uthura Rudras, SLPL, Colombo, August 14, 2012
Muttiah Muralitharan has committed to playing both tournaments but has not yet decided which one he will prioritise © Ron Gaunt/SPORTZPICS/SLPL
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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has asked the West Indies Cricket Board to reschedule the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL), in order to avoid a scheduling clash with the Sri Lanka Premier League, SLPL director Ajit Jayasekara has said. The CPL is scheduled between July 29 and August 26, while the SLPL is penciled in for an August 10 start. SLC cannot postpone their tournament because the Champions League T20, which will feature SLPL winners in the qualifying stage, begins in mid-September.

"There is quite a big overlap there, and because we announced our tournament last year and have set that window aside, we have asked the Caribbean Premier League tournament to move their tournament up," Jayasekara said. "Those discussions haven't started yet, but we are hopeful we can work something out."

The scheduling clash was brought into focus this week after former Sri Lankan offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan signed with the CPL. Muralitharan said he has not yet decided which tournament he will prioritise. In addition to being one of the SLPL's biggest draws, Muralitharan was also the icon player for his Uthura Rudra's franchise in the inaugural tournament last year. However, as one of only six international signings, he is a major asset to the CPL as well.

Chris Gayle also has an SLPL deal for the next two years, but his contract with the Uva Next franchise is fitted with an escape clause, and he is almost certain to forego the SLPL to play in his home board's Twenty20 tournament. In addition to player unavailability, the presence of a competing Twenty20 league undermines SLPL's global broadcast value as well.

Jayasekara said SLPL's organisers were in discussions with several new foreign players, and will be announcing new signings in the months to come. Last year's tournament was played at only two venues - Colombo and Kandy - but the 2013 tournament is likely include more venues, Jayasekara said.

"We only had one production crew last time, but we have two this year, so that gives us more options. We are looking at Hambantota, Galle, Moratuwa and Dambulla as venues as well."

The Uva Next franchise won 2012's SLPL but was unable to move ahead of the qualifying stage of the Champions League T20 in South Africa. The tournament itself was mired in a series of controversies, including late player payments, but turned a minor profit for SLC.

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Posted by Prem2248 on (May 11, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

SLC officials seems to have highly worried about the future of M'tharan, M'ela, S'kkara but not the future of SLan Cricket itself and the players the likes of Angelo Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Malinda Pushpakumara, DulanjanaMendis, Tharindu Khausal,.....Due to the ignorance of these officials there is no proper plans for continuity of the Game in the Country. Even the space provided for youngsters to play their Game freely has been getting reduced day by day particularly in towns. Whatever spaces left has been given to individual clubs, schools and other useless projects. If not for players coming from coastal areas like Ambalangoda, Moratuwa there is no more International Cricket left with the Country.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Will cricket means premier leagues in future? and amazingly the players are more delighted (or at least try) to feature in all with enthusiasm. Wonder if they can show such enthusiasm for their country in tests.

Posted by CricketMaan on (May 10, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

So other than Ashes, the whole world accepts its these '..PL's that will survive!!! IPL, BPL, Big Bash, ProT20, CPL, SLPL, PSL..phew!!

Posted by jackthelad on (May 10, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

These are both dead-letter tournaments for the rest of the world. CPL as it is out of step timewise with the rest of the world, SLPL because it is a pale and ill-run parody of IPL.

Posted by shihan12 on (May 10, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

I think CPL is just for the Caribbean people because of the time gap. Do you really think that subcontinent people will waste their good night sleep for a club match? So its good to go with SLPL that CPL even I think Pakistan players also more interest in SLPL than CPL.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

@Stan this is a club cricket match and most of the players are carrabian it's not an international match like whole 11 subcontinent players to watch .do you really think that this hardworking subcontinent fans will skip their best part of their sleep to watch a club match ?

@Parakrama crowd is never an issue in SL , quality of T20 cricket what matters, even for an international match we have a really low crowd comparing to india , btw CSK's home(Chennai) is twice bigger than Sri lanka,so do you think it's a really hard thing to fill up a stadium in india? comparing IPL crowd with SLPL crowd is kind of a narrow minded thing i guess.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 3:14 GMT)

Where you find spectators for SLPL. Last year only about 5% of spectators were there comparing IPL matches.Some sort of incentive should be given to Sri Lankan spectators. Even Bangladesh PL had more crowd than SLPL

Posted by MH19 on (May 9, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

I respect Ajith Jayasekera as he is a professional, gentleman and a good administrator. However why do we have to worry about CPL we Sri Lankans hava a abundance attitude of performing where ever the world we are. So stick to SLPL decision and carry on with the tournament does not matter who is available or not available as we have plenty of talent on show including players from North & East now.Show the world how capable we are organising events and look for local sponsors to come and rescue the local tournament.

Posted by rmr_don on (May 9, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

CPL, BPL or the SLPL ...... IPL is the best entertaining.........

Posted by   on (May 9, 2013, 20:32 GMT)

Games starting at 8 p.m in the Caribbean are ideal for the sub-Continent, not so for Europe. That would be I think 5:30 a.m in the sub-Continent while in Europe it would be 1 a.m. upwards. So in effect the CPL would be broadcast in subContinent similar to times IPL games are broadcast in North America.

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