Sri Lanka news May 9, 2013

SLC seek change in Caribbean Premier League schedule

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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.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | May 11, 2013, 3:26 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, 12:59 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, 11:05 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, 11:01 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, 8:12 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, 7:08 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, 4:14 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, 23:58 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, 21:46 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 21:32 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.

  • POSTED BY Prem2248 on | May 11, 2013, 3:26 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, 12:59 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, 11:05 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, 11:01 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, 8:12 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, 7:08 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, 4:14 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, 23:58 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, 21:46 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 21:32 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.

  • POSTED BY yoadie on | May 9, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is now being yo-yoed by all and sundry. One day the string-pullers are Pakistan, the next they are Sri Lanka. Might these other cricket boards now view the WICB as being without leadership, and thus like a headless corpse, easy to drag around? Just today, a partial schedule for the 2013-14 Ashes series was revealed. And now here are the West Indies, on the eve of their international cricket season, and, nothing yet has been cast in stone. On the 50th anniversary of the seminal work Beyond A Boundary, CLR must be rolling in his grave at this ineptitude. Not to mention the signal of disrespect for Caribbean people and fans these up-in-the-air situations send. Before, by first going overseas to fill a key operations position, the WICB signaled to locals that they need not apply. And now this. Who now can make plans to visit the Caribbean to watch cricket? And, what do they know of cricket who only cricket know?

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Friends Life t20, CPL & SLPL all the tournaments are overlapping .. i don't see how SLPL surviving in here.. but as " Udendra " says SLPL have the viewership edge due to the time deference . wonder anyone will switch on the tv at midnight to watch a T20 match even carrabian players play superior t20 cricket .

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 9, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    If they move CPL forward, then it would clash with Pak's tour of ODI's and T20's, which has already had its Tests series sacrificed.

    Just do it after the CLT20 but then again, why have the icc given CLT20 a window?!?!

    In that time period, Pak and Windies could have adjusted their tour to play the Test and T20 series.

    It's all icc's fault!!

  • POSTED BY Sportsscientist on | May 9, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    any Caribbean tournament should be between September/October and Xmas - obviously don't start it in September due to the hurricane season. Now the problem is the T20 market might get saturated. There has got to be a balance and the ICC has to find an alternative to the FTP programme - the most ridiculous tournament in international sports - ANYWHERE !!!!

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | May 9, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    I dont think SLPL realizes that if CPL moves up thier tournament it directly competes with England's friendsife T20 which also has signed plently of international players...CPL should definetly be done in Nov after the CLT20...make it the first T20 tourney for the CLT20 qualifications.

  • POSTED BY DiamondSoul on | May 9, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Let me point out some draw backs of the SLPL 2012. 1) Tournament being not penetrative and lack of professionlism 2)Lack of indian players and Star international players(even BPL had some) 3)Look at some team jercies(Ex-Ruhuna) who have designed such thing 4) Some local talent like Kusal Janith nt given the chance and Chandimal was batting at 5 or 6 in the early part of the tournament 5)Gayle fact 6)U19 team players nt participating in SLPL cz of international scheduleSLPL

    If Sri lanka wants to make their domestic T20 fixture a blast they must make it unique to themselves jst as wht Ranathunga did reintroducing provincial cricket and what BBL organizers did.Hopefully the sports ministers will make a eye on this again and do sm miracle.then people will come

  • POSTED BY DiamondSoul on | May 9, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan.But I don't like the domestic T20 competition here in Sri Lanka going in the manner as this.Just If we can give a look about just from the organizers fact any body can understand this tournament is not penetrative.Seeing all what happens it gets in to my mind that where does the SEV stands and is it satisfactory in giving them half the profit through the tournament.I guess their work can be done easily (nd myt be better) through the sources SLC has already got. Um nt having any personal matter with SEV or the SLPL but i guess all these things could have happenned better than this.The tournament itself is non penetrative. Just seeing the way it goes CPL shows the symptoms of becoming more planned nd systematic tournaments of the world.Cz we wont be able to collide with such an mammoth.Even Pakistan players such as Hafeez had confirmed their participation. They were giant foreign players in last yrs SLPL. Nw its going to be the bad time guyzz.......

  • POSTED BY MoreCricket on | May 9, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    The boards should in stead focus on test cricket and allow their players to only IPL for 20-20 tournament. IPL is only one which is not only prestigious for the players to be part of it but also for the remaining countries to be proud of their players inclusion. Even I would suggest BCCI should instruct other boards to stay away from organising such turnaments which is complete waste of time/money or instead guide/ instruct ICC to stop these.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Hope their bring more color to SLPL and start an online broadcast, they should create a carnival environment in the stadium for more people to come and proved transport means, Ie more bus and train and enough parking. it's not bad to modify some rules and add bit more cameras. Hope it looks good and can stream online

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | May 9, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    IMO, the CPL is only good for viewers of America and Europe, due to the time difference. That means it will be missing the biggest portion of viewers in the Sub continent.

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  • POSTED BY Udendra on | May 9, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    IMO, the CPL is only good for viewers of America and Europe, due to the time difference. That means it will be missing the biggest portion of viewers in the Sub continent.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Hope their bring more color to SLPL and start an online broadcast, they should create a carnival environment in the stadium for more people to come and proved transport means, Ie more bus and train and enough parking. it's not bad to modify some rules and add bit more cameras. Hope it looks good and can stream online

  • POSTED BY MoreCricket on | May 9, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    The boards should in stead focus on test cricket and allow their players to only IPL for 20-20 tournament. IPL is only one which is not only prestigious for the players to be part of it but also for the remaining countries to be proud of their players inclusion. Even I would suggest BCCI should instruct other boards to stay away from organising such turnaments which is complete waste of time/money or instead guide/ instruct ICC to stop these.

  • POSTED BY DiamondSoul on | May 9, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan.But I don't like the domestic T20 competition here in Sri Lanka going in the manner as this.Just If we can give a look about just from the organizers fact any body can understand this tournament is not penetrative.Seeing all what happens it gets in to my mind that where does the SEV stands and is it satisfactory in giving them half the profit through the tournament.I guess their work can be done easily (nd myt be better) through the sources SLC has already got. Um nt having any personal matter with SEV or the SLPL but i guess all these things could have happenned better than this.The tournament itself is non penetrative. Just seeing the way it goes CPL shows the symptoms of becoming more planned nd systematic tournaments of the world.Cz we wont be able to collide with such an mammoth.Even Pakistan players such as Hafeez had confirmed their participation. They were giant foreign players in last yrs SLPL. Nw its going to be the bad time guyzz.......

  • POSTED BY DiamondSoul on | May 9, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Let me point out some draw backs of the SLPL 2012. 1) Tournament being not penetrative and lack of professionlism 2)Lack of indian players and Star international players(even BPL had some) 3)Look at some team jercies(Ex-Ruhuna) who have designed such thing 4) Some local talent like Kusal Janith nt given the chance and Chandimal was batting at 5 or 6 in the early part of the tournament 5)Gayle fact 6)U19 team players nt participating in SLPL cz of international scheduleSLPL

    If Sri lanka wants to make their domestic T20 fixture a blast they must make it unique to themselves jst as wht Ranathunga did reintroducing provincial cricket and what BBL organizers did.Hopefully the sports ministers will make a eye on this again and do sm miracle.then people will come

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | May 9, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    I dont think SLPL realizes that if CPL moves up thier tournament it directly competes with England's friendsife T20 which also has signed plently of international players...CPL should definetly be done in Nov after the CLT20...make it the first T20 tourney for the CLT20 qualifications.

  • POSTED BY Sportsscientist on | May 9, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    any Caribbean tournament should be between September/October and Xmas - obviously don't start it in September due to the hurricane season. Now the problem is the T20 market might get saturated. There has got to be a balance and the ICC has to find an alternative to the FTP programme - the most ridiculous tournament in international sports - ANYWHERE !!!!

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | May 9, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    If they move CPL forward, then it would clash with Pak's tour of ODI's and T20's, which has already had its Tests series sacrificed.

    Just do it after the CLT20 but then again, why have the icc given CLT20 a window?!?!

    In that time period, Pak and Windies could have adjusted their tour to play the Test and T20 series.

    It's all icc's fault!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Friends Life t20, CPL & SLPL all the tournaments are overlapping .. i don't see how SLPL surviving in here.. but as " Udendra " says SLPL have the viewership edge due to the time deference . wonder anyone will switch on the tv at midnight to watch a T20 match even carrabian players play superior t20 cricket .

  • POSTED BY yoadie on | May 9, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is now being yo-yoed by all and sundry. One day the string-pullers are Pakistan, the next they are Sri Lanka. Might these other cricket boards now view the WICB as being without leadership, and thus like a headless corpse, easy to drag around? Just today, a partial schedule for the 2013-14 Ashes series was revealed. And now here are the West Indies, on the eve of their international cricket season, and, nothing yet has been cast in stone. On the 50th anniversary of the seminal work Beyond A Boundary, CLR must be rolling in his grave at this ineptitude. Not to mention the signal of disrespect for Caribbean people and fans these up-in-the-air situations send. Before, by first going overseas to fill a key operations position, the WICB signaled to locals that they need not apply. And now this. Who now can make plans to visit the Caribbean to watch cricket? And, what do they know of cricket who only cricket know?