Sri Lanka news July 7, 2013

SLPL second season draft on July 14


The player draft of the second Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) season is scheduled for July 14 in Colombo and is expected to contain several international players, including a strong South African contingent, according to the league's chief executive officer, Ajith Jayasekara. The league is scheduled between August 10 and September 7.

"We have the entire South African squad with the exception of Dale Steyn and Jacques Kallis lined up to take part," Jayasekara said. "Pakistan has also shown their intention to send their present lot of cricketers but the participation of most of their key players depends on whether their tour to Zimbabwe takes place."

South Africa are due to tour Sri Lanka from July 20 to August 6 for five ODIs and three T20s and there is a possibility that members of the visiting team will stay back to participate in the league.

"With the exception of England and India, players from all the other Test-playing nations have shown interest in participating in the league," Jayasekara said. "Even a top performer like Chris Gayle has expressed his intention to take part once the Caribbean Premier League ends on August 24."

Other West Indian players like fast bowlers Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor, as well as Australians such as Doug Bollinger, Brad Hodge and Shaun Tait are among those who are expected to participate. The list also includes Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain. Jayasekara also said the franchises would reveal the list of players they are releasing by July 8.

The draft rules allow a franchise to pick a minimum of 19 and a maximum of 25 players. If they stick to 19 players, the franchises have to pick seven international cricketers, nine domestic cricketers and three under-21 cricketers. If the squad comprises 25 members, the numbers change to 10, 11 and four respectively.

Last season, 56 international players, mostly from Australia and Pakistan, and 90 local players were drafted in the league.

Jayasekara brushed aside reports of problems with player payments in the first season. "We are perhaps the only league in the world to pay the players fees on time. Even the IPL has faltered on its payments. Some of the players who represented Kochi Tuskers Kerala have yet to receive their money and most of the players who took part in the Bangladesh Premier League have not been paid."

Like last season, officials of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit will monitor all matches of the second season of the SLPL. SLC is also looking to increase the number of venues this season and matches are scheduled in Hambantota, Galle, Dambulla and Kurunegala, apart from the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and Pallekele stadium in Kandy. Jayasekera said the SLC was also exploring the possibility of hosting matches at Moratuwa and Matara.

"We want to take the matches to the provinces that are being represented in the tournament," Jayasekera said. "Some of the matches will be day games because the venues do not have facilities for night matches."

The SLPL was set up by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to generate steady revenue to improve their wavering financial position after the 2011 World Cup. SLC signed a 15-year agreement with a Singapore-based company, Somerset Entertainment Ventures, to host the SLPL under an equal profit sharing arrangement.

Jayasekera indicated that in the inaugural year, SLC earned as much as SLR 285 million, a figure which they approximately expect to receive each year over the next 14 years.

The number of teams participating in the league this year is the same as last season: Uva Next (defending champions), Nagenahira Nagas (runner-up), Kandurata Warriors and Wayamba United (losing semi-finalists), Ruhuna Royals, Uthura Rudras and Basnahira Cricket Dundee.

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  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    i hope that tamim will play he played excellent last year for wayamba united

  • Yohan on July 14, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Team captains 1) Wayamba - Mahela 2) Uthura - Murali 3) Nagenahira - Mathews 4) Ruhuna - Malinga 5) Uva - Kandambi 6) Basnahira - Dilshan & 7) Kandurata - Sangakkara

  • dinesh on July 9, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    it is shame BCCI ban indian players from participating SLPL. yes of course SLPL is somewhat second level tourney. but BCCI worry is how well sri Lankan uncapped younger players get to know about inidan premier players. (as Indian young batsmen familiar with malinga's bowling through IPL). they always gave the priority to their national interest and IPL is ideal platform to groom younger players with the exposure of major international players. that is why the younger generation of player of india easily adapted in international arena and performed well. BCCI knew it very well and that is why they not participated their players in others t20 leagues like BBL, BPL, and SLPL. on the other hand other countries' cricket boards helpless on restrict their players from participating IPL just because of two reasons. one - the amount of money IPL threw to players for participation, two - the power BCCI gain in ICC.

  • Android on July 8, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    good to have 3 test vs SA. bcs we dont have more test than other cuntry's... SLC,lets see...

  • udendra on July 8, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    Playing in stadiums such as Moratuwa, Matara, etc is good. But do those grounds have the necessary facilities to host international level players?

  • Yohan on July 8, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    I d prefer to have 3 match test series vs South Africa than SLPL . yet looking forward to see how this second edition is going to happen . why should they draft players again ? better if they stick with same squads and draft new players entered . i m happy about decentralizing this tournament to grounds like Moratuwa , Galle , Kurunegala which will pull more crowds . SL need to find couple of bowlers in this tournament .

  • Tony on July 7, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    BBL is failure is a failure because there's no connection with the teams. There is no mention in their team name that Sydney Thunder represents the west of Sydney which is a lucrative market and has the largest participation of sport in the country. What's the point in having a team called Uva when they don't play in Badulla let alone have players from there. Better off just having teams that pull the crowds in and name them after cities. It's good to hear Moratuwa will have games but I think they should have their own side though considering how many int. players have come from there. Same with Galle, Matara, Matale, Kandy, Negombo, obviously Colombo and even possibly Jaffna. Nobody feels a real connection to the teams, the sooner they realise that, the better.

  • Prashan on July 7, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    This is all nonsense! SLPL is a farce. Hardly anyone goes to watch it as great players have not shown interest. SLPL will never match IPL.

  • Shehan on July 7, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    The Big Bash League is not a crowd puller here in Aus. Most fans dont get the 'rivalry' since Melbourne and Sydney have two teams. Barring the IPL, there is no relevant T20 league, its just an entertainment option which conveniently yields money

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    What incentives SLC or organisers of SLPC give to spectators to see the matches? If not the stadiums will be empty.See the amount of money SLC is getting. SLPL is not a crowed puller like IPL, BIG BASH or Bangladesh PL

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