Sri Lanka news July 14, 2013

SLPL player draft postponed to July 20

Sri Lanka Cricket has postponed the player draft of the second season of Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) by six days to July 20, the tournament's chief executive officer Ajith Jayasekara has said.

The player draft was scheduled for July 14 but Jayasekara said, "We have extended the time for all the franchises to pay up their fees to SLC and to Somerset Entertainment Ventures before the players' draft can be held."

Somerset Entertainment Ventures is SLC's promotion partner for the league.

"We have given them a deadline till Tuesday evening [July 16] after which we will terminate their contracts and open tenders for next year," Jayasekara said.

Jayasekara also stated that the second season of SLPL would go ahead as scheduled from August 10 to September 7 even if the number of teams is reduced from its present strength of seven.

Several international players like Chris Gayle, Mushfiqur Rahim and members of the South African team, who will be touring Sri Lanka later this week, are said to have indicated their willingness to participate in the tournament.