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SLPL player draft postponed to July 20

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

July 14, 2013

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Uva's Seekkuge Prasanna is bowled by Brad Hogg for nine, Wayamba v Uva, SLPL, 1st semi-final, Colombo, August 28, 2012
The second season of SLPL is expected to go ahead as scheduled from August 10 to September 7 © Ron Gaunt/SPORTZPICS/SLPL

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.

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Posted by yorkslanka on (July 15, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Pointless tournament .if it is to succeed the best players from around the world need to be brought in..

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

this is a good chance to young SL need to BIG STARS...

Posted by ajithabey on (July 15, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

If SLPL T20's cannot attract the best players in the world why do we have to go through with a tournament with either retired or average players. What's the big deal in conducting this tournament especially when leading players from India, West Indies, Australia, England & Pakistan are involved in bi-lateral series.

Posted by 9ST9 on (July 15, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

If the number of teams is reduced it is indeed great for the SLPL since 7 is too many for a place like SL where the number of supporters isn't quite in the same league as India Bangladesh etc. 5 teams would provide much better entertainment and a closely fought series.

Posted by   on (July 15, 2013, 1:50 GMT)

Some reports of local media was contrary to this suggesting that SLPL is in stormed waters due to various issues! There are too many mushroom T20 tournaments cropping up and sooner they die better for cricket as a game!

Posted by SamWintson92 on (July 14, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

It's great to catch up the freelance T20 cricketers action in T20 tournaments like SLPL. Also player like Gayle adds the superstar element to it. As far as T20 cricketers of Bangladesh are concerned, Shakib, Tamim, Nasir would have been a good bet then Mushfiqur. I was looking forward to get a players list who will go under the hammer. It would have been an interesting read for the fans to analyze.

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