The Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) has been postponed to August 2012 after facing a series of problems, including the unexpected withdrawal of Indian players from the tournament, the NDTV reported.
In its place Sri Lanka Cricket, the league's owners, will conduct the regular inter-provincial Twenty20 tournament featuring five domestic sides without involving foreign players.
An official announcement is awaited, though South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs, one of the overseas players linked with the tournament, told this website that he'd been informed of the one-year deferral.
ESPNcricinfo understands that the decision to postpone the league - which was scheduled to start on July 19 - was taken on Thursday at a meeting between the SLC's new committee and Somerset Entertainment Ventures, the league's organisers. Given the BCCI's decision not to let Indian players participate and the time crunch, both parties felt it prudent to delay the launch. A four-week window in August 2012 was identified as the best time for the tournament; meanwhile the SLC will continue to lobby the BCCI for Indian participation.
The BCCI had withheld its permission on the grounds that Somerset, which owned the commercial rights, would be handling the contracts for international players and that could lead to complications should disputes arise over payments. In order to assuage the Indian board, SLC was willing to back the Indian players' contracts so that their financial interests were protected, but that was not enough to satisfy the BCCI. There have been suggestions that former IPL chairman Lalit Modi had a hand in the event, but SLC and Somerset have repeatedly denied the allegation, as has Modi.
Sri Lanka is incapable of doing anything with the support of India.
ASHRAFF NAZIM Friday, 08 July 2011 05:30 AM
I agree and endorse with Dr. Wimal and Mr. Lalith Modi is the Key man to consult for a solution. No we have to wait and see for one year.
Fayad Friday, 08 July 2011 05:39 AM
Do not postpone, Cancel the (SLPL) concentrate on future intentional itinerary even think twice before sending SL players to IPL
ASFAR Saturday, 09 July 2011 05:19 AM
typical sri lankan stupidity. too much talk and no plans.
Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 08 July 2011 06:45 AM
Serves them right for the arrogance of the Sports Minister and the greed of the Cricket officials. Every day is not Christmas!
ayub Friday, 08 July 2011 06:53 AM
Please publish the audit reports of SLC and make a public inquariy to what has made SLC bankcrupt.
Deshahithisee Friday, 08 July 2011 06:54 AM
How pathetic Sri Lanka Cricket! who is responsible ? God knows
Kiri Banda Thursday, 07 July 2011 09:12 PM
Pay the national cricketers the money they earn from TV rights & sponsorships without SLC officials rigging it. It's the SL cricketers that bring the millions of dollars to SLC not the officials. Why not pay them good money so that they don't have to play IPL to look after their families. Then we Sri Lankans can walk with head high.
Kiri Banda Thursday, 07 July 2011 09:12 PM
Without getting embarrassed after licking to BCCI what SLC has to do is don't let any Sri Lankan player play in IPL next year. But SLC must match salaries of all the IPL contracted Sri Lankan players and pay them and tell them to play the Sri Lanka domestic matches instead of the IPL. For e.g I believe Mahela gets $1.5 million for the season. Pay Mahela that amount & tell him to participate in the domestic club matches. We as fans know why there is a power struggle to get to SLC as officials. And fans know that SLC officials rigs it in millions of dollars and don’t pay SL cricketers’ good salaries. In-fact SL cricketers are the lowest earning cricketers on planet (Hard to believe it right?) although the Sri Lanka team did reached 2 world cup finals in the last 4 years. After all it's the stars like Mahela, Kumar, Malinga, Dilshan, Anjelo & etc that SLC gets millions of dollars as for TV rights & sponsorship deals. And why not pay them the money they earn?
shantha Friday, 08 July 2011 07:57 AM
No one allow copy cat, introduce new match sires, suitable to our country,
RajasH Friday, 08 July 2011 08:01 AM
wonder why you left Sana out.
kanishka Friday, 08 July 2011 09:32 AM
M.L. Chong Friday, 08 July 2011 10:42 AM
Mooto of the agri SLC.
sparks Friday, 08 July 2011 03:25 AM
One simple question, where the heck can we get the money (or even generate the same) you are talking about?
Black Mamba Friday, 08 July 2011 03:33 AM
This is what happens when we try to keep up with the Jones!
mahela Monday, 22 August 2011 09:49 AM
I love SLPL. Im eagerly waiting to watch that
Dr.Wimal_Modawansa Friday, 08 July 2011 03:42 AM
Consult Mr Lalith Modi before making any decisions.
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