BCCI Says Indian players in SLPL is a Possibility
BCCI (The Board Of Control For Cricket In India) president N Srinivasan has said that Indian players could participate in the newly launched Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL T20), if the hosts make such a proposal. The tournament will be held between August 10 and 31 this year at Colombo and Pallekele International Cricket Stadiums. Each of the seven provincial teams will be allowed a maximum of six overseas players in their squads and four in their playing XI.
“Last time around, there were considerable reasons why the BCCI could not help the tournament,” Srinivasan said. “And we informed the Sri Lankan board (SLC) at that time.
“This time, if there are any proposals made, we will examine it. And we have to be satisfied that the doubts and problems we had last time will not continue.”
Last year’s event was scheduled to kick off on July 19, with the final to be played on August 6. The tournament hit its first hurdle when the BCCI decided to withhold its permission to allow Indian players to take part on the grounds that Somerset Entertainment Ventures, which owned the commercial rights, would be handling the contracts for international players and that it could lead to complications, should disputes arise over payments.
In order to assuage the BCCI, 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. The tournament had to be postponed.
Srinivasan chose not to comment on why the deal collapsed last year. The success of the Indian Premier League has led to the mushrooming of similar Twenty20 leagues in Bangladesh and Australia. However, Indian players have been absent from both.
The teams of Sri Lanka Premier League 2012 (SLPL) tournament will be Basnahira (Western) Bears, Kandurata (central hill) Kites, Nagenahira (eastern) Nagas, Ruhuna (southern) Rhinos, Uthura (north) Oryxes, Uva (south eastern) Unicorns, Wayamba (north central) Wolves.
© ESPN EMEA Ltd.