Sri Lankan Premier League Postponed Due to BCCI Ruling
July 5, 2011
After Sri Lanka Circket had made the bold statement that it would push ahead with its inaugural premier league (SLPL) despite being dealt a body blow by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) unilateral decision to bar Indian players from participating, the SLPL has been “postponed” for the present.
Sandeep Bhammer, chairman of Somerset Entertainment Ventures, which holds the commercial rights for the Sri Lanka Premier League, confirmed the news, though no further details were made immediately available.
Twelve Indian players were to take part in the 16-day tournament, which was scheduled to run from 19 July to 4 August.
The BCCI’s official stance for its decision to ban Indian players from taking part was that it saw the SLPL as a “private tournament”. Pertinently, it was the winning team from this same “private tournament” that was to represent Sri Lanka in this year’s Champions League, the Twenty20 event co-owned by the cricket boards of India, Australia and South Africa.