Friday, July 08, 2011

Sri Lanka Premier League delayed to 2012

Posted by Admin On 9:22 AM

The Sri Lanka Premier League has been deferred to August 2012 after facing a series of problems. After facing a plethora of teething issues, including the removal of Indian players from the contest, the SLPL has finally been delayed to August 2012.Sri Lanka will have the five-team home Twenty20 league in its place, but that will not slot in any foreign players.

It is likely that the decision to postpone the league, which was scheduled to start on July 19, was taken on Thursday at a meeting between the Cricket Sri Lanka's new group and the league's organizers, Somerset activity Ventures. A four-week window in August next year has been recognized as the best time to host the event.

The BCCI had decline No Objection certificate to 12 Indian players - Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Manoj Tiwary, Saurabh Tiwary, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Manish Pandey and Paul Valthaty - after it was rumored that the contest was prearranged by a private party which is close to suspended IPL chief, Lalit Modi, and based in Singapore.

Another main blow to the league's hopes of taking off this year was the closure of the SLC committe, which shaped the contest, by Sri Lanka's sports ministry.


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