"It's the duty of every Sri Lankan to support the SLPL"

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So says Sandeep Bhammer, the CEO of Somerset Entertainment Ventures (SEV) who are the promoters of the SLPL.

He came on our show The Armchair Critics Podcast for an interview a couple of days ago to talk about  the SLPLs  origins, its format and structure and the financial motivators for both SLC and SEV.

Bhammer also provides insights into the SLPL's future as well its sustainability.

Listen to the full interview here

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Damith Samarakoon and Andrew Fernando contribute editorial content to ESPNCricinfo when not running from the SLC.

Damith blogs regularly at www.theflyslip.net and. You can follow him on twitter @theflyslip. Andrew is ESPNCricinfo's Sri Lankan Correspondent and you can follow him on twitter @andrewffernando

Neither of them have ever been gagged. Yet.

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ROAR OF LANKA's picture
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Yeah right....And make our cricketers more bogus and fatigue them more till they burst and vanish...Really and truly I am very angry and disappointed about the SLPL..it really is not made to improve cricket in SL but to make more and more money and digs a deep hole down the glory times of SLC.

Mayan's picture
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is that 1st host a lady or gay?

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@ROAR OF LANKA chill bro ! that's life ,you win some you loose some !

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Roar - Well think of it this way. If the SLPL wasn't there SL still would have been playing some cricket ahead of the 2020 WC because they would need that match practice.

There are 18 days from when the SLPL ends to when the T20 WC begins. So fatigue probably wont come into it at all.

Making money- Why is this a bad thing? If there is one thing the SLC needs then it is money so why would it be wrong to try something that might make them a lot of it. Eitherway if you listned to the show you'd know that the the revenue is very low and the profits will only come in maybe 3 yrs down the track. So its really an investment iso being something that will make money quickly in anycase.

I'm not saying the SLPL is a silver bullet to solve all problems or some great thing that will infact benefit cricke in SL but it will undeniably expose our local talent to a big competition and hopefully expand some of their cricketing skills. If we unearth a few talents or get to see talents we already know are good like Bhanuka, Munaweera, etc shine then all the better don't you think.

I'm just playing devils advocate. Interested in your thoughts in anycase.

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Mayan - You are quite the perceptive lad aren't you? Yes, Andrew is a bit of a diva on the show. But looking at your display pic you shouldn't be so discriminatory. I'm just glad you are able to see through that lovely mop of hair of yours. Well done.

Marcian's picture
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Fatigue is an issue. Our boys are already exhausted from playing non-stop international cricket over the last 12 months.

I dont think 18 days of rest prior to the T20 world cup is sufficient enough to recharge their batteries - body and mind. They are professional cricketers but this is pushing them to the brink.

SLPL is a good experience for all the club cricketers but for the national players, it's a waste of time and energy.

I would be peeved if the seniors play every SL(I)PL match - they need to manage themselves properly or risk breakdown sooner or later.

Anyway, lets see how the tournament pans out but I have no faith in SLC and SEV - who have no previous experience in event management - to pull this off.

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Marcian - well however way you look at it intertional calendars are packed. Pls don't get me wrong I am certain you know me well enough to know that I want the best possible talent of SL to be at the full tilt for SL duties - the guys do get a big break after the t20 WC from memory.

18 days are quite a bit in this day and age that is close to 3 weeks. Should they get more rest - absolutely- I think we pushed them to the brink when we played the absolutely toss Asia cup. Hopefully with all this being at home and family and friends close by it can offer them some relief.

Do SL cricket absolutely need the SLPL - probably not

Is it a necessary evil - I think so. Financially more than anything else IMO.

I am not a promoter of the SLC either but that is the point - hoping against all hope that this works and does well because no matter how anti anyone might be. Its something that needs to work for SL cricket to get out of this hole IMO.

Read this
http://theflyslip.net/2012/05/22/the-slpl/

Wrote that a while ago before all the recent changes but I think the general idea I present their still holds true from my point of view.

Cheers.

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I read somewhere that the seniors were given the option of not playing the Asia cup but they insisted on playing.

Dont know whether that story is true or not. I guess we need to digest articles nowadays with a pinch of salt. Too many half-truths and fabricated stories going around.

I hope SLPL is successful but still skeptical about the pros. Time will tell!

Marcian's picture
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Damith,

I was mulling over this since my last post. Actually, its not even 18 days rest. Surely, there will be practices and gym work at least 10 days prior to the T20 world cup. So, basically, its around one week of RR - no way is that enough after a grueling 12 month period. I'm seriously worried about our preparations for the T20 world cup now.

Agree, our boys being close to family and friends during SLPL can offer some relief but I strongly believe they need a complete switch off from cricket for at least 6 weeks. Too much of anything cant be good thing, right? They cant eat, drink and sleep cricket 24-hours of the day!

Our boys looked lethargic during the India ODI series. I dont blame them.

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Hey mate,

Ya true. I guess the one good thing with the SLPL is that is short unlike the IPL which drags on for 6 weeks.

Someone who makes the final will play I think 6 group games 1 SF and Final

So 8 games in total - which is roughly say 4 hrs a game 32 hours of total cricket. Of course that doesnt include training etc..

Imagine if we had played the full India tour which was for 3 tests as well. I think that might have hurt more than playing the SLPL.

Hopefully our guys can keep going and being at home infront of home crowds can spur them on. Thats my hope anyway.

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