India to boycott Sri Lanka Premier League
By Staff Writers | June 14, 2012
Sri Lanka Cricket announced last month that the tournament will be launched in August. © AFP
Sri Lanka's IPL-style T20 tournament, the Sri Lanka Premier League, has yet again been dealt a crushing blow. India will not allow its players to participate in the tournament which will be launched in August.
Last year, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) postponed the launch of the tournament after India refused to send its players. SLC, who appeared to only view the tournament as a means to generate revenue, were not interested in conducting what is a local tournament if India's players, who draw in vast sums of money through TV rights deals and advertising, were not present.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly not keen on allowing any of their stars to take part in T20 leagues in other nations.
"They (SLC) did approach us but we may not be in a position to send our players," an unnamed BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Times of India today.
While SLC is yet to release an official statement on this recent development, an official speaking on the condition of anonymity said: "We will go ahead this time without India."
The tournament has been plagued with controversy and SLC officials have faced criticism over their handling of the tournament, as well as the signing of a 15-year deal with a previously unknown company in Singapore.
The agreement signed between SLC and the Singapore-based Somerset Entertainment Ventures, who essentially have control of the entire tournament, was subjected to an investigation by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE).
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