SLPL press conference crashes and burns

A press conference to announce the launch of the new Sri Lanka Premier League T20 tournament (SLPL) was called off at the very last minute, causing more embarrassment to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), which in recent times has admitted, that despite being the richest sports body on the island, they were broke and unable to pay salaries to staff.

Apparently, a row between MCC and ECB led to the cancellation.

A Lord’s press conference designed to promote the new Sri Lankan Premier League was announced and cancelled within hours yesterday, amid reports that the MCC and ECB are at loggerheads over the allocation of Tests next summer.

Star names including Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan were lined up to appear at Lord’s on Thursday to promote the new Twenty20 tournament, only for the event to be hastily pulled by organisers after intervention from the ECB.

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