By Staff Writers | August 31, 2012
The SLPL failed to attract large crowds in its first edition. © Shaun Roy/SPORTZPICS/SLPL
New Zealand’s Scott Styris, who played two games for Kandurata in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), has said that while the lack of crowds at Sri Lanka’s IPL-style tournament has been an issue, he is hopeful that the turnout will be better in future editions.
The 37-year-old had a poor tournament by his standards, but said that he enjoyed his time in Sri Lanka.
"The SLPL has been a thoroughly enjoyable event. I think it is a very well-organised tournament and we have been provided with top-drawer facilities," Styris told the Pakistani website Pakpassion.net.
"It has been a great experience to be with the likes of [Sanath] Jayasuriya and [Kumar] Sangakkara. To be honest, I was a little nervous initially as this was a newly formed league.
"But credit to the organizers, I’ve been really impressed with the facilities and it’s been a great three weeks here."
The attendance has been noticeably low for the first edition of the SLPL, in a nation where domestic cricket is of little interest to the masses.
"The attendance has been an issue, as we haven’t seen huge crowds at the SLPL. However, Sangakkara told me that a lot of people are getting used to the format and the teams, so it will take a little time for them to grasp the concept and get used to it," Styris said.
"I am sure that we will be seeing more people at the grounds in the future editions of this tournament."
The final of the SLPL between Uva and Nagenahira takes place today 20:00 (local time) at the R. Premadasa Stadum in Colombo.
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