By CricketCountry Staff
New Delhi: Jun 15, 2012
The inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) which is slated to be held in August this year may not feature Indian players. According to a report in the Times of India on Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has rejected Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) request for the availability of Indian players for the league.
The report said that the BCCI’s main contention was that if it allowed its players to play in this league, they it may have to permit them for various leagues around the world. With a busy international schedule coming India’s way, the BCCI is not ready to take such a move.
India’s next home series is against New Zealand in August and a BCCI official told Times of India, “They (SLC) did approach us, but we may not be in a position to send our players."
The SLC is now trying for the players who wouldn’t be selected in the Indian team. An SLC official told the newspaper, “BCCI is not convinced. But we are going ahead with the league this time."
"We will go ahead with the tournament with or without Indian players," SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga told reporters.
Ranatunga, however, said that SLC had not been officially told that Indian players would not take part in SLPL.
Ranatunga was responding to Indian media reports which quoted BCCI officials as saying that the Indian players would not be taking part in SLPL due to a crammed schedule.
The SLPL was supposed to be held in 2011, but was deferred. The Indian players’ non-availability for that event is said to be one of the reasons for its cancellation.