Indian players' absence won't affect the SLPL: Aravinda de Silva

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Aravinda de Silva said he hopes the non-payment issues of the Indian Premier League and the Bangaldesh Premier League won’t be an issue in the Sri Lanka Premier League Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Kolkata: Aug 10, 2012

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Aravinda de Silva hopes that the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) unlike its equivalent Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) does not wallow in the payment-related issues.

De Silva said, “I hope this (non-payment) doesn’t happen here in the SLPL for the players’ sake. I think the respective boards should try to make sure they get reasonable guarantee from the franchise holders to ensure players get their contracted amount.”

The IPL and the BPL made headlines for the wrong reasons recently as many players contractual salaries were not honoured.

The Sri Lankan batting legend feels the absence of Indian cricketers in SLPL will not affect the tournament s popularity.

De Silva was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying, “I think there are a lot of international stars involved in it. Whether they are Indian, Australian or West Indian, it really doesn’t matter as long as they are the part of the tournament,” he said.

The first match of the T20 tournament commences on August 11 and the final will be held on August 31.