Sri Lankan Cricket’s recent troubles continue after the board’s ambitious plans of conducting a franchise-based T20 tournament was called off.
The board is yet to confirm postponement of Lankan Premier League, but the talk of the event not happening has been doing the rounds since the elections of SLC was held by a court ruling in May. Tournament Director of LPL Russel Arnold confirmed the postponement with a tweet.
LPL was a brainchild of former SLC chief Thilanga Sumathihpala and the event had gained momentum after Sumathipala had received the backing of Board of Control for Cricket in India. BCCI that conducts the lucrative Indian Premier League doesn’t allow Indian players to take part in other franchise-based events.
SLC released a statement: “We would have loved to make profits, no doubt about that. But it was not going to happen in the first few years for practical reasons. But once we had built up a product, we could market it. More than profit making, through Lankan Premier League what we intended was creating a competitive environment and raise the standards of domestic cricket.”
While explaining the technical difficulties of releasing players, BCCI had verbally committed to free certain players and the names of Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Yusuf Pathan were talked about in cricket circles. The participation of Indian players would have made the event commercially profitable.