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DTH News : SLPL-Sri Lanka Premier League
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SLPL undergoes structural changes
The inaugural event of the Sri Lanka Premier League has seen some fundamental changes in its system such as adoption of franchise system and selection of players via draft system.
   
The teams will now be under private ownership and not under the control of Cricket Board. This has been announced by the SLC yesterday and has also begun the tender process for the franchise system.

7 teams will be participating in the event, all of which would have come directly under the control of SLC if the tournament had been played as scheduled in 2011. $3 million is the reserve price for a team. Once the franchises are set, they will not need to sign fresh agreements before 7 years. A maximum of 3 teams will be allowed for those who will be interested to own a franchise.

The closing date of tenders is 25th of June and the bidding will begin the same day. The teams will be named as per the 7 provinces of Sri Lanka namely Basnahira, Kandurata, Nagenahira, Ruhuna, Uthura, Uva and Wayamaba.


At most 4 international players could feature in a match from any team. And the good news for Lankan youngsters is that one player in a game must be from Sri Lanka Under-21 international.

-Cricket Companion
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Sri Lanka to go ahead with Premier League with or without Indian players

Colombo: The Sri Lanka Premier League would go ahead as planned even without non participation of Indian players, Sri Lankan Cricket Secretary said on Friday.
"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 is being scheduled for August ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September-October.
The SLPL was last year cancelled due to non participation of the Indian players.
-NDTV
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Sri Lanka sets $3 mn floor price for T20 league franchises
MUMBAI: The cash-strapped Sri Lanka Cricket board (SLC) has set a floor price of $3 million for the T20 league franchises, a paltry amount compared to the IPL.
When IPL launched in 2008, it had fixed a minimum price of $50 million, which later zoomed to $225 million when two teams were added in 2010.
The SLC said it will lease out seven teams for a period of seven years and has set in motion the process of identifying franchises for the Sri Lanka Premier League. Bids are invited for the T20 league which has been formed on the lines of cash rich Indian Premier League.
The last day to submit bids is 25 June, while the names of successful bidders will be announced the same day. Interested entities can bid for a maximum of three franchises.
The first edition of SLPL Twenty20 will feature seven provincial teams who will play a total of 24 matches at two venues Colombo and Pallekele. The SLPL will be played from 10-31 August before the ICC Twenty20 World Cup which will be held in Sri Lanka.
Each team will be allowed to have only 18 players in their squad with a compulsory ruling of no more than six overseas players in each squad.

However, teams can field only four overseas players in the playing eleven, while the remaining seven players will be Sri Lankan's with one player mandatorily being an under-21 cricketer.
The players will be selected through draft process with players being divided into two groups. The first group will consist of players from Sri Lanka while the second group will include foreign players.
It was the Indian cricket board's reluctance to allow Indian players in the SLPL that led to the postponement of the league last year.
However, the SLC has made it clear that it will go ahead with the league even without Indian players. "We will go ahead with the tournament with or without Indian players," SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said.
The Sri Lankan board has got the commitment of most full member countries, who have committed to release their players for the tournament, he added.
Somerset Entertainment Ventures is commercial rights holder for the tournament.
All the matches of SLPL will be televised live by Carlton Sports in Sri Lanka. CSN is owned by family members of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
-indiantelevision

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Sri Lanka Cricket defends broadcast rights deal
Accusations of misconduct over the award of national TV rights to a new private broadcasting organisation run by the president's sons have been denied by the president of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
Criticism has been raging on the island about the deal, which will see Carlton Sports Network (CSN) air cricket played in Sri Lanka by the national team over the next three years for a fee of SLR 125 million (about US$1 million).
BBC Sinhala, however, has reportedly been told by SLC's president Upali Dharmadasa, that the contract award followed a 'proper tender procedure' which saw CSN come forward as the only bidder following a newspaper advertisement.
"Nothing illegal or unlawful has taken place," Dharmadasa told the BBC. He said the deal was free from political interference adding: "Are we supposed to reject a company because it is an organisation owned by the president's sons?"
Since 1996, state owned Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) has held the rights to broadcast cricket within Sri Lanka.
During the last Cricket World Cup, co-hosted by Sri Lanka along with Bangladesh and India, SLRC earned advertising revenues of over SLR 556 million (about $4.3 million), after paying a reported SLR 143 million ($1.1 million) for the broadcasting rights.
The SLRC told the BBC that the SLC's recent tender for Sri Lankan cricket until 2016 was not seen in the newspaper, and so the corporation failed to make a bid.
"Yes we will certainly lose a considerable income but I wouldn't say we will end up in debt as a result," Mohan Samaranayake, chairman, SLRC is quoted as saying by the BBC.
"We will look into how our marketing and sports departments missed the newspaper advertisement and of course will continue bid for sports rights in future events," he added.
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Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board will leave for Colombo on Wednesday to sign an agreement with Sri Lankan Cricket authorities on participation of Pakistani players in Sri Lanka Cricket league and vice-versa

Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board Zaka Ashraf will leave for Colombo on Wednesday to sign an agreement with Sri Lankan Cricket authorities on participation of Pakistani players in Sri Lanka Cricket league and vice-versa.

Under the agreement‚ Pakistani players will take part in the Sri Lankan premier league while Sri Lankan Crickets will play Pakistan premier league.

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Sri Lanka Premier League franchises fetch $30 million
The auction of seven Sri Lanka Premier League franchises have fetched Sri Lankan cricket board $30 million with average price of each franchise working out to $4.3 million.
The SLC had set the reserve price for each franchise at $3 million. The franchises have the rights for seven years.

The names of the franchises have not been revealed. The SLC will announce the list of successful bidders only after its executive committee ratifies the bids.
"I am pleased to announce that bids were received in respect of all seven teams, at average price of $4.3 million per bid," SLC official Vajira Dassanayake said.
Each team will be allowed to have only 18 players in their squad with a compulsory ruling of no more than six overseas players in each squad.
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SLPL will be hit only if Indian players will be taken participate. As we saw aleady Bangladesh Premiur league and all.. where Indians were not available due to BCCI restriction. Although it was HIT in BD but major portion of advertisement came from Indian media. Hope to see a lot more Indian players in Srilankan League...
Wishing you best of luk!!!
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Indian companies pick up all 7 Sri Lanka Premier League franchises
It's the Indian money that will bankroll the Sri Lanka Premier League as all the seven franchises have been bought by Indian business enterprises despite the fact that Indian players won't be part of the league, the very reason why the tournament was postponed last year.

Leading the flock is Wadhawan Holdings which bought Wayamba for $5.02 million, thereby making it the costliest franchise. Number One Sports Consulting bid $4.98 million to bag the Kandurata franchise.

The Uva and Ruhuna franchises went to Success Sports and Pearl Overseas respectively for $4.6 million each.
It's the Indian money that will bankroll the Sri Lanka Premier League as all the seven franchises have been bought by Indian business enterprises. This is despite the fact that Indian players won't be part of the league, the very reason why the tournament was postponed last year.

Indian Cricket Dundee bought the Basnahira franchise for $4.33 million, while Uthura was snapped up by Rudra Sports for $3.4 million.

Pepsi Sri Lanka's bottler, Varun Beverages Lanka, bid $3.22 million for owning the Nagenahira franchise. The Sri Lankan subsidiary is part of India-based Varun Beverages group.

The seven franchises have collectively committed $30 million for a period of seven years.

The first edition of the SLPL will be held from 10-31 August. The seven teams will play a total of 24 matches at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
The players will be selected through draft process on 5 and 6 July. They will be divided into two groups with the first group comprising players from Sri Lanka while the second group will include foreign players.

The SLPL Franchise owners:

Wayamba – Wadhawan Holdings Private Limited ($5.02 million)
Kandurata - Number One Sports Consulting Private Limited ($4.98 million)
Ruhuna - Pearl Overseas Limited ($4.6 million)
Uva Success Sports Private Limited ($4.6 million)
Basnahira -Indian Cricket Dundee Limited ($4.33 million)
Uthura - Rudra Sports Private Limited ($3.4 million)
Nagenahira - Varun Beverages Lanka Private Limited ($3.22 million)


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Foreign players well represented in SLPL

KARACHI: Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle of West Indies will star in Sri Lanka’s inaugural Twenty20 league next month, the Sri Lankan cricket board said on Friday.

The pair is among 56 foreign players listed to take part in the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) to be held in Colombo and Pallekele from August 10-31, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

Gayle will be the highest paid player in the list at $100,000, while Afridi will get $50,000, according to a media release issued by the board.

The other foreign players will receive salaries ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 for their efforts in the 24-match event.

The tournament, which aims to follow the success of the highly popular Indian Premier League (IPL), does not have any players from India or England on the list released by the board.

But the line-up includes a host of current, former and upcoming players from Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, New Zealand, the West Indies and South Africa.

Australian Ryan Harris, South Africa’s Richard Levi and Johan Botha, Misbahul Haq and Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan and Shakib Al-Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal of Bangladesh feature in the list.

The players will play alongside leading Sri Lankan stars like skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lasith Malinga for seven provincial franchise teams.

Unlike the televised players’ auctions in the IPL, the cricketers contracted to the SLPL were divided among the seven teams by a draft system that was held behind closed doors in Colombo on Thursday.

Sri Lanka Cricket has so far declined to name the owners of the seven franchises, although recent media reports suggested they were all little-known Indian companies after organisers received lukewarm response from local firms.

However, it was unclear how many matches the 13 Pakistanis in the list will play since they are due to play a limited-over series against Australia in the UAE from August 28 to September 10.

The name of the seven teams and players are:

Uthura: Shakib Al Hasan, Brendan Taylor, Kevon Cooper, Imran Farhat, Fidel Edwards, David Miller, Dillon du Preez, Samuel Badree.

Nagenahira: Mitchell Marsh, Imran Nazir, Travis Birt, Ahmed Shahzad, Ben Laughlin, Elias Sunny, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nasir Hossain.

Ruhuna: Shahid Afridi, Daniel Harris, Ryan Harris, Aaron Finch, Jerome Taylor, Nathan McCullum, Ryan McLaren, Richard Levi.

Wayamba: Azhar Mahmood, Umar Akmal, Tamim Iqbal, Colin Ingram, Kemar Roach, James Faulkner, Abdul Razzaq, Brad Hogg.

Kandurata: Saeed Ajmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Sohail Tanvir, Chris Lynn, Dane Vilas, Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Adam Voges.

Basnahira: Brad Hodge, Marlon Samuels, Daniel Smith, Dirk Nannes, Robin Peterson, Tim Southee, Clint

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'All franchisees in Lankan Premiere League not sponsored by Indian companies'

Islamabad, July 9(ANI): Sandeep Bhammer, who is the CEO of Somerset Entertainment Ventures (SEV) that has acquired the overall sponsorship rights to partner Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in the Sri Lankan Premier League (SLPL), has denied claims that all franchisees in the tournament have been sponsored by Indian companies.

When asked during an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Bhammer denied the rumour.

"That's not true. In fact one of the companies is called Varun Beverages Lanka Private Limited which is a Sri Lankan company and also there is another which is based out of Hong Kong whose founders have varied interest in different industries," Bhammer said.

"Then you have five companies that are from India who have bought the franchises. Its only natural that companies from the sub-continent will participate as Sri Lanka will be an immediate opportunity for them to exploit because of the geographical proximity," he added.
-ANI
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