Sri Lanka Cricket has announced that the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) which was to be held in 2011 has been postponed to August 2012 after facing a series of problems, including the withdrawal of Indian players from the tournament.
Sri Lanka Cricket said, “SLC & the SLPL Committee regret to inform the public and the Media, that the much looked forward to first edition of the SLPL which was to be held in 2011, will not be held.”
“Attempts to obtain the release of the Indian players were unsuccessful, causing a delay in the naming of the final composition of the SLPL teams which then had an impact on making related arrangements in an effective and timely manner. Therefore, SLC & the SLPL Committee find that there is insufficient time to arrange a tournament of this magnitude this year, within the available window. It has therefore been decided, to postpone the inaugural version of the SLPL by one year”.
Now Sri Lanka Cricket, the league’s owners, will conduct the regular inter-provincial Twenty20 tournament featuring five domestic sides without involving foreign players. The winner will participate in this year’s Champions League T20 tournament.